The Raw Milk Answer Book


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David E. Gumpert is a journalist who specializes in health and food issues. He is the author of two other books about food civil rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat (2013), and The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights (2009). Both books include a preface by farmer Joel Salatin. He has written for a number of online publications, including Modern Farmer, Alternet, Grist and Huffington Post. His popular blog, The Complete Patient (, has since 2006 aggressively covered a number of health and food rights issues, focusing heavily on regulatory excesses involving raw milk and food safety. It has been instrumental in launching a national discussion about restrictions on the availability of unpasteurized dairy products, and in highlighting an emerging debate over food rights. A previous book was co-authored with his aunt, about his family's experiences during the Holocaust: Inge: A Girl's Journey Through Nazi Europe. David is also a well-known business writer, having authored or co-authored seven books about various aspects of entrepreneurship and running a small business. His most recent business book, Burn Your Business Plan! What Investors Really Want from Entrepreneurs, provides entrepreneurs with concrete guidance for going beyond written business plans to attract investor interest. It has been widely praised by entrepreneurs, investors, and academics alike, and is used as a teaching tool in many business schools. He has also run several businesses. In 1995, he co-founded an Internet marketing company that grew to 20 employees and was acquired in late 1999 by a public corporation. It was David's business experience writing about and running small businesses that stimulated his interest in food civil rights. He understood that small farms are often struggling businesses, and concluded that government attacks on small farms over raw milk and private food sales impede their ability to compete and survive. Prior to his book-writing and entrepreneurship career, he spent nine years as a staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal and seven years as small business editor of the Harvard Business Review. He was also a senior editor of Inc. Magazine. His bachelor's degree is in political science from the University of Chicago, and he has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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