Book To Read

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The Barre Montpelier Times Argus has a story today about a new book that is now sure to be on my list of books to read. In Mad Sheep: The True Story Behind the USDA’s War on a Family Farm, Linda Faillace gives an account of the destruction of her flock of sheep by the USDA. The Faillaces had long dreamed of breeding sheep and making artisanal cheese on their farm, but in 2001 the USDA notified the Faillaces that their European-born sheep were suspected of having TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy), a disease related to mad cow's disease. The department seized and destroyed their entire flock. In the end it turned out the sheep were perfectly healthy, but the Faillaces would never be the same.

To cope with the trauma, Linda began to record the events as a memoir, and this book is the result. According to the editor, "Mad Sheep is the account of one family’s struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply." Definitely a must-read.

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