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Southern Comfort, official WOAO? jibberjabber, and Hungry Filmmakers

The cold may have touched almost every state of the Union, but the South still radiates a warm welcome… And what better way to feel welcomed then to have WOAO? selected to screen at two film festivals.

magfestThe first festival was this weekend at the Magnolia Film Festival in Starksville, MS. WOAO? kept the food conversation going as Saturday night’s feature film.

FFFThe second festival will take place in none other then the sunshine state itself at the Florida Film Festival in Maitland, Fl on April 10th. WOAO? was selected to kick off the Food Focused Film weekend! As always, if you’re in the area stop on by it should be a great time.

ShellnMartyWandSinterviewAnd while the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival has come and gone, we still have a lasting impression of the warmth and fun we had there, plus a fun interview to snack on! Check out the interview from See Jane Do with Shelley and WOAO?’s very own Marty Mesh! Hear what inspired Shelley to make WOAO?, Marty’s thoughts on the future of organic growing and their comments on natural vs organic:

CathyPicHeritageRadioAnd speaking of some tasty multi-media press, tune in to Heritage Radio Network at 1 pm today to hear Shelley joining Hungry Filmmaker’s co-curator, Cathy Erway, on her show, Let’s Eat In. Ana Joanes, director of FRESH, will be there as well, so we’re excited to start talking about eating food, having babies, writing books, and making films as we gear up for the 2nd Installment of Hungry Filmmakers this Tuesday, February 23rd! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get one soon: And check out our listing in the NY Times Dining Calendar!

Plus, DVDs will be out to manufacture soon and WOAO? website is being updated, dandified & expanded as we speak! Check back soon for more features…

truefoodnetworkOH, and very important–the comment period has been extended to March 3rd regarding Genetically Engineered Crop contamination, so DON’T FORGET to tell USDA to keep GE Alfafa OUT of our food system! Here’s the True Food Network’s easy Action Page:


Shelley and the WOAO? team


Finally, a Final Rule! Some tasty cud to chew on…

Well friends, it looks like all of our bovine brethren on organic farms will have some tasty cud to chew! The USDA published the FINAL RULE ON ORGANIC ACCESS TO PASTURE, which ensures that organic livestock production is a PASTURE based system. Hooray!

FOODFarmersAccording to our friends, THE FOOD FARMERS (the Federation of Organic Farmers), this final rule will “require that dairy cows and other ruminants be out on pasture for the entire growing season, but for not less than 120 days. It also requires that the animals receive at least 30% of their feed, or dry matter intake (DMI), from pasturing. In addition, organic livestock will be required to have access to the outdoors year-round with the exception of temporary confinement due to mitigating and documentable environmental or health considerations.”

And the reactions are pouring out quicker then you can say “pasteurize it!” As Kathie Arnold put it, “I am still pinching myself to be sure that this is all real–after all these years it seems almost too good to be true.” Kathie Arnold and Jim Gardiner who both appear in WOAO? are members of the Federation of Organic Farmers.

The controversy concerning the loophole in the old standards is a strong point that is addressed in WOAO?… How do we ensure that the integrity of the organic label is maintained? As the organic industry grows, will it just fit into the exploitative food system we already have or will we reinvent the food system to be more environmentally and socially ethical?

Here’s a SNEAK PEAK of an organic cow digesting pasture from one of WOAO?’s animations!cow1final0069

And check out the Northeast Organic Dairy Producer’s Alliance website, if you want more information on more pasture rule resources…

So, after nearly a decade of wading through bureaucratic hurdles along with a dose of the regulation-enforcement-averse climate of the Bush administration, it is a HAPPY DAY FOR ORGANIC DAIRY FARMERS, LIVESTOCK, AND FOOD CITIZENS.

Let’s raise a glasses of organic milk high in air and give three cheers–this ones for the cows!

Shelley, Ursula, & the WOAO? team