Buttery, creamy, with a hint of earthy nuttiness, Ossau Iraty is a traditional Basque cheese. It's an AOC protected status. Protected status is a practice that is critical to small communities, regions, and traditional means of producing food. 

I stumbled across a wedge of Ossau Iraty quite by accident and am completely smitten. It is delicious! I must confess, sheep’s cheese is beginning to hedge to the top of my favorites list. This particular cheese originates in the Pyrenees and is the only cheese from the Pyrenees with a controlled designation of origin, the AOC. The AOC, is a French designation recognizing that legally any cheese using the name Ossau Iraty must comply with the designated criteria and come from the designated area.

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If you live in the U.S. and have traveled the west coast, Highway 5 to be exact, chances are you’ve passed the miles long feeding operation that is so dank and disgusting, with cows basically standing on top of each other for miles, in mud, feces, rotting food, and who knows what else.
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Stilton is a protected designation of origin cheese and in order to be called Stilton must be from one of three counties; either Derbyshire, Leicestershire, or Nottinghamshire in the U.K. Sharp and pungent with a creamy earthiness; stilton cheese is traditionally enjoyed with a nice glass of port. Tonight’s cheese is actually accompanying dinner so no port is on the scene, although a nice glass of shiraz seems to be holding its own with the strong stilton flavors.

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There comes a time when you have to take a stand for a cause; and protecting food heritage seems like a pretty good cause and now seems like a really excellent time. There’s a silent war being waged on traditional and heritage foods around the world, in fact, on all food that is sustainable and readily available at the community level.With backroom deals like the ‘regulatory convergence’ and other TTIP nightmares hanging around our heads, it’s a good idea to start paying attention and taking a stand.

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If you’ve been paying attention in the marketplace, you may have noticed food labels like Heirloom or Heritage in your produce section and at the meat counter. It might be tempting to discount these labels as yet one more trendy fad but don’t do it.The term “heritage” in the food marketplace typically refers to animals and meat products. Preserving heritage breeds not only provides variety in the marketplace but also generates diversity and variety in the animals which as indicator of health.

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From werewolves to magic beans, we've all heard tales about the power of the moon. Having communication or technology issues? It could be the planet Mercury in retrograde. Fact or fiction? According to biodynamic agriculture the movement of the celestial bodies has a very real influence on the day to day workings of our lives. 

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