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Nelson discusses why unprocessed milk is the only illegal food in North Carolina and if it has any benefits to users.
North Carolina's high rate of fetal and neonatal mortality ranks the state in the bottom sixth of the country. Midwifery practiced without the supervision of a physician is illegal in eleven states. North Carolina stopped the practice twenty-five years ago. A House committee of the General Assembly is studying the merits of licensing independent midwives. A report is expected by the end of 2008.
Demand is high in the Triangle area for locally raised organic meat and eggs and organic locally produced breads, but there is a lack of organic grain in the state. This lack of organic grain has prenvented small producers from serving the organic foods market. North Carolina State University is attempting to turn this trend around by using two recent grants to promote organic grain production. Local farmers talk about the lack of organic grain in the state and how the NC State program is helping them change that problem.
Chapel Hill is revisiting its town ordinances regulating the raising of chickens within its town limits. Urban chicken farming has increased in recent years as many people are aiming to get closer to their food and are fed up with the industrial food system. Many also keep flocks for health, environmental, humane, and educational reasons. Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents talk about the benefits of raising chickens and the problems they have faced trying to do so in city limits.