Cornucopia’s Take: Ethical family-scale organic dairy farmers are concerned that the Aurora Dairy scandal will tarnish, in the eyes of consumers, the organic milk they produce in accordance with federal organic standards. Dairy farmer Liz Bawden airs her concerns here. As a consumer, you can find the best organic brands in the grocery store using our dairy scorecard as a guide.
I am an organic dairy farmer and I want to tell my story
Liz Bawden, New York organic dairy farmer and President of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
A consumer reads “Why Your Organic Milk May Not Be Organic” on the front page of their newspaper. That might be the end consumer for the milk from my farm. And that person is sitting in front of a bowl of cornflakes wondering if she has been scammed all this time. Just a little doubt that the organic seal may not mean what she thought it meant. That is real damage to my farm and family income. And I want to tell my story to that consumer; I want to tell her about our pastures, and soil fertility ideas, and how we know each cow by name, and how we source organic seeds, feed, and herbal remedies. Because she needs to know that there is value and integrity in the organic product we provide. Read Full Article »