When it Pays to Buy Organic
January 12, 2006

When it Pays to Buy Organic

Consumer Reports February 2006 Which apple? The decision doesn’t end once you’ve figured out whether to buy, say, the McIntosh or the Red Delicious. In many food stores across the country, you’re also faced with the more vexing question of buying organic or conventional, and not just at the...

Milk Money:  Does Going Organic Pay Off?
January 6, 2006

Milk Money: Does Going Organic Pay Off?

By Candace Page Burlington Free Press Staff Writer (link no longer available) WEST SWANTON — Earl Fournier’s accountant tells him the profit from his 75 milk cows tripled — from $9,000 to about $30,000 — in 2004-2005, the first year he switched his Holsteins to producing organic milk. “The...

Vermont to Invest in Future of Organic Farming
January 6, 2006

Vermont to Invest in Future of Organic Farming

By Candace Page Burlington Free Press Staff Writer Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr says his department wants to begin making “cold calls” on some of the state’s small dairy farms, to see if their owners are interested in switching to organic milk. Far from being discouraged by a new study...

Member Profile
December 26, 2005

Member Profile

The Greenbergs of Stratford, Wisconsin Most organic dairy farms are relatively small operations, averaging about 50 cows. However, a handful of exemplary producers are proving that you can farm on a larger scale without compromising on environmental stewardship, humane animal husbandry, or organic ethics. The Greenberg farm, in Stratford,...

Organic Food:  A Booming Industry in India and China
December 26, 2005

Organic Food: A Booming Industry in India and China

London: Organic food production is booming in China and India — which together host more than half the world’s farming households. A new study by the UN specialised agency on rural poverty, the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), says organics can offer an effective route out of...

Dean/Horizon’s $10 Million Gamble
December 9, 2005

Dean/Horizon’s $10 Million Gamble

Organic Farming by Press Release? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000, kastel(at)cornucopia.org Harry Lewis, 903-885-9150 CORNUCOPIA: Dean Foods, the $11 billion giant that controls the leading market position in conventional milk, is taking a controversial and risky gamble by attempting to turn their 4000 cow plus confinement dairy,...

First Organic Dairy Farm Established at Land-Grant University
December 6, 2005

First Organic Dairy Farm Established at Land-Grant University

University of New Hampshire Launches Teaching, Research Farm DURHAM, N.H., Dec. 6 (AScribe Newswire) — The University of New Hampshire will establish an organic dairy farm for research, education, and outreach, making it the nation’s first land-grant university to have an organic dairy farm. Londonderry, N.H. industry leader Stonyfield...

Cornucopia Institute Requests Full USDA Investigation of Aurora Dairy
November 10, 2005

Cornucopia Institute Requests Full USDA Investigation of Aurora Dairy

Improprieties Alleged at Organic Factory Farm in Colorado For More Information, Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN: The Cornucopia Institute has filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA requesting a full investigation into allegations of multiple violations of federal organic regulations at the nation’s largest organic dairy. The...

An Organic Cash Cow
November 9, 2005

An Organic Cash Cow

The New York Times By KIM SEVERSON Alexis Gersten, a Long Island dentist, never thought about what she poured over her cereal until her son turned 1. “Having a new milk drinker, I sort of wanted to start him off on the right foot,” she said. Ms. Gersten worried...

An Organic Drift
November 4, 2005

An Organic Drift

The New York Times Editorial Organic food has become a very big business, with a 20 percent annual growth rate in sales in recent years. But popularity has come at a price. Ever since 2002, when the Department of Agriculture began its program of national organic certification, there has...

What Is Organic? Powerful Players Want a Say
November 1, 2005

What Is Organic? Powerful Players Want a Say

The New York Times By MELANIE WARNER Customers at McDonald’s restaurants in New England are about to get something a little different when they order coffee. Through a deal with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Newman’s Own, McDonald’s will soon be serving a coffee that comes from organic beans...

Over 100 Groups and Businesses Ask Agriculture Secretary Johanns to Intervene on Pasture Issue
November 1, 2005

Over 100 Groups and Businesses Ask Agriculture Secretary Johanns to Intervene on Pasture Issue

More than 100 groups and businesses have jointly signed a letter to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns asking him to intervene on the organic pasture issue. Those signing the letter represent a range of organic businesses and food cooperatives as well as farm, consumer, animal rights, social justice and environmental...

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