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I spoke with a dairy farmer in the Hudson River Valley in NY who explained that for him, organic production is not worthwhile. He already subsidizes the farm with his savings. While he does not supply organic feed, his bacteria counts are lower than most organic producers because of what this article explains. Just another way of proving that local is more important.

On a side note, this is a great site. I just landed an internship for this summer on a farm, so I'm reading up and getting excited!

Well, thanks for visiting, Matt. However, it doesn't "prove" anything to me. You asked a subsidized farmer who doesn't farm sustainably, and he's feeding his cows things grown with chemicals? And those chemicals go straight into the milk?

It might be too late for you or me to keep those toxins out of our bodies, but it's not too late for my two-year-old grandson. I wouldn't give him non-organic milk for anything. Any more than I'd give him chicken from Safeway (our grocery store chain).

Sorry, I get very cranky about these things. Local is important, but when it comes to eating dairy and meat, it's the fact that the toxins are concentrated in fats that is the clincher for me. No can do. And certainly, no can endorse.

Have a great time on the farm this summer. That sounds like a great thing to do (if you, unlike me, do not suffer from having a black thumb).

As you point out, Heritage is preserving a very American heritage, sadly. If you like reading playscripts, look for Slaughter City by Naomi Wallace.

I read (well, skimmed) the Cornucopia report, which was juicy but not entirely news. It seemed that their major thrust was "organic isn't necessarily humane," and I'm not sure how many organic buyers really worry about that.

Just thought I'd put out some 'feelers' about my search for property to build a small, commercial goat dairy here in SC county. My current property isn't suitable for my plans. Producing raw goat milk and goat milk cheeses are my goal.
I'm looking for land to purchase or long-term lease with TPZ, AG or possibly SU zoning. Privacy, good water and some open pasture space (or ability to develop it)are priorities.
Please send any leads my way. Thanks, Colleen

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