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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <awoiwodesc@earthlink.net>
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Seems like this would be the time to invest in organic dairies instead
of CAFOs, and if the state is really interested in supporting "green"
businesses, seems like this would be a good, and growing, bet for econ
development or bonds!

Anne Woiwode, Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter

Organic Milk Supply Falls Short
By Judith Weinraub and Walter Nicholls
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 1, 2005; F01
edited

In the past six to nine months, dairy farmers all over the country have
fallen short of their buyers' total orders. Katherine DiMatteo,
executive
director of the Organic Trade Association, estimates that the demand is
10
percent more than the supply.

"You can't push a button and get more organic cows," said Cathleen
Toomey,
a spokeswoman for organic producer Stonyfield Farm. Organic
certification
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture takes roughly three years.
The dairy farmland has to have been free of all substances prohibited by
organic trade standards (such as toxic pesticides and chemical
fertilizers)
for 36 months, and the animals free of antibiotics, synthetic growth
hormones and synthetic or genetically modified feed.

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