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East Canada Dairy Farmers Are Switching To Organic

June 6, 2010: 08:02 PM EST
Although some big obstacles stand in the way of east coast Canada family dairy farmers looking to switch to organic production, a growing demand for organic products and a need to develop new revenue sources are pushing them to move forward. It’s an expensive and lengthy start-up process, because land, crops and cattle all have to be certified to ensure that no pesticides or commercial fertilizer were used to grow feed. And a really tricky obstacle is finding a processor who can handle organic milk. But the organic premium that can be charged means that a marginal dairy farm can become a more viable family farm. With that goal in mind, a half dozen dairy farmers in Nova Scotia have formed an organic milk cooperative whose mission is to get organic milk to the market by Christmas.
"Organic dairy industry growing in Atlantic Canada", The Canadian Press, June 06, 2010, © CTV Global Media
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