DawnWatch: Organic dairy critics on Chicago Tribune front page — 8/20/06

Monday, August 21st, 2006

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Date: Aug 20, 2006 4:45 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Organic dairy critics on Chicago Tribune front page — 8/20/06

The Sunday, August 20, Chicago Tribune has a front page story headed, “Organic. Critics say dairy tests the boundaries and spirit of what ‘organic’ means.”

It opens:

“With its neat white barns and lush green pastures, the Horizon Organic dairy farm on the outskirts of this tiny town on Maryland’s picturesque Eastern Shore would seem to fit the organic ideal.

“But on a recent Wednesday morning, with crisp blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s, there was something missing from Horizon’s pastures. Namely, there were no cows.

“Critics of Horizon, including two former workers, say the empty pastures are emblematic. The dairy’s new management, installed a year ago, has been so obsessed with increasing production to meet the soaring demand for organic milk that it has mostly kept the cows in the barn, the former workers allege, despite a U.S. Department of Agriculture requirement that organic cows have access to pasture.

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