HIGHLIGHTING ONE OF THE FAMILY ORGANIC DAIRY FARMS THREATENED BY FAKE “ORGANIC” CORPORATE CAFOs.

We enjoyed reading about organic farmers Mike Reid and Tibby Plasse of Paradise Springs Farm in Idaho’s Teton Valley and you will too.
This featured family farm is doing a good job at stewarding the land. But the fact remains, the growing corporate takeover of organic places them – and virtually EVERY organic family farmer – at serious risk. Large and politically powerful corporate operations put pressure on USDA to bend the rules causing USDA to ignore fundamental organic REQUIREMENTS, some as very, very basic as ACCESS TO PASTURE.
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“Paradise Springs was just named one of the ten best organic dairies in the country. The farm, which is also one of only three Biodynamic certified dairies in the country, is tucked into the foothills of the Big Holes. Chickens sprint through the yard and the pastures are verdant with clover, oats, alfalfa, and ryegrass. The herd of 19 heifers likes to congregate in aspen groves on the outskirts of the fields…

“One stipulation of an organic certification is that the herd gets at least 120 days of pasture annually, but many large-scale organic dairies cut corners on all regulations and stuff their cows with grain before sending them out to graze…

“The herd is composed of brown Swiss cows instead of the standard Holsteins. These ladies with their longer legs are happy hiking to higher elevations to graze. Unlike most dairies, the calves at Paradise Springs spend time with their mothers and aren’t weaned prematurely. It lowers milk yields but keeps everyone happier and healthier, said Plasse…

“Paradise Springs Farm just got a ‘five cow rating’ from industry watchdog the Cornucopia Institute. The scorecard includes criteria such as ownership structure, health and longevity of cows, transparency, and pasture time. Paradise Springs got top marks in every category, and was one of only ten farms across the country to receive a perfect score.

‘This is the gold medal,’ said Reid. ‘It’s not them saying you produce the most milk or make the most money. It’s about your organic integrity.'”

https://www.tetonvalleynews.net/news/agriculture/paradise-found/article_a8790548-9977-11e7-8cb2-ef117acdd539.html