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USDA Secretary Vilsack at Organic Dairy Emergency Rally—Commits to Fairness/Enforcement Crackdown on Factory Farms
From the Cornucopia Institute...
Bottled water at four times the price of milk??? Witness organic dairy farmers, sometimes tearfully, pleading their case to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack …. and the Secretary appears at the rally and directly responds. Powerful!
The rally took place on July 16 at the La Crosse County Fairgrounds in West Salem, Wisconsin.
Vilsack was gracious in his response to the farmers and went on the record committing to leveling the playing field for small and medium-size producers, enforcing the organic standards and bringing in new management at the National Organic Program that shares our values. Now it is incumbent upon us to make sure that the Department follows through—on an immediate basis—this is a legitimate emergency!
Please blast this blurb and link (http://www.cornucopia.org/category/video-gallery/) out to family, friends and colleagues. We hope it will motivate farmers and consumers to stand in support with organic dairy farmers, many of whom face the loss of their land and farms due to a glut of milk from illegal factory dairies milking as many as 7200 cows each.
In the world of YouTube the more hits we can generate on this video, the higher the ranking, and the more people will be exposed to this crisis. Hopefully we will generate more patronage for organic dairy brands that exclusively buy their milk from family farmers as opposed to the factory farm scofflaws.
Our thanks to Greta Wing-Miller and Aarick Beher, of DowntownDailies.com, for the dynamic, professionally-produced video production.
We must stand in solidarity with the hard-working dairy families whose livelihoods are now at risk.
Thanks very sincerely for your support!
Mark A. Kastel
Senior Farm Policy Analyst
The Cornucopia Institute