Eat With Your Head

Cows to get grass…for real this time
March 11, 2010, 12:23 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Here’s an update on an issue I reported on way  back when: Organic producers must give real access to pasture — 120 days — to cows whose milk they sell. This will make buying organic milk over conventional all the more meaningful. (I got this from The Atlantic’s delightfully entertaining and informative Food Channel.)

Cows with access to grassland is better for the cows and more ethically sound for humans. There’s also the environmental impacts of these factory farms — like farmers finding ways to generate  energy from giant manure ponds they don’t know what else to do with. (Or the New York Times citing this as a sign of environmental progress.)

On another note, the USDA’s National Organic Program is apparently a marketing program. This means that the organic standards in this country are judged not by their health and environmental impacts but by their effectiveness in generating profit.


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