Importance of Organic

A new study from scientists at the University of California Berkeley[1] sheds some light on the old debate about whether or not organic farming could feed the world with its finding that the difference in size between organic and conventional crops is smaller than previous studies have shown. Even better, the study concludes that when organic farmers use standard good practices that diversify what they grow, the yield gap shrinks even further, to just 8 or 9%.

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See what goes into growing organic dairy

In June of 2013 Stonyfield launched a project to investigate the opportunities for growing organic dairy production in the Northeast. We have spent the months since then talking to farmers, agriculture extension agents, state departments of agriculture, researchers, economists, investors and lenders, feed suppliers, land trusts, farming organizations, and other dairy related businesses in the Northeast to get their input on the challenges and opportunities for growing organic dairy in this region.

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Organic Valley Farmers enjoying breakfast.

Every day, the Organic Valley farmers who supply our milk are up at the crack of dawn for the first of two daily milkings. Every day, the milk truck swings by the farm to pick up the day’s milk. And every day, those milk trucks pull in to Stonyfield to deliver that milk so we can turn it into organic yogurt.

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Why_Are_Some_Pesticides_Allowed_in_Organic_Farming

Many people are surprised when they learn that organic farmers are allowed to use some pesticides. What they often don’t realize, though, is how carefully scrutinized every pesticide is before it becomes allowed in organic agriculture, and how many steps organic farmers need to take before they can use these pesticides. Further, the law that created the national organic standard very clearly states that farmers can only use pesticides that were derived from natural sources, and these naturally derived pesticides must not have long term effects or persist in the environment.

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Organic dairy production in the Northeast

Stonyfield is launching a project to investigate what opportunities there are for growing organic dairy production in the Northeast.

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