The Bay Area Dairy Industry part two: Organic vs. Conventional

bianchiniranchThis was Crosscurrent’s top story on 5/28.

A group of California dairymen is asking dairies across the country to reduce their output by 5 percent in an attempt to boost sagging milk prices. More than 200 dairy producers and processor representatives met in Tulare, last week, in an attempt to minimize the losses they’ve been enduring. Dairy producers nationwide have been struggling for months, losing $5 on every hundred pounds of milk they sell. While California’s conventional dairies have been on a milk price rollercoaster this year, the organic dairies have had a smoother ride. But the bottom line isn’t the only thing organic dairies have to worry about. KALW’s Molly Samuel looks into what it takes to go organic and if it really pays.

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Molly Samuel

Molly joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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