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Fair Share of the Retail Dollar for Organic Dairy Producers
Added January 19, 2012. The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) started a petition January 4, 2012 to draw attention to the fact that organic dairy producers need an increase in their milk price in order to stay afloat. We are asking consumers if they would be willing to pay more for their milk if they knew that the increase went straight to the farmer. Please sign the petition and tell your friends to sign, put it on your Facebook page, ask your certifiers and other organizations you are members of or support to promote it on their website and internet communications plus anywhere else that seems appropriate. We are all consumers, let's make our voices heard.
Our goal is to have 5,000 signatures – we are well on our way.
Organic farm families are suffering while processors and retailers thrive, and consumers have a product with a retail price 20 cents per gallon lower than in 2008. A recently published summary of a seven-year study by the University of Vermont showed that organic dairy farmers have lost equity in their business since 2006, suffering heavily in 2009, with many farmers only able to remain in business because of federal safety-net programs. Farmers can be saved by an increase in the retail price. Traditionally, a price increase is split three ways: between the farmer who produced the milk, the processor that packages the milk, and the retailer who puts it on a shelf. It is time that the retailer and processor respect their farmer partners and farmer-owners by passing the entire increase on to the farmers to keep them in business.
This petition will be sent to George Siemon, CEO (Organic Valley); Ron Schnur (Horizon Organic); and Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farm), which says:
"Increase Organic Dairy Farm families milk price by $0.60 per gallon to cover an increase in their farming costs or $0.70 per gallon to save family farms. As a consumer I support paying more if that money goes back to farmers."
At the time of this article, we have just over 1000 signatures and some excellent comments. Here is a sampling of what people are saying:
Posted: to Policy on Thu, Jan 19, 2012
Updated: Thu, Jan 19, 2012