Friday, December 7, 2007

Organic Podcast 2

This week’s podcast is an interview with Green Hills Harvest Dairy, Stepping back and moving forward," What's it like to be an organic dairy farmer and making the organic decision.” Items discussed include feeding and milking regimens explained and how they differ from conventional dairies and as energy costs escalate and consumer demand for more synthetic-hormone-free and pesticide-free foods increase, organic dairy and local markets are especially getting stronger.

LISTEN: Organic Podcast #2

Reference Information:
1.) Antibiotic excretion:Antibiotic Uptake by Plants from Soil Fertilized with Animal Manure, K. Kumara,*, S. C. Guptaa, S. K. Baidoob, Y. Chandera and C. J. Rosena Published in J Environ Qual 34:2082-2085 (2005)
2.) Definition of "organic." FAO
3.) The American Dietetic Association's Healthy Land, Healthy People report
4.) What are the nutritional and health benefits of organic, pasture-based agriculture/ dairy. - The Organic Center
5.) Improved breast milk quality from women consuming a diet with organic milk and meat. Benefit traced back to pasture and forages on organic dairy/beef farms.
6.) Many articles on the health benefits of CLA (higher concentrations in pasture-based dairy)
7.) Union of Concerned Scientists: Greener Patures Report

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