This essay is the latest installment in a debate between Ed Maltby and Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm. Maltby opened the debate with this post; Hirshberg responded here; Maltby’s response follows below. We are airing the debate at length because we think our readers should know that our organic dairy farmers have reached a crisis point — squeezed by production costs that are rising much faster than the price they receive in the market.
I want to thank Gary Hirshberg for replying so quickly to some of the points that we have been raising for the last six months. Gary and Nancy Hirshberg and the many employees of Stonyfield have been pioneers in the organic movement, along with folks like George Siemon of Organic Valley and Mark Retzloff of Aurora Organic Dairy.
Gary has long been a leader of the organic community and has helped shape the way in which the industry has expanded. In answering some of Gary’s points, I’d like to widen the discussion and move away from sound bites and platitudes that are the bane of our society, and share some of the difficulties of organic dairy that we all struggle with day after d... Read more