Published in Farmshine (December 21, 2007 issue)
The purpose of this column is to discuss news affecting dairy marketing and prices. Before digging in, let’s reflect on the season and the yearend state of the dairy business…
New and value-added products in the dairy case are receiving good demand from consumers. Record exports brought record prices to overseas markets. And dairy farmers received record prices for their milk. 2007 has been a good year: particularly welcome after the abysmal losses of 2006.
But there’s something else 2007 will be known for: unease and potential division based on differences in production practices.
The milk labeling issue – and the uncertainty and controversy it brings to technologies like rbST – are overshadowing what would otherwise be a banner year. Read the rest of this entry »
20009 Mishey Road
Butler, Ohio 44822
I am writing this letter as a concerned member of the dairy industry regarding misinformation surrounding the topic of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). As a member of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Label Review Committee, I have done a large amount of research on the topic of rBST and the FDA’s guidance on labeling relating to the use of rBST. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dairy Herd staff, www.dairyherd.com
Efforts to label certain milk as “rBST free” are not consumer inspired, but rather a move by marketers to put different types of milk in the store in order to gain premium pricing in some cases.
That, according to Terry Etherton, head of the dairy science department at Penn State University, helps explain why we are increasingly seeing three types of milk in the grocery store:
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From The Economist print edition (December 6, 2007 issue)
Rising food prices are a threat to many; they also present the world with an enormous opportunity.
For as long as most people can remember, food has been getting cheaper and farming has been in decline. In 1974-2005 food prices on world markets fell by three-quarters in real terms. Food today is so cheap that the West is battling gluttony even as it scrapes piles of half-eaten leftovers into the bin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael D. Shaw, Contributing Columnist – HealthNewsDigest.com
Just what is rbST, you might ask, and why do some people think that you should be afraid of it? Read the full text of this column…
Published in Farmshine (December 7, 2007 issue)
On the one hand, I agree and support Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff’s efforts to clear some issues regarding the labels on dairy products.
On the other hand, I understand and sympathize with those who aren’t exactly thrilled with what he is attempting to do.
There are valid reasons and good arguments on both sides of this issue. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that something needs to be done about the way many foods are labeled today — not just dairy products. Read the rest of this entry »
Story by 49 News staff; KTKA TV, Topeka, Kansas
Aired on December 4, 2007
Dozens of people in Kansas are getting sick from raw milk.
Two separate outbreaks of campylobacteriosis made at least 87 people sick. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Normand St-Pierre
Dairy Management Specialist
The Ohio State University
The Buckeye Dairy News, November 2007, Volume 9, Issue 4
If you believe the headlines of most major newspapers and magazines, the U.S. consumer is against the use of biotechnology in agriculture and prefers that his/her food be grown in a natural and organic fashion. Read the rest of this entry »
Terry D. Etherton
A common “sound bite” in the arsenal of individuals who oppose rbST use in the dairy industry in the United States is that it is banned in most countries around the world, especially Canada and all the European nations to protect the milk supply. This is inaccurate and misleading. Here are the facts: Read the rest of this entry »
Donald L. Yorlets, VMD
P.O. Box 205
4698 York Road
New Oxford, PA 17350
Recently South Central Pennsylvania has been plastered with new billboards touting the virtues of milk from Rutter’s Dairy. It is billed as “FREE OF ARTIFICIAL HORMONES” and “FREE OF ARTIFICIAL GROWTH HORMONES” on their milk jug labels. Read the rest of this entry »