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By Emily Dart 10C Farmers are tempted to go organic because of the greater price that organic produce can make. This is because less money is used for the purchase of growth hormones and antibiotics that can't be used in the production of organic milk. Also the money that farmers receive if they produce organic milk is twice as much as they would receive producing non-organic milk. This is because of the fluctuating price of non-organic milk compared to the steady high price of the organic milk. Also the government subsidise organic farmers the cost of all the extras they need to give the cows, like special feed with nothing that could cause the cow to be considered non-organic. Organic farmers are not able to give their cows antibiotics. ...read more.


One of the problems that farmers face when producing organic milk is that cows are making milk 'according to their natural cycle'. This is a problem because cows that are used for the production of organic milk cannot be fed hormones that will allow the cow to produce milk all the time therefore, organic cows can only produce milk when they have just given birth. This poses the problem that at sometime during the year, or even more than once the, farmer will not be able to produce any milk. In non-organic farming a dairy cow can produce an average of eight and a half tons of milk per year whereas, in organic farming a dairy cow can produce slightly over 2 tons of milk per year. ...read more.


These drugs are passed directly onto the consumers of their dairy produce which can produce anti-biotic resistant bacteria which could eventually kill someone. Dioxins, Lyndane and DDT are regularly found in non-organic milk. Also organic milk farmers are able to raise a lot more money than non-organic milk farmers, organic product sales, in both natural foods stores and conventional supermarkets, are increasing up to 20% or more per year. However, for dairy farmers organic dairy farming also have many bad points. These are that if a cow becomes ill a farmer wouldn't be able to treat it with anti-biotics. Therefore, if a cow does become ill a farmer could either let it die or terminate the use of the cow for the production of dairy milk. Also the transition from a non-organic dairy farm to an organic dairy farm may cost a lot to begin with even though the government will subsidise them eventually. ...read more.

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