[Baltic dairy operator Lynn] Boadwine says one of the most common beliefs he finds among visitors is the perception that organic dairy products are better quality and healthier.
“I’m not going to change a consumer’s mind, but I know a lot about this business and the one thing that always alarms me is there’s a lot of moms that come through and think that they’re not getting a good product if they’re not buying something that’s organic or something that’s high cost. And I think that’s kind of sad because I know the industry, and a lot of it’s just marketing,” Boadwine says [Erin Mairose, “Boadwine Farm Hosts ‘Know Your Milk’ Tour,” SDPB Radio, 2015.07.05].
Boadwine and other milk factory owners can sign up for federal price insurance: for $100 a year, we let them escape the vagaries of the free market. Sign up now, milkers: milk production is so high that dairies around the continent are pouring hundreds of thousands of gallons of good milk into the ground. “The world needs less milk,” says a Chicago dairy brokerage boss, yet South Dakota state government pursues doubling the size of our dairy herd as economic development, even as its policies have led to the collapse of small dairies and dominance of far fewer Big Ag players. Even our Dairy Princesses know they have to seek degrees is other fields, because they know dairy farming is not a reliable path to economic security.