Enduring the American Dairy Crisis

Stop Homogenizing the Industry

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A decrepit dairy barn in southern Vermont — an increasingly common sight throughout the state.
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Dairy farmers throughout the United States — like this farm owner, in California — are struggling. (Photo credit: Tomas Ovalle).

An Economy of Scale

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Mark (left) and Mike (right) Lourie in their cows’ quarters on their farm in Rupert, Vermont.

“We’re just shooting ourselves in the foot. It’s a catch-22…”

“‘…that’s not the American way. The American way is the survival of the fittest’.”

“There’s a certain population of small dairy farmers that I don’t feel bad for.”

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Dairy cows confined in their stalls within a ‘factory-farming’ style milking parlor.
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Seth Leach standing with his hemp.

“If we were still conventional, I would honestly be like, ‘there’s no light, it’s hopeless’.”

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Jeremy Russo with his cows at pasture on his farm in Pawlet, Vermont.

‘Fighting the Good Fight’

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Cynthia (right) and Rich (left) Larson standing in their cows’ pasture on their farm in Wells, Vermont.

Land-Use, Water Woes, Contention

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Blue-green algae blooms in the Lake Champlain watershed caused by nutrient runoff.

“My major concern is that the law is scrupulously silent about what dairy does that pollutes the lake...”

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Blue-green algae blooms engulfing a river behind a Vermont dairy farm.

Justicia Migrante

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A Latinx mother and her child during their shift on a Vermont dairy farm.
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Two Latinx migrant farmworkers milking cows on a dairy CAFO in Vermont. Photo credit: Caleb Kenna.

“There’s no changing the trajectory”

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Seth Leach standing with his cows in the pasture.

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