Facility at Center of Organic Debate
The Baltimore Sun, (MD)
by Chris Guy, The Baltimore Sun
Aug. 28–KENNEDYVILLE — Sprawling over 140 acres of hilly pastures outside this Eastern Shore crossroads, the Horizon Organic dairy farm looks for all the world like a postcard. But lately, it has become a flash point in a national debate about how to raise cows to supply a burgeoning market for organic products.
At issue isn’t the milk that comes from more than 500 Holsteins at the Kent County farm. It’s about whether cows should be cows — or at least how much time they should get to spend outside the barn, grazing in green pastures of grass, clover or alfalfa.
Horizon, the nation’s largest organic milk producer, has drawn criticism — and a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic standards board — from a Wisconsin-based industry watchdog group and a former dairy veterinarian at the Kennedyville farm.