Consumers asked to support Northeast organic dairy industry

Northeast organic dairy companies are trying to recruit consumers to help strengthen the industry after news that 135 farms in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York will lose their milk contracts.

An initiative announced Wednesday by Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of dairy company Stonyfield, encourages consumers to sign a pledge to buy a quarter of their weekly dairy purchases from 35 brands.

The brands, including Stonyfield, have committed to increasing the amount of milk they purchase from Northeast organic family farmers.

“It would be one thing if we were talking about citrus, but with dairy products that can and should be produced in the region, we’re betting that significant numbers of consumers will vote with their dollars to keep these organic family farms in business,” he said.

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