Have you noticed a jump in the price of organic milk at the market? Or empty shelves in the organic dairy section?
The New York Times reports that the rising cost of organic cattle feed and increasing demand for organic dairy products has led to a nationwide shortage, particularly on the East Coast.
The price of organic grain and hay has increased dramatically, while the amount organic farmers are paid for their milk has not. As a result, farmers have had to feed their cows less, which decreases milk production. At the same time, demand for organic dairy products is on the rise, and suppliers are having a hard time keeping up.
Industry executives predict the cost of organic milk will increase up to 10 percent over the next several weeks.
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Have you noticed a shortage of organic dairy products in your area?