U.S. Organic Dairy Politics - Animals, Pasture, People, and Agribusiness
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"Moving beyond polemical debates in organics, this insightful and very readable book breaks new conceptual and empirical ground by examining the politics and emergence of US dairy organics and its co-constitutive intersections with conventional and mega-dairying. Scholten's perceptive and critical eye unflinchingly interrogates the controversial and contested behaviours of all involved in the dairy world to show an unpredictable and troubled future for dairy organics as a food category." - Richard Le Heron, University of Auckland, USA
"Bruce Scholten brings both academic and practical expertise to bear in a forensic analysis of conflict within the US dairy industry. This book should be read by anyone who wants to understand how our dairy farmers are coping with the contrasting demands of government regulation, consumer concerns about food quality, animal welfare and environmental sustainability, and the farmers' need to remain competitive under harsh economic conditions." - Guy Robinson, University of South Australia
"Scholten's book puts forward a new perspective on current trends in the American food system, and thus makes a significant contribution to geographies of food, political economy, and political ecology literatures. ... the book is appropriate for graduate students, academics, and farmers alike who are interested in the political landscape of the organic dairy industry in the USA and agricultural politics more generally." (Jennifer Mateer, Human Geography, Vol. 10 (1), 2017)
"The book begins with an introduction to organic dairying, highlighting its inception following a trend that began in the last half of the 20th century of decreasing dairy farm numbers and farmers, increasing farm and dairy herd size, and the proliferation of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). ... is informative for graduate students, academics, and farmers interested in the politics and players within the national organic dairy industry." (Nicole E. Tautges, Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 32 (3), September, 2015)