Big Milk Vs. The Small Family Farmer
10/03/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Last year, the number of Vermont dairy farms dipped below 1,000 and it continues to drop. Is this a Vermont problem or a by-product of a system heavily weighted in favor of mega-farms? In the localvore age, shouldn’t the trend be a return to the small family-run farm and away from the corporate-style operation?
Tuck School of Business senior writer Kirk Kardashian’s first book, “Milk Money: Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm,” investigates why the system is tilted towards mega-farms and against the small family farm. He discusses the failing economics of the traditional small dairy farm.
Also on the program, professional photographer Skye Chalmers has created a book of images that chronicles the farms and farmers of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative. He discusses the tales behind “Sending Milk.”
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