[Special note: Tim over at Natures Harmony bans folks that disagree with him on any of a number of topics. Don't email me about this any more. So while I'd usually post this comment over there, I'm posting it here so that any discussion won't be axed by Tim. He writes stuff that appears to invite discussion and then bans everyone who cares enough to discuss it. Which seems odd, but it's his blog. And I'm not going to go into his new catchphrase: "Americas Most Sustainable farm!". Puuulleeeaase!]
In a recent blog entry, Tim at Natures Harmony asked the question of his readers which I'll paraphrase here:
Would you rather buy cheese at $28 a pound if the cows are grass fed only, or cheese at $15/lb if they were fed both grass and grain.
I'll note that if Tim does feed hay and grain that his operation will be, in my opinion, identical to this one that I wrote about in an earlier article, at least as far as the diet of the animals are concerned. Well, maybe not. I saw no evidence of grains being fed -- just grass.
This is the slippery slope that's led us to where we are with modern agriculture. You see, you don't really have to ask this question of the average American consumer. We've already, as a society, made our choice. We have chosen the largest quantity of the cheapest food possible.
So while he's posing this question as if he's doing a favor for his customers, what he's really doing is what quite a few farmers have to wrestle with: I'd like to make more money, and to do that I can either raise my prices or increase my output. There's a number of things he could do to increase milk output other than feeding grain, but he's exploring that one right now.
I am in no way making a judgement about what he feeds his animals, or the reasons he does so. In an earlier discussion on his blog (in the comments section), I explained why I seek out surplus food for my pigs and other livestock. I do it to keep my produced pork available to the average consumer. I have no interest in producing a product that only wealthy people can enjoy. Everyone should have access to good quality food without having to spend every last cent. I ran across this same basic math myself, and made a choice. Now I'm curious what choice Tim will make.
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