* 1. Environmental effects of organic and of conventional dairying are about the same.

* 2. Animal welfare is about the same in organic or in conventional confinement dairying.

* 3. Dairying is as sustainable on large-scale confined feedlot farms as it is on family-scale pasture grazing farms.

* 4. Organic dairy cows should graze on pasture as much as possible during the year.

* 5. The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) strictly enforces the Pasture Rule that cows must graze pasture at least 120 days in the grazing season.

* 6. The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) treats large and small dairy farms fairly.

* 7. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) should be labelled in food.

* 8. It doesn’t matter if food is labelled ‘Natural’ or ‘USDA Organic’.

* 9. Please rate these organizations & add comments.

  Best Okay Unsure Poor Worst
Aurora Organic Dairy (AOD)
Cornucopia Institute
Darigold cooperative
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)
Dean Foods
Horizon Organic Dairy
International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM)
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
Organic Trade Association (OTA)
Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative
Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Association (MODPA)
Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA)
Western Organic Dairy Producers Association (WODPA)
USDA National Organic Program (NOP)

* 10. Please add details below & forward this survey to others. It's for a book on US Organic Dairy Politics (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan). Your privacy is protected by pseudonyms, but if you want your real name used, email for a consent form: bruce.scholten@btopenworld.com

Thanks! - Bruce A. Scholten, PhD, Honorary Research Fellow, Durham University Geography Dept, UK. Author of India's White Revolution (2010 Tauris), and Food and Risk in the US and UK (2011 Lombard). Web: www.durham.ac.uk/b.a.scholten