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Some farmers cannot financially meet all of the specific practices that enable them to use the term "organic." Several of the farmers around my area are all-but-the-term organic because of certain specifications they simply cannot meet.
We buy fresh, non-hormone enhanced dairy milk from a local farmer and their grass-fed cows. Because they cannot afford to process their milk in their own special tanks and use the local university to do the milk processing (from their sterilized tanks) they cannot use the term "organic". But they meet the intent and actuality of organic moreso than, say, Horizon who have been targeted as little more than a feed lot that happens to meet the organic "standards."
It's worth it to research more with the farmer for more than just the "organic" tag. What is bought locally is often still superior than an "organic" product that has been packaged individually in plastic and shipped in from Chile or China.
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