Geography KS3/KS4: Why do dairy farmers go organic?

The recent dominance of supermarket bought milk has meant that prices have declined and many dairy farmers have gone out of business.

At the turn of the century milk prices were sometimes lower than the cost of production.

The Gosling family turned to organic farming methods in order to survive.

Organic means working with nature, avoiding the use of antibiotics and chemicals and a focus on animal welfare.

It is a risk to completely change the method of production but if they can sell enough then they'll be able to turn a profit.

It took three years to get certification and they had to use a grant. But they have discovered that organic methods can have great wider benefits to the land and they cows.

Teacher Notes

This clip ties in with the curriculum for KS4 Geography (AQA A Specification).

It could be used as case study material for the section on ‘Commercial Farming: The Development of Organic Farming.’

The clip could also be used for other exam specifications and rural issue/agriculture schemes of work.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Agriculture or Geography.

This topic will support KS3 and BTEC/GCSE OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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