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  • deborah byron
    Something positive everyone can participate in: ********** ORGANIC CONSUMERS GETTING MILKED: TAKE ACTION TO SAVE ORGANIC STANDARDS The watchdog group
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2006
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      Something positive everyone can participate in:
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      ORGANIC CONSUMERS GETTING MILKED: TAKE ACTION TO SAVE ORGANIC STANDARDS

      The watchdog group Cornucopia Institute has published a long-awaited
      report ranking organic dairy companies in the USA, and the facts are
      rather sobering.

      The good news is that most organic dairies in the U.S. are following
      strict organic standards, including giving animals regular access to
      pasture.

      The bad news is that several major players in the organic dairy sector are
      blatantly violating organic standards, with a wink and a nod from the USDA
      and the industry-controlled Organic Trade Association.

      Two of the largest organic dairy companies in the nation, Horizon Organic
      (a subsidiary of Dean Foods); and Aurora Organic, a supplier of private
      brand name organic milk to Costco, Safeway, Giant and others, who together
      control 65% of the market, are purchasing the majority of their milk from
      feedlot dairies where the cows have little or no access to pasture.

      In addition, a routine practice on these giant dairy feedlots, many with
      thousands of cows, is to continuously import calves from conventional
      farms, where animals have been weaned on blood, fed slaughterhouse waste
      and genetically engineered grains, and injected or dosed with antibiotics.

      Send a message to the National Organic Program of the USDA to stop the
      labeling of factory farm milk as "organic."

      HYPERLINK
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/nosb2.htm"http://www.organicconsumers.org/nosb2.htm
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