organic milk -- maybe not
- Something positive everyone can participate in:
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
The good news is that most organic dairies in the U.S. are following
strict organic standards, including giving animals regular access to
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."