Not all organic farms are created equal. Even though it is labeled 'organic,' it may be a surprise to hear that certain dairy products are being made with milk from factory farmed (un-organic) cows. This campaign was made to inform buyers about the true nature of the dairy products they are purchasing. The dairy farms listed under 'support' will have earned a 2 or higher cow rating by the Cornucopia Institute.
5 Cow Rating (Outstanding)Farms have an intimate relationship with their cows and complete control over their milk and other dairy ingredients. Some might not have 100% control of their milk supply (they might buy from a few neighbors) or the products they manufacture might require other off-farm dairy products, like milk powder. However, they are still very much hands-on manufacturers in comparison to larger commercial entities.
4 Cow Rating (Excellent)
Are generally larger commercial manufacturers or marketers of dairy products. They tend to buy milk from many different farmers or wholesale from a milk supplier who manages the relationship with individual farmers. All the “excellent” brands in this category are highly respected and source their milk from family-scale farms.
3 Cow Rating (Very Good)
anufacturers who currently buy milk on the open market. Usually from a wide number of sources of family-farm milk. The nature of their procurement practices give them much less control over the supervision of their farms. However, they are working to upgrade direct control and could potentially rise in future rankings.
2 Cow Rating (Good)
These are private-label, or store-brand products. Private-labels are anonymous by nature and only a handful of were open enough to participate in the study so "buyer beware." Those listed are good but has questionable long-term commitment to organics.
1 Cow Rating (Okay)
These are “substandard” with some or all milk from factory-farms and/or other unknown sources. However this milk is considered to be superior to conventional milk.
0 Cow Rating (Ethically Deficient)
Most milk is produced or purchased from factory farms.
Comprehensive list here: http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the Cornucopia Institute. This campaign is merely meant to act as a guide. A companies' manufactoring practices are subject to change at any time. Consumers are encouraged to do their own research and find the product best suited for their needs.
11/12/2013 - Companies with a 5 cow rating updated in the 'support' section. Many of these companies did not show up in Buycott's database. Refer to the comprehensive list for more.
11/6/2013 - Companies with a 2-4 cow rating updated in the 'support' section.
11/5/2013 - Companies with a 1 cow rating and lower updated in the