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Some organic milk is factory farmed

I buy organic milk, because they give tons of hormones to non-organic milk cows to make them produce milk. The other day I learned from src that some 'organic' cows are raised on "formula where a primary ingredient is blood byproduct." Eww! I don't want vampire cows, please. Sadly the qualifications for organic milk are fairly weak and the NY Times reported in November that organic milk is a cash cow. C says "it's the gateway drug that gets folks started on organic."

Now there's a Dairy Scorecard which rates organic dairy for the entire country.

If you live in California, Straus Family Creamery and Clover Stornetta are both rated 4 out of 5 cows. Organic Pastures is rated 5, but it sells raw milk, which I would never give to young children, and I've never seen it anyway.

Interestingly I do think the Straus Family milk tastes the best. But it's somewhat annoying as it's not homogenized. I didn't regularly buy Clover Stornetta, but now I'll look for it. I think organic milk tastes better in general. I can drink 1% organic milk. Non-organic milk, I need 2%.


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Jun. 29th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Clover is a pretty common brand. I'm fairly sure TJ's or Whole Foods carries it. I think it's even in the regular store.
Jun. 30th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)

We buy Horizon, which is lowest on the list at zero cows. At least, we *used* to be Horizon. I've wondered about it. Fortunately we can get Organic Valley at the same price which scores 4 cows.
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
I am usually able to find Clover at P&W. Which makes me happy because that's the only place I have seen it outside of Sonoma County.
Jul. 2nd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
Andronico's carries Clover Stornetta in spades--not just an amazing array of milk, but other dairy products, too.

They also have lactose-free Organic Horizons (or a similar name), so I can get organic milk for me, too.
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