FYI, your “organic milk” isn’t actually organic

15 05 2009

My parents have always been skeptical of the whole organic foodstuff, jaded that everything is just an evil industry out to exploit you for money, and therefore food companies mislabel their products so organic food isn’t actually organic, but bearing a sticker or a label claiming to be organic makes people feel better and believe that it’s really organic.

I just read Twisty’s post at I Blame the Patriarchy about how Horizon Organic and its sister company Aurora Organic, both owned by Dean Foods, aren’t really organic.  Gee, it seems that my parents are actually right about something for once!

You see, Horizon Organic produces milk under factory-farm conditions which goes completely against organic regulations.  Not only that but, instead of purchasing organically raised calves, they purchase calves that were born and raised on conventional farms.  Again, this goes against organic regulations.  What’s more, these so-called organic cows are confined and fed a shitty diet of genetically modified grains, slaughterhouse crap consisting of ground up pigs, chickens, dogs and cats, and chicken shit.  Oh, and the calves are weaned on the blood of other animals instead of milk.  Vomit, Vomit and VOMIT!

Dean Foods has been pushing to lower standards for organic food so that they can get away with their industrial, slaughterhouse, un-environmentally friendly bullshit and have it pass as organic.  Which it is clearly not.

Dean Foods also owns Silk organic soymilk.  But since organic doesn’t mean what we think it means, who knows how organic Silk soymilk really is.  (Judging by Dean Foods’ track record, probably not very organic at all.)

Isn’t it great to know that we are, again and again, being lied to?


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16 05 2009
Lorraine E.

Actually, the USDA determines what makes a food organic or not.

According to an MSNBC report, in order for milk to be labeled organic, it must come from cows that:

1) are not treated with BGH (bovine growth hormone; used to increase body mass and milk production)
2) are not treated with antibiotics (many intensive animal operations give antibiotics constantly, since diseases are spread easily in concentrated living conditions)
3) have access to pasture.

Although many consumers buy organic milk assuming it’s good for animals and/or good for the environment, when you actually look at the regulations, you see that there is no reason organic milk should be any better for the environment or for animals than conventional milk. (“Access to pasture” does not specify the amount of time animals are allowed to use the pasture, the quality or size of the pasture, or whether any of the animals actually go outside. It just says that, at some point in their lives, the animals have to have access to the outdoors. Nor does the organic label say anything about the raising of calves or the conditions of slaughter.)

Dean/Horizon/Aurora is not lying to you–they are following the USDA’s guidelines for “organic.” It’s just that those guidelines don’t really mean that much.

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