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The Organic Dairy Report and Scorecard ranked dairies on a scale of "5 cows" (best) down to "1 cow" as determined by a 19 question survey filled out by the milk producers. The criteria and study design for the study are here and if you are interested in these issues I highly recommend you read it before looking up your favorite brand of milk on the Report. The main focus of this survey was to ascertain the animal husbandry practices of the producers, which most consumers who buy organic will hold as a core value of their reasoning for purchasing organic animal products.
So where does Horizon/Dean Foods rank? Ethically Deficient with 0 cows. Horrible. I've decided to switch over to Organic Valley which is commercially available in our area and ranks a excellent with "4 cows." It is an organic dairy produced cooperative rather than a huge agribusiness like Dean Foods. There is a very nice comparison on this blog's post from 2011. I really appreciate the Cornucopia Institute's (apparently unbiased, at least as far as I can tell) study that will hopefully help many make smart choices about the food they decide to purchase.
Later this month I plan to examine another Food Policy called Prop 37 in the state of Ca which will put stricter regulations on labeling of products containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms).