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The late-night stock crew at Dillons thinks I’m crazy, but knowing what I know now, I couldn’t care less.
I sat down to read a series of articles on organic dairy last night, and after finishing the second, I knew I couldn’t sit around wondering anymore. I had to know: How does the milk at my grocery store – Dillons – stack up on Cornucopia’s ranking of organic dairy?
So I put on my boots, grabbed my reporter’s notebook, and headed to Dillons on a mission.
What I found, was phenomenal.
Three of the seven brands had USDA-organic labels. Two of those brands had rankings at Cornucopia’s Web site: Naturally Preferred and Horizon Organic. The first, a Kroger Co. brand, got a 1 on the scale. Horizon got a zero.
The 1 rating for Naturally Preferred means that Kroger didn’t bother to send a response to Cornucopia’s survey and that its dairy comes from “unknown sources.” Zero means the cows are part of a factory farm, and that the company didn’t respond to the survey.
The only truly organic milk I could find – Iwig Family Dairy from Tecumseh – didn’t have a stamp. But I checked out the Web site, and after reading what it takes to have a truly organic farm, Iwigs is legit in my book.
I just don’t know where to go from here. I feel like this has been a huge advancement for me as I’ve never even thought about buying organic milk before – just assuming that the Kroger brand I buy every two weeks “can’t be that bad.”
But if we are invested in organic food, and we can’t even trust the USDA labels, what else can’t we trust? And how can we protect farmers who do provide organic milk from being shut down by companies that can charge less for their “organic” milk?
Thanks to Global Health Center for the picture.
Thanks to You Tube for the video.
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