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Horizon Organic (Dean Foods)
Dean/Horizon purchases milk from other industrial-scale farms, some of which have a history of alleged labor abuses
they buy one-year-old conventional animals on the open market. These replacements likely have received conventional milk replacer (made with blood—considered to be a "mad cow" risk), antibiotics, other prohibited pharmaceuticals, and genetically engineered feed.
Their Idaho facility, milking 4000–5000 cows, was originally a conventional factory-dairy that they converted to organic production. It has, according to widespread industry reports, very little access to pasture.
Topco (Full Circle Organic)
As a case in point, although over 80% of the name-brand organic dairy marketers responded to our survey and are rated in this report, not one of the private-label marketers was willing to tell consumers, openly, where its organic milk was purchased.
Back to Nature (Kraft Organic)
Their corporate offices responded to our questionnaire with a polite e-mail stating, “We would consider the information requested in this survey to be confidential and thus respectfully decline to participate.”
Stonyfield Organic (milk) HOOD
Because they buy milk from many different middlemen, and the fact that they rely on a third-party to handle milk from farmers who directly ship to them, they have a less intimate relationship with their farms and in the enforcement of some of their policies.