The bottom fell out of the local goat dairy co-op in my area due to gross mismanagement and was a financial disaster for a few of my neighbors. They know us by name because we've been picking there for 15 years. Afer the cow is no longer producing enough milk, its the slaughterhouse for her. I agree that Horizon tastes better. all this time I had been drinking milk flazored WATER! I fully support and commend Horizon and Whole Foods for all their efforts on behalf of the animals. I am beginning my transition from vegetarianism to veganism by giving up dairy because of what I have read about the cruelty of dairy farming and its role in the veal industry. If they were, then they wouldn't get there yards treated with chemicals, or use blue chemical sprays to clean their windows, or get the inside sprayed with pesticides for pest control. Then you proceeded to correct him without citing YOUR references. You are doing nothing more than stating your opinion, the same as this blogger. To call milk 'hormone-free' is like making the claim that 90% ground beef is fat-free. According to the USDA Organic Standards the ewe I helped is now worth only what she'll bring to me at the sale barn or by private treaty. Horizon (Dean Foods) is spending tens of thousands of dollars by placing full-page color advertisements, with beautiful photographs of some of the families who ship milk to them, in magazines all over the country. Hm... it doesn't say "hormone free" though, right? First I have to say I came from China where many years ago the milk still taste good. For all I know they could be rival organic farmers looking to start trouble against Walmart. The production is almost double the US' while US' cows produce 1.5X of European's and maybe 2x or more to India and Chinese. The only glimmer of hope for the organic product fans was that the study found that some organic produce tasted  better, tomatoes and zuchinni being some examples that I remember. Do anyone seriously read this and think it applies to the milk instead of the cow? Crack one of each into a stainless steel bowl and you will see that the difference is clear, literally. "If you want some, you'll have to come by my farm and pick some up" and so he did.Â. Funny how no one on here has mentioned the movie "Food, Inc." It's a must-see for people who are concerned about what they're eating. The access to pasture is a huge and important issue. The only reason people want to go after Horizon Organic Dairy is because they have become so sucessful. For Horizon Milk to remain productive and profitable, they must keep their cows hooked up to the milking machines. Even if Horizon cows were the happiest on earth and their milk was the purest around, by buying Horizon, YOU ARE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF CONVENTIONAL MILK. I was surprised to see Horizon rated with only one cow on a scale of five, and one of the cheaper Ralph's brands, Organic Valley, at 4 cows. Maybe everything they say on the label is indeed true and we have a great new milk that's healthy and tasty. The statement was about Horizon Organic PRODUCTS not just the milk. If organic isn't REALLY organic, then why does the mlilk taste better? this post was very worthwhile. As far as I can see, you are nothing more than another blogger pushing his "opinion" of something on the internet. The end result of a pregnant cow, is calves. You seem to indicate you take this approach, and granted a "D" grade to your student because the blogger did not cite his references. I think the main worry is that the large organic organizations are not happy at all with Horizon.Â. Not because I believe you are evil, but because brainwashing is brainwashing, no matter what the content. everyone knows what milk tastes like. I also worked in a natural foods store, but I also worked in the dairy industry for 4 years, and am currently an environmental scientist. Disclaimer: The links and mentions on this site may be affiliate links. It is imperative that there are safe breeding flocks of sheep in the US. We look into the sustainability of non-dairy plant milks, including almond, coconut, hemp, rice and soya; nutrition, packaging and who produces them. Horizon is not a good example to be using for your analysis of Organic milk. You really need to select a company that is an honest organic producer before you do your analysis. I have horizon in my fridge right now and I really started to question the truth because it is sold in an Albertsons which normally means big business. Third, I also really liked what the Mother who wrote "what's NOT in the milk matters" had to say. Plant milk, like oat or almond, is basically your only option of you want ethical milk. These standards must be followed by anyone using the USDA seal on their products... or else they will pay a hefty fine. It's so sad American's been eating junk for too long to know what's good. We should also address the claim of certified organic feed. You guys kill tigers and eat their dicks you even pay $10,000 just to eat a tiger cock. Organic milk and foods taste way better without a doubt, because you aren't tasting all of the pesticides and hormones and antibiotics you get eating conventional food. Idiot. And much of this feed is irrigated by dams that have been condemned for destroying ecosystems. It tastes way different. I am not saying you are wrong, but I would like to see your references. plants that are grown with pesticides don't need to create these defense mechanisms, therefore, never produce the chemicals/nutrients that our bodies like.  this is what i read from michael pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma, a book he wrote based on much research and has referenced to in the book. Now most of the feed that Horizon buys is shipped in on massive railroad cars, processed by a giant corporate agribusiness and then given to the cows. But in 1980 a team of USDA scientists concluded there was in fact no universally accepted definition for organic farming. Here's something you can try to see for your own eyes that Horizon Organic is not as corrupt as this guy wants you to believe. have you found any out there that more than "barely" fit the organic label? If they're selling organic produce but spraying their grass . I would have to agree with Michele. However, what I have found is nothing more than opinion--woefully unresearched, pre-biased thoughts on a commercial enterprise. We allow our cows to make milk according to their natural cycle and keep them in good health by giving them certified organic feed, fresh air and access to pasture. I have tried organic milks from 2 different companies and the milk flavor is of higher quality than conventional milk. I personally do not want my 6 year old sprouting breats at age 8 and menstrating at age 9 due to all the steroids given to the cows the produce the "regular milk" you say people should drink. I also dare him to go to the Horizon Organic dairies and take pictures of these horrible places if he wants us to believe that they are so bad. i'm pretty sure that all the studies i've heard referenced to are studies where they found significant differences between organically grown and non-organically grown.  the fact is that pesticides kill a lot of good bacteria that helps plants and chemical fertilizers are based on the idea that plants only need 3 basic nutrients to grow (i can't remember which three), but they don't take into account all the other things growing in the soil that all work together.  for example, pesticides kill the bugs that naturally eat the plants.  but plants naturally create defense mechanisms to avoid being eaten.  these defense mechanisms produce certain vitamins and minerals. [14], In July 2016 it was announced that the French company Danone would purchase WhiteWave Foods for $10.4 billion. What Horizon means by this phrase is that they add NONE of this to their milk process. Here are a couple sites to get started: Thank you. WhiteWave’s family farm suppliers are, we believe, just as ethical as the farmers supplying other brands,” Kastel affirmed. By not having your sources listed or article referenced, everything you write is merely your opinion and nothing based on fact. Raw milk is the only way a human will benefit from the wonders of dairy. So, in 1997 Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman stated the following: "What is organic? They just get to look at it, cooped up in the usual factory-farming warehouses. The natural portion of the definition is fairly obvious, but process is an equally critical distinction. And as the guy above said the first amendment protects my speech. My apricots can sit on a table for 10+ days and be fine, ones I was given by a neighbour who over watered and used chemicals went rotten around the stone in 2 to 3 days of picking! It IS the milk taste I've been looking for years. It seems that this word Organic is being treated like a holy relic, when in fact the word has been sadly perverted by large corporations. Not to mention false advertising and packaging aka lying in a highly regulated industry---not sure if you have heard of the FDA, but they tend to regulate commodity foods such as MILK. Of course you can't see the difference in milk like you can in eggs. Where do you get your facts my flower friend? Oh wait, he sounds just like them! This is why I'm willing to pay a little extra for the organic milk, same goes for organic eggs. Apparently Ebola is a Zionist conspiracy against the Aryan Nation. I think they're refering to what the cows are treated with, not the milk itself. Uh huh. this is a pretty ridiculous and misinformed blog. Similarly, the same can be said of the other claims, regarding pesticides and hormones. "antibiotic, hormone and pesticide free" = does not mean that these are absent from milk... well duh. You further claim "growth hormones, again according to the USDA, are only ever approved for beef cattle, plus lamb and veal.". What's more, I own a Certified Scrapie Free flock & that only makes the whole thing more idiotic. I am spreading the word to my friends. If you people only knew the truth. Third, the most dangerous park of lying in milk is the "fat" stuff. Would you want to be out on pasture on a hot summer day? I would like to know what your credentials are that give you the ability to write such an article and exactly what kind of research you did? I think I know better than any of this false information I read online. I think that's another claim we can't make judgements about just by reading the label. I also think that the milk tastes better, more like fresh farm milk. Generally, it is agriculture produced through a natural as opposed to synthetic process. Lastly although I am stunned at your inaccurate screed against Horizon, I would recommend horizon anyway. I worked for a number of years in natural/organic food retail, and Horizon has a really good reputation. Either way i'm switching brands. The Ethical Dairy is an artificial food system that is as closely aligned with what nature intended as we currently get. Make the demand grow and squeeze conglomerates like Dean Foods out or have a hand in making them change their ways. Because Walmart was increasing their organic shelf-space and Horizon undercut Organic Valley by 15 cents a unit. Unfortunately, these smaller farms represents maybe only 40-60% of their milk volume. In return, our cows give us great-tasting organic milk. If you believe that milk can contain added antibiotics and growth hormones, then it stands to reason that Dean Foods puts more of it out than anyone else. The standards for "organic" They tell us what they want us to hear. Maybe $40 if I'm lucky. Skim organic milk has better taste and creaminess than regular skim milk, and I am amazed by the expiration dates. Here are some of the questions about Horizon Organic milk that we frequently hear from you. I would love to know if there is really a difference because we don't have any money to waste, however I do not want to compromise their health either. I always used to throw out some milk in the box because it would expire... however, Horizon's expiry date was typically 3 to 4 weeks out from the day I would purchase it (I suppose that depends highly on the supermarket you shop, because when I moved the best I could find was two weeks out). Which makes it even more difficult for these poor cows to step outside. [5] Thanks for the link to the Straus site. Just because it was sold means it abandon its founding principles. Pesticides are a lot more dangerous for developing children vs grown adults. Organic Valley is known as the only company to ever willingly pull their products out of Walmart. I only care that the cows don't fart too much and contribute to all the CO2 emissions because I live on an expensive waterfront property and recently the water level has been noticeably rising a lot more than usual so its got me really pump up with the environmental movement so that I can save my house from going under water. Thank You for your time. You will then forget why you even worried about horizon milk to begin with. It is not "Jessica's" video, but one I found & worth a watch. I had hoped to find independent research on Horizon when I saw this link. I don't need researcher to tell me if there is a difference or which one is better, a real organic farmed product is far superior. Sorry, anyone who would read this and base their entire knowledge of organic food/drinks on it would be doing themselves injustice. Why is that? The company entered the plant-based milk market with their Silk brand soy milk, but came under fire for lack of transparency/integrity on their switches from organic to conventional soy beans and from local farmers to Chinese suppliers who could undercut them on price (see this post on ethical soy for more on that). Meanwhile, the price of Class IV milk (milk used to produce butter and dry milk … "I think Horizon abides by the letter of the law (barely) rather than the spirit.". not only is US corn subject to massive doses of pesticides in the field, it is often dosed in storage! If it is the USDA who cares anyway. The regular cheap stuff is beyond the pale, as this Nightline story makes clear. Places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's move into to small neighborhoods and take over and are the reason why some small family owned health food stores have to close down. Am I just supposed to take your "word" for it that you're right? And remember man I respect your comments so please respect mine. I want evidence, not a load of cow manure! But they do not affect the actual opinions and recommendations of the authors. The mass doses of milk production inducing hormones given to non organic cows are not called growth hormones. The FTC has ruled that a manufacturer cannot make a "no pesticide" claim as it is untruthful, because pesticides are never added to milk or milk products. i'm sure that's easily googled, as well. There is something to say about all the pesticides and antibiotics in American food. I didn't think so. I live in San Diego and was about to look for a local farmer (good luck here, we are almost like LA now). A long term relationship also means that the producer will let you know about bargains. My twins just transitioned off of formula to whole milk. I have tried the horizon milk and like it. 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