Organic Dairying

Besides being the source of most of the nation’s stone fruit and pretty much all of its grapes, the San Joaquin Valley is a massive dairy-producing area – especially Tulare County, south of here. We also have the distinction of having a local organic raw milk dairy in Fresno County, if you’re really hardcore.

For that reason, and because of my general interest in organic production as a consumer, the report released this week by the Cornucopia Institute got my attention.  Their report ranks organic dairy companies on their commitment to organic family-farm scale practices. If you’re lacto and care about organics, you probably want to check in on this – Dean Foods (Horizon, Alta Dena, Organic Cow) was among the companies that declined to participate.

The highest score for a nationally distributed line was four out of five cows for Organic Valley.

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