Started off on just regular milk, then I started using the whole foods 365 organic milk and then one day bought Horizon milk because it was on sale. Thank you for sharing your alternative views. We look into the sustainability of non-dairy plant milks, including almond, coconut, hemp, rice and soya; nutrition, packaging and who produces them. So the taste and the "shelf life" or the Horizon product definitely sets it apart from a generic product, I think. ORGANIC VALLEY is the way to go! One dairyman, Mr. Don Halverson, the owner of a small 50-cow dairy in Idaho, has shared his story of Horizon committing verbally to take his milk once he completed the expensive organic certification process, only to refuse to honor that agreement after he'd invested the thousands of dollars and time required. 2) Hormones: Commercial dairies are allowed to use recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) in production, which increases the efficiency of feed conversion to milk, and increases the amount of milk each cow produces; organic dairies are not allowed to use rBGH (similarly, most commercial beef is raised with growth-promoting hormone implants, organic beef is not). Basically, even with the USDA Organic Seal, the food can really make no claims that it is more nutritious, better quality or safer to eat. And Horizon is definitely the least respected of the organic brands in my opinion. My twins just transitioned off of formula to whole milk. that is all based on the idea that cows are given hormones to make them produce an unnatural amount of milk. 11. Do your homework Miss Daisy. We get hormones from so many other foods that I feel comfort in this fact. Keep up the research though, it really is valuable information and hopefully we can continue to make our best efforts to change this system. Still the great tasting organic milk! For all I know they could be rival organic farmers looking to start trouble against Walmart. They emphasize well-managed pasture. You seem to indicate you take this approach, and granted a "D" grade to your student because the blogger did not cite his references. You can ultra pasteurize regular milk too and get the same thing. Now of course there are some hormones in the milk, after all it does come from a living being, but the fact that additional growing hormones are not added is a comfort to me. They all lie and have hidden agendas. Maybe $40 if I'm lucky. Organic is how it is grown or raised. This category of producers represents the gold standard in dairy production. Most ethical/enviro-friendly milk alternative? Am I just supposed to take your "word" for it that you're right? That's why choosing Horizon Organic is a wholesome and nutritious way to help reduce your exposure to added chemical. The packaging and verbiage promise a lot, a beautiful world of cows grazing in green pastures with big smiles, happily producing only he tastiest, unsullied milk. They claim to get their milk from small, family-owned farms when they are actually driving these exact farms out of business. Milk products are most heavily consumed by children. 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. I can for a whole day, and we eat organic peaches all winter. Is there any issues with that milk? I don't care what anyone says about gimmick. But what does 'organic' mean? When milk is hauled & delivered from 100 different farms and each farm has on average 50 - 200 cows, the chances of bad milk going through the line is dramatically increased. 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. For example, I buy from Picket Fences Creamery in central Iowa, just a few miles from my home. Read some other labels and you will see. I tried Horizon and it made my fussy baby not so fussy. Horizon Organic is the largest supplier of organic milk in North America. You are right that big producers simply ship those sick cows and write off the loss; but small producers like us try very hard to maintain the organic status of each animal because it is profitable and because it is right. Well as a Toddler she refuse to drink soymilk, so I tried regular milk. 3) Pesticides, herbicides, etc. On your first set of critiquea: I said it was Horizon and yes it says orgainic on the box. Your talking about horizon cows like there is a big factory where they are. Buy local, support the small guys who need their farms to make a living and who need to make a living to keep their farms. Unfortunately, these smaller farms represents maybe only 40-60% of their milk volume. Have you ever even been near a farm or grain facility? Didn't you ever apply critical thinking skills? When I insert my hands into a ewe’s uterus to save her life & that of her lambs, she must be covered with an antibiotic or she will die. Recently I was doing research on Ebola hemorrhagic fever. It makes my son happy and he drinks it like there is no tomorrow. I do want to take the time to point out that you mothers need to research the organic food industry as much as possible. I recently learned of Horizon's policy not to buy products from farmers who raise or breed dogs inhumanely. Not surprising when you consider it's now a $15 billion a year business. As for Horizon, do your research. THE CHEAP STUFF. They just care about saving their own butts if something goes wrong and they are to blame. WE THE PEOPLE need to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The expiration dates on the organic milk cartons are often double compared with those of the conventional form. They were not locked in barns or stables staring out at the green pastures as you say they are, they were actually grazing, imagine that! If you support the idea of organic, minimally-processed or otherwise "unconventional" foods, buy them. Ripple – pea milk, half and half, barista style In store i'm sure that's easily googled, as well. I would have to agree with Michele. The ads say that they, "rely on 342 The better you manage your herd...the more milk they produce. When we certify organic, we are certifying not just a product but the farming and handling practices that yield it. At the same time get a pack of Horizon Organic eggs. The company went public in 1998 and was acquired by Dean Foods in 2004. These resulting milk from Hormone dosed milk cows is LOWER in omega 3 fats and quite a few nutrients the FDA and many peer reviewed publications consider essential and helpful for human health. Fascinating read to say the least, and one thing that cropped up was the term 'organic' and how the word has become perverted and practically raped by the agricultural industry. The organic community has done just that, with the Organic Consumer's Association calling for a boycott of Horizon and Aurora Organic. But growth hormones, again according to the USDA, are only ever approved for beef cattle, plus lamb and veal. none of the natural foods stores in Hawaii (including the one I work for) carry Horizon products. And as the factory-farming conditions are rife with disease and infection, this happens a lot. The "whole" milk is merely 3% of fat, "reduced" is 2% or 1%. Organic is not a term meaning that the content of the food is any different, just the way in which the manufacturer arrived at the end product. I had hoped to find independent research on Horizon when I saw this link. Thank you for choosing Horizon Organic. 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. How do I know this? In this day and age it seems you just can't possibly be sucessful without cheating...right? You should have gone to a liberal Arts college like me. To me, this says it all. No corners were cut, no cover-ups. Maybe no milk is ethical, but some is at least more ethical. Everything is truely certified organic. Horizon milk is the best milk on the market, your husband has great sense of taste. I would not base my opinion on them. I can't express how angry I was the first time I TASTED horizon whole milk. It is what it is...believe it or not. Really good of you to take the time and chime in on this topic. And here's the punch line, taken directly from the USDA: "No distinctions should be made between organically and non-organically produced products in terms of quality, appearance, or safety.". Organic producers use these other approaches because their primary goal is health, not the treatment of disease through antibiotics. For Horizon Milk to remain productive and profitable, they must keep their cows hooked up to the milking machines. Hm... it doesn't say "hormone free" though, right? Go Polar Bears! Horizon tastes so much better than anything else sold here that it really doesn't matter. The cows are put out on pasture every single day. We cannot blame the USDA and corporations for exploiting our apathy and ignorance; we can blame only ourselves. Under commercial production, antibiotic residues do show up in milk. The cows are safe and yes...happy. Really, it's what you WANT to believe. Fourth, we care what "not" in our food these days, not what's in it these days. You will then forget why you even worried about horizon milk to begin with. 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). It tastes way different. It's easy for me to believe just from the taste that the cows have a better diet than generic store-brand milk, and I prefer Horizon over "regular" milk. Horizon is not a good example to be using for your analysis of Organic milk. I talked to his doctor and he said that Horizon dosen't have a lot of the chemicals that regular milk has. ... prudential judgments are made against the horizon of our history, the memory of God's promise and our response. I dare Paul Michael to try this test. Anyone that supports the organic industry does NOT buy Horizon milk products. They know us by name because we've been picking there for 15 years. Most of the copy is in fact disingenuous. The farmer said no, explaining that this actually goes against the principles of true organic farming. “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.”. First I have to say I came from China where many years ago the milk still taste good. Well, the cows at Horizon may have access to pasture but it's a known industry fact that milk cows don't spend their days grazing on green grass. If you feed your child grapes twice a week, you should know this is a heavily pesticide dosed product and you should consider organic. Something was odviously missing from horizon. What about crackers, chips, pretzels, snacks, margarines, chocolate, and countless other foods that contain hydrogenated oils??? Organic is not about whether food tastes better or not (although I have heard some people say that it does), it's about whether or not you want yourself, your family, your kids, etc., to consume pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemicals, hormones, food coloring, cancer causing items, every time you, and them, eat and drink. everytime she drank milk and ate yogurt she would break out. But something as elusive as taste - not so much. So, I decided to do some digging around, putting a product in my own fridge under the microscope. Wise Bread is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Afer the cow is no longer producing enough milk, its the slaughterhouse for her. Do your own research and look for *at least* one source that isn't on the internet. These are just a few of the ridiculous claims twisted by this article. He sells them to me at way below regular price because I will take his seconds and the peaches that will not be saleable in another few days. OBTW, USDA and the FDA do not certify everything on the shelves whether it be American made or not. This truly breaks my heart. Smaller & local is much better. Remember, every purchase we make is a small voting booth and we choose what goes on the shelves. Ever notice one plant that looks ok to us is savaged to death, yet another just a short space away is left alone.. there is a reason, nature knows better than us! Second, I would like to say that I really liked what Jeremy Goodell-"new comer to the debate" had to say. I don't even buy the milk for the organic fact...But the sheer fact that it last upto a month and it the fat free milk tast great. People insist on taking pictures of them not on pasture say...on 95 degree hot July days. Its products are sold in supermarkets and grocery stores. I too could create a web page, called it something snappy, and then get on there and blog about how great organic milk and other products are and I would have just as many people believing my opinion as you do yours. I cannot believe your post, it is wrought with a total hacking of the English language. But they do not affect the actual opinions and recommendations of the authors. The term ceased to have meaning once the USDA got involved. People think that the FDA is there to protect us from harmful things in our food and water supply. Pesticides are one example but would there not be bad after effects from organic fertiliser also? There is something to say about all the pesticides and antibiotics in American food. Why not try finding a local producer of raw milk? Plant milk, like oat or almond, is basically your only option of you want ethical milk. I actually have 20-30 different articles on Horizon that I used to write this post. And don't let anyone tell you different. There are movements to abolish this kind of legislature; join them! WhiteWave’s family farm suppliers are, we believe, just as ethical as the farmers supplying other brands,” Kastel affirmed. Those of you who believed this post despite the absence of facts...shame on you. There are plenty of non-organic farms that treat their cows better than organic farms (I've done vet work on 200+ different dairy farms...) and the issue is definitely not black and white nor can you say that all of the farms owned by one company treat their cows bad/good or are large/small. My son was having a hard time with regular 2% milk. . When you buy a certified organic tomato, for instance, you are buying the product of an organic farm. Please people, leave the regurgitated drivel to the neo-nazis, and do some thinking of your own for a change. I'm not a doc but as a parent, organic milk and yogurt works well for my daughter and I'm sticking with it. 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. Are you taking things to labs and having them tested? They don't use antibiotics. I had started with Natures Promise and switched to Horizon but am so glad I read this article! Of course not. 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. . It says no "added growth hormones" which means that cows weren't given additional steriods, I'm assuming. They then are tagged as non-organic and sold to live out their lives as a conventional animal. The author of this piece is extremely ignorant, but I am not going to waste my time with a retort. 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