Originally Posted by Gale Force
Those low ratings are probably based more on the fact that they are large operations. Organic milk operations still need to have the 3-5 acres per cow and cows have access to pasture. When the pasture is actually green is an issue, but that's an issue in small operations too. Mother Nature determines a lot of that. I think we should all buy from small local operations for any of our food or goods, but it doesn't follow that the product of a large operation would necessarily be worse from a health point of view, in this case.
I've been doing more reading about the grass issue and some of Cornucopia's complaints to the FDA. I found an interesting tidbit that I need to research and post about.
In California, the Horizon milk is supplied by the one dairy that's part of the Cornucopia allegation. So there are no "small" dairies in Calif supplying milk to Horizon. In other states, you might be getting milk from a small dairy when you buy Horizon milk.
Horizon didn't do the survey and would have been blasted anyway for selling to Walmart and having large dairies. IMO, neither of those necessarily affect milk quality. Then again, I've yet to see a 10K cow dairy where lactating cows have access to pasture. That's not to say it's not possible.