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#1 of 9 Old 05-13-2006, 11:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, I'm starting lots of threads today, but there's so much I want/need to know!

My brother-in-law and his wife buy the Horizon organic milk you can get at Target and Walmart. I noticed it costs about twice as much as the regular storebrand whole milk (which is what we buy now).

Today at Target I saw that they have their own brand of organic milk (I don't remember if it's under the Archer Farms or the Market Pantry label) which is cheaper than Horizon. It seems like a good compromise price-wise. Anyone know anything about this milk?

While I'm asking, let me confirm what I've heard- is the main reason to stick with organic because of all the hormones which are in the regular storebought milk? If it says "organic" can you believe them? (Is there a way of really knowing?).

Do stores like Whole Foods sell it any cheaper than walmart and target, or are they more?

Ok, I think this is the last thread I'll start tonight.
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There are federal regulations regarding what can be labeled organic and not...and there is a marking they put on products. You'll notice it.

I tried the Target brand organic milk when I picked up groceries last week, and thought it was good enough...though it did end up going bad before the expiration date. Odd...

I think that the Horizon organic milk is good, too, but find that if I can get locally produced milk, it's much more flavorful. Might see if anywhere around you carries organic or at least natural milk (like w/o hormones but maybe the cattle eat feed that's not necessarily organic).

Whole Foods, Wild Oats, etc. have their own store brands of nearly everything, organic milk included, and I find its qualities to be similar to the Target brand, similar to Horizon's. It's certainly cheaper than name brands, you'll have to decide whether the taste is any different to you and whether it's worth it. If you're going to Whole Foods or WO, see if they don't carry locally produced milk, it's my best recommendation.

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I won't buy Horizon because I don't consider it to be worth Organic prices since they are factory raised cows, same as commercial milk. Many of the store brands also get their "organic" milk from Dean Foods, owner of Horizon.

You're best to stick with Organic Valley, Stonyfield or a local Organic brand of milk IMO. We use raw goat's milk that we get from my mom part of the year, the rest of the year we buy Organic Valley or a local brand of low-heat pasteurized non-homogenized cow's milk.


http://www.organicconsumers.org/nosb2.htm
http://cornucopia.org/index.php/dairy_brand_ratings/

eat: the local brand I mentioned is TradersPoint Creamery and they scored in the outstanding section in the second link I posted above.
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I'm another consumer who won't buy Horizon. I tend to buy Stonyfield or Organic Valley. If I'm going to pay for organic products I definitely want to support those who are doing more for the animals.

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My dh drinks Organic Valley or Stonyfield for now. When I find a place I can get him raw milk-thats what I want to do.

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I didn't know that about Horizon!! I won't be buying that brand anymore.
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We buy and like the Target brand Organic Milk...
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We no longer buy Horizon. I am going raw for myself,and won't be drinking milk anymore,but for my kids I buy Organic Valley or Stonyfield Farm.
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We are another family that doesn't buy Horizon anymore either. Organic Valley is our choice and costs the same anyway. Since Dean supplies the generics to our local stores and Coscto (I believe) we avoid that also.

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