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I've been buying for my kids (DH and I drink the bad stuff b/c we can't afford it for the whole family). I thought I was doing a good thing. Then I read that it is not as good as it pretends to be. Why? If I can't find raw milk, what is the best alternative?<br><br>
Are there any other "poser" organic things that I should be aware of? We do organic dairy for the kids, and organic meat when we can afford it.
 

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I once read an article that the farm that Horizon bought their milk from wasn't truly using organic practices. After that I stopped buying it and started buying another brand of organic milk, which admittedly I never looked into and found out if they were following organic practices as well. I'll look around and see if I can dig up a link to the story I read.<br><br>
ETA: This is not the same article I read, but I skimmed it and it looks like it covers it.<br><a href="http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/04/13/milk/index.html" target="_blank">http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feat...ilk/index.html</a>
 

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Basically, it's partly because their practices have been called into question as being truly "organic" (i.e. following the letter, but not the intent of the law), and partly because a lot of people see them as being a big corporate conglomerate, the wal-mart of organic dairy so to speak.<br><br>
There's a lot of good info about this on the <a href="http://www.cornucopia.org/pasture/index.php" target="_blank">Cornucopia Institute</a> website, including their organic dairy ratings.
 

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i would buy organic valley if possible all there milk comes from the cows they own in wisconsin (i know the people that own the company)
 

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Thanks for the tips! I admit, I am a busy working mom without the time or energy to invest in researching this stuff. I wish the rules were stricter so I could simply see the "organic" label and feel confident buying it for my family.
 

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totally understand - just remember to avoid horizon and the organic cow (both owned by dean foods I believe) are the 2 big brands. I believe they are being sued for misrepresentation of the organic label. the organic consumers association website has had photos of their "farms" which are clearly not practicing organic.
 

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Ugh! My work used to sell organic valley but then switched to Horizon, which I didn't actually mind because I like the taste better, so I'm really upset to hear this!<br><br>
It's so easy to just grab a gallon on the way out . . . it's also CHEAP at my work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Boy do I feel dumb! I have 2 half gallons of Horizon sitting in my fridge right now. I,like pp said, thought I was buying something good.
 

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I feel dumb too. Right after I posted that link, and I mean all of five minutes after, DH came home from the store with a half gallon of Horizon. I don't know how many times I've asked him not to do that. *Sigh* I guess I just need to make sure I do a better job of making sure I don't run out, or going to get it myself.
 
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