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Website comparing organic milk?

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Produce Addict Mar 9, 2007 06:15 AM

I know I have seen this a bunch of times before, it compares different brands of organic milk by how good they are for the environment, maybe for taste too. Gives them "cow" ratings (ie 5 cow would be great milk). Anyone know what I'm talking about?

thanks

  1. amyzan Mar 15, 2007 02:35 PM

    I just finished reading the chapters in The Omnivore's Dilemma about cows. I think back on the one time I bought Horizon organic milk and found it nasty in comparison to the other brands I buy, namely Organic Valley. So now I've found out the reasons why at this link, thanks again!

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      Fromageball Mar 10, 2008 09:39 AM

      I just finished reading that and his other book In Defense of Food. I had read this website before and never bought Horizon because of it(but also, Horizon is consistently one of the most expensive in stores around here). I usually buy Harris Teeter Naturals milk, which I'm somewhat disappointed with their rating now, but it is at least rated better than Horizons and Trader Joes. What is a girl in NC to do?

    2. amyzan Mar 13, 2007 10:11 PM

      Thanks so much for the link!

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        debbiel Mar 12, 2007 09:54 AM

        Great site. Thanks for sharing this.

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          aynrandgirl Mar 12, 2007 09:06 AM

          While the site does say the cows spend some time in pasture, it doesn't say whether they exclusively feed on grass. I've been looking for an all-grass-fed milk for a while but the cartons at most say they've been pastured. Some say "organic feed", which means nothing since organic grains are still bad for cows.

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            ben61820 Mar 15, 2007 09:55 AM

            yes, i completely agree that many are mislead when they read 'organic' on a milk carton. if a cow eats grains (in most cases represented by corn) it messes with their digestive systems. they are ruminants - meant to eat grasses (their stomachs can process the grasses in such a way where they are actually able to derive protein from the grasses). any grain fed to a ruminant (be it organic) is still going to be detrimental to the cow. if you are talking health benefits you always want as close to 100% grass-fed milk or dairy or meat as you can get. now, if youare talking flavor, its all up for grabs, as corn-fed meat offers merely a different flavor than grass-fed. its not either or 100% of the time. you can enjoy both if you are after taste and flavor.

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              Fromageball Mar 10, 2008 09:43 AM

              I have just been buying Harris Teeter Naturals milk because I knew it was rated higher than Horizon, Trader Joes, and some of the other brands I find around here(I live in NC) It is misleading though and unfortunate because I am trying to be cow-friendly so I would like to find the grass-fed which I guess I'm going to have to hunt for.

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                alliedawn_98 Mar 10, 2008 12:58 PM

                Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, IN (north of Indianapolis) sells dairy products from grass fed cows. I tried some of the chocolate milk this weekend and that was the absolute best milk I've ever tasted. In the plain milk, you can see the cream in the milk. The downside is that it was $6 for a quart! Unreasonable for a family of 4 on a budget!

          2. pikawicca Mar 9, 2007 11:58 AM

            I'm not familiar with the website, or relative merits/demerits, ecologicallyspeaking, of the different brands, but I've tried lots. Based on flavor and mouthfeel alone, I go with Organic Valley.

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              Produce Addict Mar 9, 2007 06:43 AM

              thanks so much. i had googled and it was useless! sometimes i think my googling skills are sub-par...

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                ben61820 Mar 9, 2007 06:26 AM

                no time to google it now, but i DO know what youre talking about. ive read it, too. they beat up hard on stonyfield yogurt. its out there somewhere.

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                  ben61820 Mar 9, 2007 06:27 AM

                  got it: http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/ind...

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