From Organic Consumers Association
July 7, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
While USDA bureaucrats drag their feet on closing key loopholes in national organic organic standards, retailers, wholesalers and major “organic” brands are continuing to sell milk and dairy products labeled as “USDA Organic, even though most or all of their milk is coming from factory farm feedlots where the animals have been brought in from conventional farms and are kept in intensive confinement, with little or no access to pasture.
The Organic Consumers Association is expanding its boycott of Horizon and Aurora organic dairy products to include five national “private label” organic milk brands supplied by Aurora, as well as two leading organic soy products, Silk and White Wave, owned by Horizon’s parent company, Dean Foods. Its time to turn up the heat on the “Shameless Seven.
While thousands of organic consumers and a number of natural food stores and cooperatives have joined the boycott, major national large grocery retailers have ignored the boycott.
Aurora Organic supplies milk for several private label organic milk brands, including Costco’s “Kirkland Signature,” Safeway’s “O” organics brand, Publix’s , High Meadows, Giant’s “Natures Promise,” and Wild Oats organic milk. Aurora Organic received a failing grade from the Cornucopia Institute’s survey of organic dairies for its practice of intensive confinement of dairy cows. Horizon shows pictures of farms like the one above on their website; to see pictures of Aurora’s and Horizon’s real operations follow this link. The Cornucopia Institute recently blew the whistle on Aurora Organic’s greenwashing and its bogus certification of animal welfare.
Additionally, its been revealed that much of the soy for Dean Food’s White Wave tofu and Silk soymilk products are sourced abroad, primarily from Brazil and China. Environmental standards and workers’ rights are routinely violated in these two countries.
Take action today! Send a message to the Shameless Sevens’ CEOs and let them know you are boycotting their products until they comply with USDA organic standards. Sign the petition here!