US 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 according to the Organic Consumers Association.
The OCA 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,"says the OCA on its website, where it is inviting consumers to send a submission saying the will boycott their products to the "Shameless Seven's" CEOs.
OCA says thousands of organic consumers and a number of natural food stores and cooperatives have joined the boycott, but major national large grocery retailers have ignored it. Meanwhile, USDA bureaucrats "drag their feet" on closing key loopholes in the United States national organic standards.
Intensive confinemnt of dairy cows
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's practice of intensive confinement of dairy cows has been criticised by the Cornucopia Institute, which promotes family-scale farming for "greenwashing and its bogus certification of animal welfare."
The OCA also said 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, the association said.