Post # 1
I LOVE milk, matter a fact I drink multiple glasses a day. However I saw a segment on the news last night about dairy cows being mistreated. My stomach rolled. I’m not what people would refer as an activist, but I’m so darn close many people steer clear of me (wusses). My home is a safe haven for all animals regardless of what I have to give up as long as they have a good home. So you see I’m a HUGE animal lover. I haven’t been able to bring myself to drink milk since I saw that. I’m unsure where to start to find out if my milk is coming from properly treated cows. I fill sick going to my fridge and seeing that yellow jug. I can’t stand the thought that some poor cow is getting harmed and staying in unsanitary conditions just so I can enjoy my drink. Please does anyone know how I can begin this investigation on where my milk is coming from and the treatment of the cows at that place?
***by the way I wasn’t sure if I should put this in the lounge or in the pets section. So if you think someone might know even if you don’t, can you send them my way.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks
Here’s a list I found rating different brands: http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
Basically, I just googled “best organic milk” 🙂 Organic doesn’t necessarily mean that they take better care of the cows, but at least it’s a start in terms of caring at all!
Post # 4
The reality is that most meat and dairy products you get from a supermarket are from large factory farms that treat the animals like s***. So it’s really not just an issue with milk that you drink. Have you considered switching to soy milk?
Post # 5
Could you check out local farmer’s market/produce stands and ask for recommendations? Maybe you can get milk from a private farmer rather than commercially. FI’s mom and dad have a dairy cow, so we know where our milk is from. We don’t sell it, but we know others who might. His grandmother sells the eggs from her chickens on their private farm. This might not be feasible for someone in a big city, but I don’t know where you are. I assume that there are farms in TN in some places, so it’s worth a shot!
Post # 6
We get our milk from a small local organic farm. You can actually drive out and see them work if you so desire! Do you have anything like that in your area?
Post # 7
Do they sell milk at your Farmer’s Market? If so, you can talk to the farmer about how his farm is run.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
I’d pay less attention to the organic label, and more attention to grass fed pastured labels. Go to localharvest.org and search based on your zip code. Check the brands sold in your local health stores and check out their farms. talk to the farmers at the farmer’s market. Even a google search of “grass fed pastured dairy yourlocation, tennesee” should help point you in the right direction. Good luck and kudos to you! 🙂
Post # 9
Of the widely available brands of milk, Organic Valley is one of the better ones. The American Humane Association also certifies some brands, which is a good sign (although not all brands will want to spend the money for certification even when they would qualify, so not having this certification doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad).