Alden’s Ice Cream (Oregon Ice Cream)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersEugene, OR
ProductsIce cream
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score0

Alden’s Ice Cream participated on a previous iteration of the dairy scorecard but is not currently transparent with our investigators. Because brand information was difficult to confirm outside of their participation, brands like this one may damage the organic marketplace as a whole by undermining confidence in the label and pushing ethical farms out of the industry. Answers refer to old investigation results but may not be current.

Even low-quality organic dairy has been shown to contain no residues of antibiotics, and toxic pesticides, while the risk of those residues being present in conventional milk is high.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 0
1-Cow Rating | Poor
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
0Family owned buisness
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
0No answer but previous answer shows source milk of integrity
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
0Mixed conventional and organic; unknown if on same property or not
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
0No response, lack of transparency despite previous participation
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
0Organic Certifiers
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
0No answer
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
0No answer - previously mets minimum standards for grazing.
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
0No answer. Soy is probably used in feed.
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
0Previously meets minimum organic standards for pasture
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
0Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
0Old answer shows low cull rate
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
0No answer; minority of organic animals purchased are conventional
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
0No answer
Farms that prohibit antibiotics receive the most points. Farms that allow young stock to receive antibiotics (under one year), receive the fewest.
Antibiotic Use
0None according to previous answers
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
0None according to previous answers
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
0Old answer shows all dairies are visited regularly by staff
All ingredients sourced from inside the organization or on the farm receives the highest points. Ingredients from confinement factory farms and/or imported ingredients receive the fewest.
Procurement of Ingredients
0Previously no outside ingredients
Various levels of extra credit given for 1) providing full organic systems plan, 2) providing details on all farms (multi-farm brands, details on largest five required), and 3) sourcing feed on-farm or domestically.
Extra Credit