Alden’s Ice Cream (Oregon Ice Cream)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersEugene, OR
ProductsIce cream
Websitewww.aldensicecream.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score975

In the previous iteration of the organic dairy scorecard this brand rated 4 cows. Unfortunately, they have failed to update some of their information needed for this more comprehensive scorecard. Since we were unable to confirm some of the information this brand has been downgraded by one whole classification. Where possible, this brand’s old scores, based on their previous survey and our confirmation work, were substituted into the new rubric to represent this change.

In dairy, we now see about half of the “organic” milk supply coming from factory dairies milking their cows as many as three to four times a day pushing for high production (legitimate organic farms usually milk twice a day). Cornucopia’s research also shows many of these dairies are still not providing the required amount of grazing for each cow as the law requires. While some excellent dairy marketers may feel they don’t need to participate because they already have a good relationship with their consumers, their lack of participation aids and abets factory farms and hurts ethical dairies across the country (many of whom do not have the option to directly market to consumers and need to rely on the wholesale marketplace).

Participation in this survey and scorecard separates the organic label between those brands that are ”beyond organic,” others at least meeting the minimum legal standards and those that are ethically deficient. In an industry where industrial dairies do have something to hide, the lack of transparency in brands that might otherwise score well hurts the integrity of the organic label.

If you’re a customer of this brand your voice may have some sway in the marketplace. Please use your power as a concerned consumer to ask your favorite brand to stand up for organic integrity by participating in The Cornucopia Institute’s research study and scorecard. Let them know you obviously have the option to use the scorecard to choose an alternative brand that is willing to be transparent with their practices.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)975
3-Cow Rating | Very Good
Ownership structure80Family owned buisness
Milk Supply70No answer but previous answer shows source milk of integrity
Organic Production50Mixed conventional and organic; unknown if on same property or not
Disclosure of Information for Verification0No response, lack of transparency despite previous participation
Organic Certification100Organic Certifiers
Other Labels/Standards0No answer
Grass-fed40No answer - previously mets minimum standards for grazing.
Soy Free Ration?No answer. Soy is probably used in feed.
Pasture40Previously meets minimum organic standards for pasture
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate90Old answer shows low cull rate
Replacements75No answer; minority of organic animals purchased are conventional
Calves0No answer
Antibiotic Use100None according to previous answers
Hormone Usage100None according to previous answers
Farm Support50Old answer shows all dairies are visited regularly by staff
Procurement of Ingredients90Previously no outside ingredients
Extra Credit0None