Boulder Ice Cream

Farm/Brand HeadquartersBoulder, CO
ProductsIce cream
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score153

In the previous iteration of the organic dairy survey and scorecard this brand rated 3 cows. Unfortunately, they have failed to update some of their information needed for this more comprehensive survey and scorecard. Since we were unable to confirm some of the information on the scorecard this brand has been downgraded by one whole classification. Where possible, this brand’s old scores 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 three to four times a day pushing for high production (legitimate organic farms usually milk once or 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 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, and you trust their practices and products, 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.

TOTAL (possible score is 2700)153
2-Cow Rating | Fair
Ownership structure50Privately held corporation
Milk Supply2Previous answer shows industrial dairy
Organic Production2No answer
Disclosure of Information for Verification0No answer, no transparency
Organic Certification75Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Other Labels/Standards2No answer
Grass-fed2No answer
Soy Free Ration?No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.
Pasture2No answer
Times Milked2No answer
Cull/death Rate2No answer
Replacements2No answer
Calves2No answer
Antibiotic Use2No answer; animals given antibiotics may be introduced back into food stream after withdrawal times.
Hormone Usage2No answer; hormones may be used therapeutically
Farm Support2No answer
Procurement of Ingredients2No answer
Extra Credit2None