Earth’s Best (Hain Celestial)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersLake Success, NY
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score465

The Earth’s Best brand participated in our survey, but a complete score is pending on complete information about their milk product supplier. Unfortunatly their supplier is not as transparent as they are!

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 465
2-Cow Rating | Fair
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
50Organic infant formula is manufactured by a third-party manufacturer (information pending)
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Information still pending from supplier; brand itself has full transparency
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
75Quality Assurance International (QAI)
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
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
30Likely meets minimum organic standards for grazing (information pending)
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
0Information pending
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
0Information pending
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
0Information pending
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
0Information pending
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
0Information pending
Farms that prohibit antibiotics receive the most points. Farms that allow young stock to receive antibiotics (under one year), receive the fewest.
Antibiotic Use
50Information pending; animals given antibiotics may be introduced back into food stream after withdrawal times.
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
50Information pending; hormones may be used therapeutically
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
0Information pending
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
0Information pending
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