Horizon Grassfed (DanoneWave)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersBoulder, CO
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.whitewave.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score340

Horizon has been known or suspected to be practicing outside the letter and the intent of organic rules and regulations. However, their Grassfed milk requires contract farmers meet American Grassfed standards, which allows for some transparency with this particular product.

In general we do not recommend Horizon milk because they were among the least transparent in Cornucopia’s investigation and information was difficult to confirm. This brand has a preference for obtaining milk from large (700+ cattle) dairies, some of which are located in areas ill-suited to legitimate grazing. 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.

We recommend you try to find another source for your organic milk—though even this “organic” milk will have superior qualities to conventional milk (which would rate a “0” on our scoring scale). Even low-quality organic milk 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.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 340
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
0Corporate structure with no close relationship to farmers
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
0Contracts out to farmers, with little direct relationship
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
50All of Horizon's Grassfed milk is organic
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
0Did not participate
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
20Each contract farm can have a different certifier
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
60American Grassfed Certified
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
90Requires AGA standards for
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.
Pasture
70Requires at least 60% of diet form pasture grazing
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
50Likely 2x a day on most
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
0No answer
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
0No answer
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
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
0No answer; 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
0No answer; hormones may be used therapeutically
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
0No answer
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
0No answer
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
0None