Nature’s One

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersLewis Center, OH
ProductsFormula
Websitewww.naturesone.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1420

They write: “Nature’s One is the leader in organic pediatric nutrition, offering a better start for every child. Founded in 1997, Nature’s One is independently owned and the leading organic formula company still today. From the beginning, Nature’s One has invested millions in the development of ingredients and science that embraces the meaning of organic while insuring the purity that parents demand for their child.

Nature’s One introduced the first organic formula in the USA and now sells into many countries where consumers demand the very best for their family. Brands found worldwide include Baby’s Only Organic, PediaSmart and PediaVance.

Celebrating 20 plus years of innovation, Nature’s One continues to innovate pure organic products that meet its stringent Pure10 Pledge. A pledge that serves as an industry hallmark and is respected by parents everywhere.”

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1420
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
60Corporation with a good track record
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
90Milk of integrity from trusted cooperative
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
100Brand only markets organic dairy products
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
100OneCert
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
0None
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
Grass-fed
50Exceeds minimum USDA standards for grazing
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
No
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
70Supplier farms do adequate grazing in a difficult climate.
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
75Moderate cull/death rate. Will vary widely between farms.
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
Replacements
100Closed herds
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
Calves
75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotics
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
75Depends on third-party for supervision; that third party visits farms regularly
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
85Procurement of ingredients from good sources
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
150Top transparency! Provided information about where they source their grain (from the open market).

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