PCC Community Markets

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersSeattle, WA
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.pccmarkets.com
Market AreaWA
Total Score1335

PCC Community Markets, in Seattle, is the country’s largest member owned natural foods cooperative. They are one of the most engaged retailers in the nation when it comes to being involved in policy work protecting the integrity of the organic label, both in Washington State and nationally.

Their choice of organic milk suppliers, for their own store-brand, reflects their dedication to the organic movement. It comes from a supplier of integrity, depending on local family-scale farms in the Pacific Northwest.

PointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1335
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
75
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
90
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
80
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
75
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
0
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
70
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
80
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
75
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
100
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
70
Farms that prohibit antibiotics receive the most points. Farms that allow young stock to receive antibiotics (under one year), receive the fewest.
Antibiotic Use
100
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
100
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
90
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
90
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
50