Sky Top Farms
|Farm/Brand Headquarters||Bronx, NY|
In the previous iteration of the organic dairy scorecard, this brand rated 3 cows. Unfortunately, they have failed to update some of their information needed for this more comprehensive scorecard. Since we were unable to confirm some of the information, this brand has been downgraded by one whole classification. Where possible, this brand’s old scores, based on their previous survey and our confirmation work, 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 that milk their cows as many as three to four times a day, pushing for high production (legitimate organic farms usually milk 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 rely on the wholesale marketplace).
Participation in this survey and scorecard project separates the organic label among those brands that are ”beyond organic,” others at least meeting the minimum 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, 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. Let them know you have the option to use the scorecard to choose an alternative brand that is willing to be transparent with their practices.
|TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)||340|
3-Cow Rating | Unverified
|Ownership structure||60||Private Privately held|
|Milk Supply||50||Likely milk of integrity|
|Organic Production||0||No answer|
|Disclosure of Information for Verification||0||No disclosure; poor disclosure on previous scorecards|
|Other Labels/Standards||0||No answer|
|Grass-fed||40||Previous answers show good grass-fed compliance|
|Soy Free Ration?||No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.|
|Pasture||40||Previous answers show good pasture compliance|
|Times Milked||0||Unknown, probably twice a day (standard)|
|Cull/death Rate||50||Low cull/death rate likely|
|Calves||0||Possibly closed herds|
|Antibiotic Use||50||Likely no antibiotics used|
|Hormone Usage||50||Likely no hormones used|
|Farm Support||0||No answer|
|Procurement of Ingredients||0||No answer|