White Mountain Foods

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersAustin, TX
ProductsYogurt
Websitewww.whitemountainfoods.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1130

They write: “Since 1980 White Mountain Foods’ mission has been a simple one: to provide our consumers with completely additive and preservative free, minimally processed, organic when possible, tasty, vegetarian foods. All of our products begin with one concept: people before profit. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to changing the way the world eats by providing food that supports our health and does not detract from it.

‘I created White Mountain Foods the way I lived my life. It was not about the money. It was and is about creating and sustaining right livelihood through honest and productive work that enhances individual and community life. My heart was in it. I created delicious health food for a family dinner table. This is our core value.’

Founder, Reed Murray”

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1130
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
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
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
70Sourced from trusted dairy 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
80Markets both organic and conventional products, but organic suppliers do not have split operations
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
95Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
75Texas Department of Agriculture
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. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
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
40Meets USDA percent intake requirements
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
50Conventional cattle may be rotated into organic dairy 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 Antibiotic use
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 hormone use
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
60Cooperative supplier that sets standards and has a staff that 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
90Outside ingredients from trusted 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
0None

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