White Mountain Foods

Farm/Brand HeadquartersAustin, TX
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”

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1130
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure60Corporation
Milk Supply70Sourced from trusted dairy cooperative
Organic Production80Markets both organic and conventional products, but organic suppliers do not have split operations
Disclosure of Information for Verification95Full disclosure
Organic Certification75Texas Department of Agriculture
Other Labels/Standards0None. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
Grass-fed40Meets USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture70Supplier farms do adequate grazing in a difficult climate.
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull/death rate. Will vary widely between farms.
Replacements50Conventional cattle may be rotated into organic dairy herds.
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No Antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support60Cooperative supplier that sets standards and has a staff that visits farms regularly
Procurement of Ingredients90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
Extra Credit0None