What a cow in a pasture looks like. Texas longhorn, Cottonmouth County, TX, 2008.
Stingray — you remember Stingray, my sidekick? — remarked the other day that Horizon organic dairy products aren’t really organic, but that Organic Valley products are.
“What!” I said. “Misleading labeling practices? Here in America? What’s next? Will President Obama fail to sufficiently disguise his elitist proclivities by putting Dijon mustard on his photo-op hamburger?”
Stingray’s findings were more or less substantiated by the Morsel Institute’s Half-Assed Research Dept. We encountered factoids like these: you know that phrase “produced without added growth hormones”? Guess what! It’s a red herring! Not even non-organic milk producers add growth hormones to milk (they add’em to cows). And antibiotics? Of course they don’t use’em. They just ship sick animals off to slaughter.
One account has it that as recently as 2007, Horizon Organic, which is owned by Ft. Worth dairyglomerate Dean Foods, was confining their dairy cows, feeding them slaughterhouse offal and chicken shit, weaning the calves on animal blood, and trucking the non-milk-producing animals from drylots to distant pastures for media photo ops. They trucked feed in, too, instead of using local organic hay producers, thus substantially enbiggening their carbon footprint. In other words, quoth the Organic Consumers Association, at least half the happy Horizon cows were, and possibly still are, languishing in prison factories, and Horizon is up for a Ditwuss Award.
Dean Foods, it turns out, have been pushing to lower standards for organic labeling. They also produce Silk organic soy milk. With, apparently, dubiously “organic” soybeans grown by indentured serfs in China.
There was a boycott, of course. It appears not to have eliminated factory farming, however. Or serfdom.
Efforts by the Half-Assed Research Dept to determine, independently of the Dean Foods website, the current status of Horizon dairy cattle and Silk’s Chinese serfs have been unsuccessful. But one point is clear. “Organic” doesn’t mean what we think it means. Especially if farmers are feeding dead animal blood to cute little calves.
It seems like a good idea — in light of this little reminder that the megatheocorporatocracy is nothing but a stinkbag of lies, LIES, LIES — to just knock it off already with the dairy products and commercially-manufactured processed crap, whether it says “organic” on the label or not. These things are unquestionably the product of someone’s oppression, and they’re fucking not very good for you, either.