Why It's Worth It:
When you purchase a pound of butter or a quart of yogurt labeled as USDA Organic, you're getting a healthful, premium product that you can feel good about serving to your family. But you're also supporting a system of agriculture that is environmentally sound, and which assures the health and future productivity of both animals and land.
Organically raised cows are:
Plus, when you purchase organic dairy, you're supporting farmers who work with the health of the earth in mind. Housing, grazing, and even the handling of manure on an organic farm is regulated to ensure that run-off is not polluting aquifers or waterways. Organic standards also cover processing and packaging of the final product.
Learn more about why organic is worth it for animals and the farmers who raise them.
What to look for:
- Look for the USDA seal. This indicates that the product is made of at least 95% organic ingredients.
- Look for the phrase "Made with Organic Ingredients." This indicates that the product contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients.
- Look for information on the certifier (i.e.: the certifier's name or logo).
- Look on the ingredients panel to confirm that organic ingredients were used to make the product.
Taste the Range:
Whether you're on the hunt for string cheese for your kids' lunches or an assortment of artisnal cheeses for tonight's dinner party, organic dairy has something for every occasion. Ice cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, butter, sour cream, heavy cream-and that's just to name a few!
*Photo courtesy of Stonyfield Farm.