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Stop Factory Farm Dairy Feedlots from Labeling Their Products as "USDA Organic"

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Under pressure from big agribusiness, the USDA is deliberately refusing to take action against factory farms who are unethically selling their products as "organic." This blatant labeling fraud is compounded by a loophole in federal organic regulations that is allowing unscrupulous organic dairy farms to import young calves from non-organic conventional farms (where the animals have been weaned on cow blood, injected or medicated with antibiotics, and fed genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton seeds, laced with slaughterhouse waste and tainted animal fats). These confinement and feeding practices are inhumane, unhealthy, environmentally unsustainable, and unfair to genuine organic farmers, who follow strict organic principles on pasture access and animal feed, and do not import animals into their herds from conventional farms. Sign Petition to USDA


Actual photo of cows "grazing" at an "organic" factory farm.
Photo of cows grazing at
an organic family farm.

Some of the factory farms that currently confine thousands of cows in close quarters are operated by leading organic dairies such as Dean Foods (Horizon Organic) and Aurora Organic Dairy (producer of store brand organic milk to chains such as Wild Oats, and supplier to Horizon).

On November 16, in Washington, DC, organic consumer and farm representatives will attend the National Organic Standards Board meeting to urge the USDA to stop allowing giant intensive confinement dairy feedlots to illegally market their milk as "organic." The OCA will be presenting a petition with thousands of signatures:


(You may also send individually written letters and emails to: USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Whitten Building – Suite 200A, Washington, DC 20250,

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Note: If you have problems submitting the data on this petition form, it is due to high traffic levels on this website.


Stop the Sneak Attack on Organic Standards


10/24 - National Organic Standards on Outdoor Access/Pasture Requirements for Organic Animals/Livestock

10/21 - Critics Fear USDA Will be Cowed by Large Dairies

10/17 - SOS: Another Attack on Organic Standards: USDA Sides with Factory Dairy Farms & May Pack NOSB with Industrial Ag Advocates

9/15 - More on Organic Dairy Fight

9/12 - Intensive Confinement of Dairy Cattle on So-Called Organic Farms

8/29 - Factory Style Dairy Feedlots Violating Organic Pasture Requirement

8/29 - Organic Community Losing Patience over USDA Allowing Factory-Style Dairy Farms to Call Themselves Organic

8/16 - Should Factory-Style Dairy Farms Like Horizon & Aurora Be Able to Call Themselves Organic?

7/18 - National Survey Shows Overwhelming Opposition to Factory Farm/Intensive Confinement Organic Dairy Practices

6/13 - Horizon Organic Dairy Feedlots Watering Down Organic Standards

5/17 - Whole Foods Chain Side with Factory Style Dairy Horizon in Dispute Over Pasture Access

3/23 - ABC News Covers Controversy on Factory Dairy Farms Labeling Their Products as Organic

3/17 - Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Mandatory Pasture Access for Animals on Organic Farms

3/9 - OCA & Family Dairies Pressure USDA on Allowing Factory Farms to Label Products as "Organic"

3/2 - Small Organic Dairy Farmers Concerned About Factory Farms Certified as "USDA Organic"

2/18 - Nation's Largest Organic Dairy Brand, Horizon, Accused of Violating Organic Standards

2/17 - Organic Valley Speaks Out Against Intensive Confinement Dairies Certified as "Organic"

1/26 - Debate: Can a Factory Farm Dairy Really Be "Organic"

1/24 - Mega-Dairy Aurora Organic Admits It's an Intensive Confinement Organic Feedlot

1/14 - USDA Feels the Heat on Allowing Factory Style Dairies to be Certified as "Organic"

1/12 - Group Files Complaint to USDA on "Factory-Style Dairy Farms" Certified as Organic






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