Thursday, June 30, 2011

No More Dean Foods, Land O' Lakes, or Horizon Products for Our House!

This is a brief overview of what's been going on with our food lately. I sure didn't know Land O' Lakes was involved this deeply. You can verify it all at the Organic Consumers Association website below:

Dean Foods, the largest dairy corporation in the U.S., owns Horizon, the leading organic milk brand, as well as White Wave Silk soy milk which switched from using organic soybeans to so-called "natural" soybeans.
Most of the new GMO alfalfa that will be grown in this country will be used to feed dairy cows producing milk for Dean Foods, who of course already force-feed their factory farm bovines on genetically engineered corn and soybeans.
Monsanto and Forage Genetics' alfalfa represents a major threat to the integrity of organic milk, as GMO alfalfa will inevitably contaminate organic alfalfa fields, but of course Dean Foods/Horizon/White Wave didn't try to stop GMO alfalfa. The same PR flak who lobbies for Dean Foods lobbies for Horizon!
And it gets worse. Dean Foods is the primary marketing agent for Land O' Lakes, a giant dairy, seed, and biotech company which owns Forage Genetics, the co-patent-holder, along with Monsanto, of GMO alfalfa!
Land O' Lakes, is the largest livestock feed seller in the U.S. With almost all soy and corn being GMO, and 98% of soy and 60% of corn being used as animal feed, that makes Land O' Lakes the biggest pusher of Monsanto's GMO crops. Land O' Lakes also sells Monsanto's GMO seeds and Roundup herbicide.
As a dairy processor, Land O' Lakes used to be a competitor of Dean Foods. They went from competitors to partners with a licensing agreement for Dean to process and distribute Land O' Lakes dairy products. Now Land O' Lakes is a Dean Foods brand, along with Horizon, Silk, and International Delight. Dean Foods might as well sell Monsanto-brand milk!
Organic Consumers Association is calling for a boycott of Dean Foods and all of its brands, including Horizon and Silk, to protest GMO alfalfa and all of the other crimes against human health, worker safety, animal rights and the environment caused by Dean's factory farmed dairies.


  1. I just got this e-mail today and haven't read it yet. It just gets worse every day! It won't be long before there will be nothing that we can buy in the supermarket that is safe to eat! Shame on our goverment!

  2. Well, that was eye-opening! Thanks so much for the info. I've been buying land-o-lakes butter because the organic brand was discontinued at my store- no more!!

  3. Robin, it is incredible that our government allows these things to happen. Unfortunately, I think it is really "We, the people" that are actually the ones letting it happen. We should vigorously hold politicians accountable. The way it's going, they'll probably change our Country's name to The United Corporation of America.

    JGH, I had been using Land O' Lakes for years. What deceptive practices!

    Karen Anne, You're Welcome!

    Thanks to all my visitors for stopping by and to those that share a comment with me.
    Veggie PAK

  4. Just think about how little the average consumer knows about these things (and most don't care anyhow...). And what's funny is that the people who are usually anti-government are the very ones who expect the government to "do something" about food safety. They trust corporations will do the right thing, until they don't...

    I'm fortunate to live in an area where small scale farming is alive and well. It may cost a bit more to buy from my local people, but they're doing much more justice to the process and product than some conglomeration of Kraft (or Dean Foods).

  5. foodgardenkitchen, You are SO right!

    Ewww! Kraft or Dean Foods = Dirty words!

    Thanks for visiting!
    Veggie PAK