I've always used Silk soymilk and creamer but recently I heard that they are owned by Dean, a large factory farming company and supporter of the milk industry. Has anyone else heard about this? How do you find information like this? Is there perhaps a peta generated list of companies that are not affiliated wit factory farming etc?
...and with that in mind, what brand of soy milks and creamers do you use?
They are. http://www.alternet.org/environment/141134/why_silk_soy_milk's_parent_company_is_throwing_american_farmers_and_consumers_under_the_bus/
Hopefully there is something broader, but this chart covers organic brands: http://www.cornucopia.org/who-owns-organic/
hey, thanks for the info. i also used to buy silk but will no longer be doing so.
That's life :( I feel like every brand is somehow linked to something evil... I feel like me buying vegan products makes that company realize what me and others are valuing these days... I am not trying to knock anyone's stance, I am just saying this is not realistic for me.
so, i sent an email to silk explaining my decision to no longer buy their products and my dismay at their partnership with dean (a very nicely worded email i might add), and surprisingly, they wrote me back. here's what they said:
Thank you for your recent e-mail to Silk. We appreciate your interest in our company.
Your concerns about the humane treatment of our animals is very important, and a high priority to us as well.
We take pride in doing things right. And doing it right is all we will ever do. Since we were founded, we have brought more products to consumers and have remained unwavering in our belief that more organic production makes for a better world.
Recently, our company released its “Standards of Care,” which defines the company’s guidelines for operating dairy farms. These standards illustrate our holistic approach to animal care; including livestock nutrition, stress management and homeopathic health care remedies.
With regard to herd health care, organic standards prohibit the use of antibiotics; however, vaccinations are approved and regarded as effective in preventing illness and disease. In addition, regular veterinary check-ups are conducted on sick or injured cattle to monitor their health.
Finally, if approved standards for treatment fail, we will treat our livestock with conventional treatments to minimize the animal’s discomfort, and the cow will be removed from the herd.
Besides complying with the USDA requirements for organic certification, these Standards of Care aspire to the next level of organic stewardship and compassionate animal care.
We encourage you to review our Standards of Care for yourself at http://www.horizonorganic.com/ourfarms/StandardsOfCare.pdf
Thanks again for your interest in our company.
Consumer Response Representative
i've heard some pretty bad things about horizon, but i checked out their standards of care anyway. it says nothing about what happens to the male calves or the cows who are done producing milk and their standards are monitored by the USDA... anyway, just thought i would share this with y'all.
I don't see why it's wrong to support a company's vegan-friendly endeavours because they have other, non-veg branches/products/practices. Not buying anything from Dean foods sends the message 'I don't want anything to do with your company.' Fair enough, but I think it's also worthwhile to send the message 'I don't want to support your animal agricultural practices, but if you provide humane and environmentally friendly products, there will be a market for those.' Not saying everyone should rush out an buy Silk just so we can pat Dean on the head and give them a cookie, but I don't see the point in actively avoiding Silk.
While I do think that purchasing vegan products, even from a company that has a hand in nonvegan products, is sending a good message I would prefer to simply buy vegan products from companies that have no part in unethical treatment of animals. I like Silk creamer so if I can't find one I'll probably continue to buy it. I just think it's good to be aware of all the options.
Have you tried the So Delicious coconut-milk one? Its pretty good!