Do they go at only a few days old, frightened and very vulnerable? Just a few days born, with no feed and no assurance of gentle or ethical treatment?
Well, this is what I had to ponder as I read through a discussion (which darnit I cannot find the link to) and a post by over at Living a Little Greener, 'My Milk Dilemma'. Then checked out the RSCPA site. I don't do non-Fairtrade chocolate (otherwise I'm enjoying chocolate with my kids, while other people's children are slaves in order for me to have it), I don't do caged eggs (when we buy them, because the girls are low on the laying at the moment) and I buy free range and organic chicken if I can. When we can we buy Redtail Ridge bulk organic beef packs... As a start. So what about dairy?
Well, I remember somewhere a write up of milk in WA, what you could get (organic/non-homogenised/standard) and what it would come packaged in (but again, my link-ability is letting me down!). I've emailed a few places. Some are happy for you to come visit, some have a good and open policy and then there's this one in SA Barambah Organics that has a 'no-kill' policy with regard to their Bobby cows...
but what about here, in WA? what is there and what is behind it? I won't support cage eggs, so I want to try and find more ethical dairy choices. These are the brands I've tried so far:
- Margaret River Organic milk - available in 2 and 1 litres, in skim and full cream. Non-homogenised (has the cream still in it). Available at our local IGA and at the local Coles, funnily enough.
- Brunswick Dairy cheddar cheese - local, delicious cheese that tastes like a cross between cheddar, mozarella and parmesan. Also available at our local IGA
- Bannister Downs milk - more eco friendly packaging in their pouches and limited access to glass bottled milk (which I would love to try!) - again, IGA if you want this one.
- Harvey Fresh - local and we buy their UHT lactose-free version as standard and the full cream if the Margartet River or Bannister Downs or A2 isn't available. Available in Woolies, Coles and IGA.
- local butter - bonus if it's organic or other ethical standing
- local yoghurt that is low cal and all natural.
- local milk - preferably organic - in glass
If you know of any more brands, or have more info on anything I've posted on in terms of dairy or other, please do share. If you have a link to the discussion about what milk you can get in WA and in what containers (glass, plastic, pouch) that would be fantastic too!
then I guess the choice comes down to, if you can't find one product with it all, do you preference local over organic? Or organic over local... or...? I know cost comes into it, though I'm happy to use less milk and buy slightly better quality/ethical milk - same time I know I am lucky to be in a position to have that choice...
UPDATE: Milk in glass! post