Sustainability and Organic Valley – a successful business model


Known publicly as Organic Valley, the farmers cooperative organization CROPP has been steering with sustainable business practices for years. Founded in 1988, CROPP is the largest and most successful organic farmers cooperative in the U.S. Since its founding, the coop has grown to be a leader in organic production, marketing and farm policy.

Sustainability is at the heart of its business practices. And the results its farmers have achieved are remarkable, setting new standards for the dairy industry. Some of these achievements since 1988 include:

  • keeping 235 million pounds of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers off of farm land
  • preventing 690 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through use of renewable energy
  • their farms sourced enough certified organic oil to meet the coop’s biodiesel needs in 2014\

Organic Valley milk products are sold in recyclable packaging made without wax or glue. It’s farmers help reduce soil erosion by practicing biodiversity, which increases the land’s ability to retain moisture and be more drought resilient. CROPP’s farmers have discovered that building biodiversity into their farming practices also helps attract and feed wildlife.

See their 2014 Sustainability Report and learn about their sustainability initiatives. And if you haven’t tried any of the wide range of Organic Valley products, check them out!

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