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===Question===
 
===Question===
Does at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that are not treated with synthetic hormones and are not given preventive antibiotics?
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Does at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food?
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* Dutch version: Komt ten minste 50% van de zuivel van koeien die uitsluitend worden gevoed met biologisch voedsel?
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* German version: Stammen zumindestens 50% der verarbeiteten Milch von Kühen, die ausschließlich mit Biofutter gefüttert werden?
  
* Dutch version: Komt ten minste 50% van de zuivel van koeien die niet zijn behandeld met synthetische hormonen en preventieve antibiotica?
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===References and Guidelines===
* German version: Kommt mindestens 50 % der Molkerei Kühen, die sind nicht mit synthetischen Hormonen behandelt und vorbeugende Antibiotika nicht gegeben?
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A cow eats between 60-100 kg food per day. The food mainly exists out of grass, but also includes roughage and power feed. Organic cows eat 100% organic food; the food is not treated with chemical fertilizers and is not genetically modified, therefore a minimum of 60% of the organic food has to be roughage (e.g. gras, clover and hay). Organic cows eat less corn and soy. Organic calves do not get powdered milk, but real milk from its mother. [http://www.bionext.nl/biologischekoeien/].
  
===Reference===
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This guideline is set by EKO [http://www.eko-keurmerk.nl/biologisch]. When a product is labelled with the EKO sign, it indicates that the product has organic origin. The standards of EKO are made up by and protected by the European Commission. According to EKO, cows have to be exclusively fed with organic food in order to be certified organic.
A biological cow is not allowed to be treated with antibiotics or hormones, unless the cow is so sick that it can become life-threatening. When the cow received antibiotic more than twice, its dairy cannot be sold as “organic milk” anymore. When a cow is treated with hormones and antibiotics it will find its way in the milk which is consumed by human beings and can cause health problems. [http://www.bionext.nl/biologischekoeien/]
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===Answering guidelines===
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[http://www.demeter.net/ Demeter] certification always includes at least the EKO standards, and is therefore acknowledged for this question as well.
'''Answer Yes:'''
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'''Answer No:'''
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Please note that some brands do not have an official certification for their products, but do have a concrete policy that includes this standard. When this standard is applied to at least 50% of the brand's products, this is sufficient for a 'Yes' as well.
  
  
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Best Practice: Vecozuivel has 100% organic milk, which indicates that 100% (so at least 50%) of their cows are exclusively fed with organic food.
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===Answering guidelines===
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'''Answer Yes:'''
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* The [brand/company] produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food. 
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'''Answer No:'''
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* The [brand/company] does not produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food.
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* The [brand/company] does produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are fed with <100% organic food.
 
'''Answer ?:'''
 
'''Answer ?:'''
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* The [brand/company] does not specify whether at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food.
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* The [brand/company] does not specify what type of food at least 50% of the dairy cows are fed with.

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Question

Does at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food?

  • Dutch version: Komt ten minste 50% van de zuivel van koeien die uitsluitend worden gevoed met biologisch voedsel?
  • German version: Stammen zumindestens 50% der verarbeiteten Milch von Kühen, die ausschließlich mit Biofutter gefüttert werden?

References and Guidelines

A cow eats between 60-100 kg food per day. The food mainly exists out of grass, but also includes roughage and power feed. Organic cows eat 100% organic food; the food is not treated with chemical fertilizers and is not genetically modified, therefore a minimum of 60% of the organic food has to be roughage (e.g. gras, clover and hay). Organic cows eat less corn and soy. Organic calves do not get powdered milk, but real milk from its mother. [1].

This guideline is set by EKO [2]. When a product is labelled with the EKO sign, it indicates that the product has organic origin. The standards of EKO are made up by and protected by the European Commission. According to EKO, cows have to be exclusively fed with organic food in order to be certified organic.

Demeter certification always includes at least the EKO standards, and is therefore acknowledged for this question as well.

Please note that some brands do not have an official certification for their products, but do have a concrete policy that includes this standard. When this standard is applied to at least 50% of the brand's products, this is sufficient for a 'Yes' as well.


Best Practice: Vecozuivel has 100% organic milk, which indicates that 100% (so at least 50%) of their cows are exclusively fed with organic food.

Answering guidelines

Answer Yes:

  • The [brand/company] produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food.

Answer No:

  • The [brand/company] does not produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food.
  • The [brand/company] does produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are fed with <100% organic food.

Answer ?:

  • The [brand/company] does not specify whether at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that are exclusively fed with organic food.
  • The [brand/company] does not specify what type of food at least 50% of the dairy cows are fed with.