Dairy Environmental Policy Question 3

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Question

Does at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that spend an average of 3300 hours, or more, a year in grasslands.

  • Dutch version: Komt ten minste 50% van de melk van koeien die gemiddeld van 3300 uur per jaar, of meer, in de wei grazen?
  • German version: Stammen zumindestens 50% der verarbeiteten Milch von Kühen welche pro Jahr mindestens 3300 Stunden auf Grasweiden verbringen?

References and Guidelines

This guideline is set by EKO [1]. 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 spend spend an average of 3300 hours, or more, a year in grasslands 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% of their cows spend 3300 hours a year, or more, in grasslands.

Answering guidelines

Answer Yes:

  • The [brand/company] produces at least 50% of its dairy from cows that spend an average of 3300 hours, or more, a year in grasslands.

Answer No:

  • The [brand/company] cow's spend less than 3300 hours a year on grasslands.
  • The [brand/company] explicitly report that the cows are not spending any time outside on grasslands.

Answer ?:

  • The [brand/company] does not specify how many hours a year the cows spend on grasslands.