They should call it the New York Timely. There's a very interesting article about Wal-Mart's big push to sell organic products, including milk, and the ensuing debate over just how "organic" food is when it's produced on a near-industrial scale.
Though Wal-Mart takes much of the spotlight, the real focus of the article is the supplier, Aurora Organic Farms, which is gigantic as far as organic farms go. Did you know they also supply store brand milk to Safeway, Costco, Target and Wild Oats? Does that trip up any of you Anywhere-But-Wal-Mart shoppers? [FWIW, Whole Foods called Aurora's product and process "unacceptable."]
As USDA Organic certification requires, there are no hormones or antibiotics involved, but there is also far less grass pasture feeding and way more grain feed which, critics point out, defeats much of the point of organic methods. The nutrients are lower, and the cows aren't as healthy, they say.
Frankly, since opening the organic Pandora's milk box last week, and then having this spinach thing hit in the middle of it, all the issues of the quality of food going into the kid and the conditions under which it was produced are just cascading.
The milk options alone run from industrial homogenized from the national chain drugstore to buying a cow share in Virginia and going to meet the milkman once a week to having fresh-frozen raw milk fedexed from California, even.
The Veggie Chips the kid loves? Turns out they're from Taiwan, they're not organic, just "natural," and they're a private label brand of United Natural Foods, a $2 bn/yr distributor of organic & health food. You could literally spend all your time sourcing and vetting every type of food you buy. And even with all the effort, I'm sure I'll end up on the turnpike sometime, letting the kid snarf down a bag of Chips Ahoy.