I was buying organic milk at my local Safeway the other day. When i unloaded it from the basket onto the conveyor belt, i noticed that it was leaking. I told the cashier & hurried off to get another one. When i came back the cashier told me that if u lay them on their sides in your basket they sometimes leak! Oh, that’s safe! The great thing was that her tone of voice was very critical-like ‘that’s what u get when u lay the unsafe milk on its side, it leaks’.

I got home & called the manager; he, of course, was very noncommital stating that the plastic tabs are frequently not secure, etc….

The lesson here: hold your milk upside down before laying it on its side in your basket!

A big shout out to my husband for renaming Safeway!


4 responses to “UnSafeway”

  1. I just read your post because your blog had a link to our blog automatically generated. I just want to say “thank you” for buying organic milk. If the milk carton in question was Organic Valley, please let me know and I will forward your concern to the staff there.

    Thank you again for supporting organic farmers like our family.


    • Hi Emily,

      It is my privelege to support farmers such as your family.

      The milk in question was from Delta, British Columbia and is called Olympic. It was in a plastic jug. We don’t seem to have any organic milk available in cartons anymore.

      I recently saw the movie No Impact Man about a family in Manhattan who go off the grid for a year. They visit a farm in Connecticut where the farmers tell them that its better to give the cows antibiotics when they’re sick than to go organic-not sure that i agree with this theory. I was wondering if you’d seen it?



  2. Yes, I have seen the movie. It is very inspiring. I did cringe a little when the farmer was talking about organic dairy. The truth is that we can give our cows antibiotics, we just can no longer sell their milk organically. When a cow is sick on our farm, we treat her first with our line up of many (and useful) organic treatments. These are usually plant based oils, salves, etc. 99% of the time they work. When a cow’s life is threatened and the only solution is an antibiotic, we do treat her and then sell her to a neighboring farm who still farms conventionally. This is common practice in the organic dairy industry.

    We have found that by creating a living environment that is healthy for the cows in the first place, we don’t have many of the health problems conventional farms do. We probably treat a cow once per year with antibiotics.

    I hope that answers your question. You can learn more about our fourth generation organic dairy farm at http://www.zweberfarms.wordpress.com

    Thank you for supporting organic farm families


  3. Hi Emily,

    Thanks for that-very interesting. I did sign up for your blog because it also automatically generated to me when i posted mine.

    I look forward to learning about your farm and the whole process.

    Good luck with planting season!


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