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Stonyfield Farm

  • By: Robin O'Sullivan
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Stonyfield Farm, the world's largest organic yogurt producer, is widely recognized for being a sustainable, mission-driven business model. The company has received national awards for energy efficiency, waste minimization, recycling, corporate environmental leadership, and efforts to address climate change. Stonyfield Farm aims to be ecologically conscious and profitable. The president and “CE-Yo” of Stonyfield Farm, Gary Hirshberg, has described himself as an “ecoentrepreneur” who wanted to change the American diet and save the Earth at the same time. Hirshberg advocates corporate environmental responsibility, maintaining that Earth-friendly practices are also economically sound.

Hirshberg and his partner, Samuel Kaymen, embarked on their venture at a minuscule New Hampshire dairy farm affiliated with a rural homesteading school. Using Kaymen's recipe, they began making quarts of plain organic yogurt from ...

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