- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - In a story Dec. 19 about Natural Grocers dropping Noosa Yoghurt because of its pasture-based dairy policy, The Associated Press reported erroneously the gender of Noosa co-founder Koel Thomae. She is a woman, not a man.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Natural Grocers dropping Noosa under dairy rules

Colorado-based Natural Grocers dropping Noosa Yoghurt as it switches to pasture-based dairy

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Natural Grocers plans to stop selling yogurt from another Colorado-based company, Noosa, as it switches to pastured-based dairy products.

Last spring, Lakewood-based Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don’t spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass, the standard for organic products.

Natural Grocers executive vice president Heather Isely said she is sad to see Bellvue-based Noosa go, along with brands including Chobani, Siggi’s Brown Cow, but she hopes it will be able to return to the chain’s shelves someday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1wKVV43) reported Friday.

“Cows fundamentally eat grasses…that’s how they were designed to maintain their nutrition,” she said.

Noosa co-founder Koel Thomae said she’s afraid some consumers will conclude that the company isn’t treating its animals humanely.

Brandon Locke of Morning Fresh Dairy, which provides some of the milk used to make Noosa’s yogurt, said its cows eat mainly corn-based feed along with some grasses. In Colorado and other arid places “you can’t just throw your cows out (on the land) and expect them to live,” he said.

The dairy plans to add a dual pasture-grazing and confined feeding system, converting some corn fields into grass pastures, he said.

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