Albert Straus, Founder & CEO of Straus Family Creamery, is an advocate for organic, non-GMO dairy production, environmental stewardship, and family farms. The Straus dairy became the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River, which has led the way for many other dairy farms in California to follow suit and convert to organic.
Straus Family Creamery, which Albert Straus founded in 1994, was the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States. Its mission is to help sustain family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties by providing high quality, minimally processed organic dairy products, and to support family farming and revitalize rural communities everywhere through advocacy and education.
On the farm, Albert Straus has been a leader in sustainable farming practices, with the aim of creating a viable model for organic dairy farms. These initiatives include a methane digester, which converts dairy waste into renewable energy; a carbon farming program, designed to measure and optimize carbon capture; and an extensive water-reuse system, which recycles wastewater from the creamery.
In 2005, after detecting GMO contamination in his certified organic feeds, Albert Straus developed and implemented a GMO testing and verification program, which was crucial to preserving the organic integrity of his milk. When the Non-GMO Project emerged in 2010, Straus Family Creamery became the first creamery in the U.S to be verified. Every source of feed for cows on the Straus dairy and the eight other local, organic family farms who provide milk to the creamery is tested for GMOs and verified GMO-free.