I've realized lately that I'm becoming less and less able to process lactose. I've decided that rather give in completely to the monster that is my digestive system, I will fight this wretched condition and continue to eat cheese and ice cream and yogurt and milk chocolate.
But there's a limit to my masochism, and in the morning, when I'm just waking up and drinking my cup a' joe, I tend to use soy milk.
In this hippified town, there are about 100 options for a person like me who wants to purchase a smooth, nutty, frothy delicious box of soy goodness. I prefer plain, unsweetened, unflavored versions, which limits my options somewhat, but still, I have choices and really no way to differentiate other than price and the prettiness of the packaging.
So I was delighted to come across Cornucopia Institute's Organic Soy Scorecard. Cornucopia came up with a rubric to determine the "goodness" of various soy brands based on criteria like the business structure of the company (family business=good, investor owned corp=bad), percentage of organic soybeans purchased, transparency of purchasing information, etc.
Unfortunately, my last purchase, on sale at the local market, came out with a "zero bean" rating -- which means it was a poor choice. Next time, I'm going to go for Eden. It came out number one, it's offered at my local coop, it's only slightly more expensive, and it tastes so much more delicious (it's a toasty brown and tastes like a handful of nuts mixed in cream). Mmmmm.