Albert Straus, Founder & CEO of Straus Family Creamery, is an outspoken advocate for organic, non-GMO dairy production, environmental stewardship and small family farms. The Straus family farm became the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River, which led the way for many other small dairy farms in California to follow suit and convert to organic. Straus Family Creamery, which Albert Straus founded in 1994, is a leading producer of highest-quality, organic milk, yogurt, butter, sour cream and ice cream and was the first certified organic creamery in the United States. On the farm, Albert Straus began testing certified organic feeds for GMO contamination in 2005, and effectively implemented an in-house testing system to preserve the integrity of the organic milk supply. When the Non-GMO Project emerged in 2010, Straus Family Creamery became the first and only creamery in the country to carry the Non-GMO Project Verification seal. This verification extends to the family farm and the seven other organic milk suppliers of Straus Family Creamery. The many additional sustainability programs that Albert Straus has implemented at the dairy and creamery include methane-digester technology to convert dairy waste into energy, an extensive water-reuse system and production of milk in reusable glass bottles.