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Is organic milk better for you?

BY EARTHFIRST

Organic milk can sometimes cost double the price of regular milk. But is it worth the extra money? There are a variety of reasons that influence our decision to consume organic products. Some people are swayed by the health benefits. Some base their decision on environmental issue or the ethical treatment of animals. And, others simply prefer the taste

We decided to take a closer look at the differences between organic and regular milk to uncover the real facts. Here is what we discovered…

Better for the environment

  • Organic farming and dairy practices are better for the environment, because they reduced the use of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and other synthetic chemical compounds.


Pasture feeding makes cows happier

  • In 2010, the USDA mandated that all organic dairy cattle must now spend much of the year grazing in open pastures, as opposed to feedlots or indoor feeding pens.  Whilst, there is no proof that it makes the milk healthier, there is no doubt that the cows are happier. So if you’re like me and care about the living standards of cows, you’re probably willing to invest in organic milk over regular milk even without the health benefits.


Antibiotics

  • If a cow in an organic herd does need to be treated with antibiotics, she is not returned to the herd for a period of 12 months.
  • Regular cows can return as soon as they get the doctors all clear.


Pesticides

  • Pesticides are present in the feed of regular dairy cattle, and these can show up in milk. 
  • Organic milk producing cows are only allowed to eat certified organic feed, which never contains pesticides.


Its better for you

  • Organic milking cows are fed only organic grains, free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. So none of those nasty chemicals will end up in your body.
  • Organic milk is also higher in Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs). "CLAs are important 'good fats' that have been linked to decreased heart disease and diabetes.
  • “Switching to organic milk and dairy products provides a natural way to increase our intake of nutritionally desirable fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants without increasing our intake of less desirable fatty acids, by choosing organic milk you can cut saturated fats by 30-50 per cent.” (source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/organic-milk-is-better-for-you-say-scientists-2186302.html)

Bovine Growth Hormones (rBGH)

  • This additive has been banned in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the entire European Union, however it is still being used in the US.
  • Regular milk in the US contains artificial hormones, mainly rBGH which is used by some farmers to help increase milk production. rBGH has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer in humans.
  • Other antibiotics are given routinely to cattle (and many other livestock) and the drugs show up in the milk the cows produce.


Shelf life

  • Organic milk is sterilized at a higher temperature than regular milk and therefore has a longer shelf life.




 

What do you think?


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