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Why Buy Organic Milk?

cows in tillamook Oregon eating grass

cows in tillamook Oregon eating grass

It is said that by drinking just one quart of organic milk every week, you help to keep 2.4lbs of fertilizer and .5oz. of toxic pesticides from being used? We drink two gallons of organic milk a week, 2 gallons. How much do you drink?

With those numbers, we save 20 lbs of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer and 4 oz of toxic chemicals from going into the ground and animals, and eventually back into ourselves. I chose to fully take on organic foods as much as I could afford and find about 1 year ago. Some things I will only buy organic which include milk and eggs (hello, recent Iowa egg problems). Also by buying organic a lot of the time I support local business and goods. Luckily I live in a city and state that is very big on healthy eating, so we have some wonderful organic companies located right here.

If your local grocery store doesn’t have something your looking for ask them and they should be able to get it, your choice in the supermarket is a vote. More natural foods should be carried in stores and I see so many wonderful companies coming out with their own lines. Only we the consumers can help drive prices down and get more natural & organic foods in our stores. It takes one person at a time to make a difference and it starts with each of us, but I will take the lead!

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I’ll even give you six reasons why you should buy organic milk:

  1. Nutrients – Organic farmers take care of their soil, which allows for more nutrients, which I would think would make food more nutritious. I would think if cows ate more nutritious foods, that maybe they would pass more nutrients through. By allowing food to grow in it’s own time it has a much greater nutrient base. Have you ever tasted or seen organic produce. It may look a little smaller but the taste tells the difference. Here’s a test get two bananas. One organic and one grown from and with chemicals, and taste them. You’ll right away notice a difference. It’s the same thing with organic milk, which tastes better too! Some researchers say that organically-produced foods are higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than it’s non organic counterparts according to research.
  2. No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers –  Designed with the intent to kill living organisms, pesticides are toxic. These contaminants are affecting the environment, animal, and human life. Its altering our water and our air and the chemicals even build up in our cells. Plus they waste a lot water!
  3. No synthetic growth hormones and breeding – Synthetic hormones are often used in dairy, poultry, meats, and anything else it can be used in. Their purpose it to make animals increase  in growth in much less time, but alters reproductive cycles. We can be changing the genetics of these animals, which in time may have an effect on us. I am no ‘expert’ so what would I know.
  4. No antibiotics – Hello, who wants to be resistant to antibiotics? Antibiotics are important to us, and by eating animals with increased levels of antibiotics, can pass through to us and build up more resistance. Organic means antibiotic free!!
  5. No, No GMO – Genetically modified  and engineered crops are a relatively somewhat more modern technology already seen devastating impacts on ecosystems, human, and animal health. There is a lo of work and footage on these problems. Organic regulations forbid the use of genetically engineered seeds or animals (including clones).
  6. Crunchy Granola – Organic takes extra care, time and patience. For the farmers it is about letting nature be nature. In turn animals are healthy and create their life giving goods naturally. It’s all in the cycle of life!

If you do one thing, consider using Organic dairy, poultry, meats, grains, etc. Its not a marketing ploy. What you may find fascinating is the ingredients list.

Most things you can find non-organic, you can find under an organic label.

Sources: Organic Center

6 Comments

  1. Brandy Byrne on December 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    All great points.



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  3. Huguette English on October 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for the information, never really thought about it before.



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  5. karen M on September 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for the info, I never really paid attention to products with the organic labels. After reading this post and all the info you supplied, I think it is time I rethink my shopping list. Thanks again for all the info!



  6. Owen's Mom on September 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Great post! We farm, but don’t have a dairy, and try to be responsible land stewards… as well as decent human beings. Oddly enough, hormones and pesticides cost a lot. I always wonder why the companies use them! We started raising our own chickens to get around the egg issue, and our local Umpqua Dairy (OR) started an organic line that I love. Thanks for all the great info.