The price for organic milk is several dollars higher than that for regular milk. But, is it worth it? Is organic milk really better than regular milk? The answer is yes. But, why is it better?
1. Longer shelf life. Organic milk is pasteurized at a much higher temperature than regular milk, so it has a longer shelf life. In fact, some brands have a shelf life of about 2 months! So, this could really be a money savings for some people.
2. Hormone-free. Cows in a conventional dairy are often given the growth hormones, rBGH or rBST so they will have greater milk production. These hormones also cause sickness in the cows, including mastitis (an infection of the udders). A side product of the mastitis is the presence of pus in the milk. Yes, that’s right – Pus in your milk!! In addition, rBGH has been associated with the occurrence of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer in humans. These hormones have been banned in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the European Union.
3. Antibiotic-free. Overuse of antibiotics is high on factory farms. These drugs show up in the milk that the cows produce.
4. Pesticide-free. In order for milk to be labeled ‘organic’, the cows need to be fed grass that’s pesticide-free. Conventionally-produced milk has shown pesticides in testing.
5. Better for the environment. The sustainability of the land and health of animals and environment are much better when crops and animals are raised organically.
Think about what you’re putting into your body. Aren’t you in favor of pus-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, pesticide-free milk?