Sunday, October 4

Post from the past: Why Drink Organic Milk

Did you know that June is Dairy Month?

Hmm. Me neither.

I do now!

Those that have read my blog for a while know that I am a kind of short, sweet, to-the-point, give me just the facts kind of reader/writer. Give me a list with a short sentence or two on why and I am one happy girl.

That is why this article caught my attention:
Seven Reasons Why Kids Should Drink Organic Milk
From: SOURCE Organic Valley Family of Farms

In recognition of June (Dairy Month) Dr. Greene is offering the following seven reasons why families who drink milk should choose organic:

  1. Organic milk comes from organic cows that have not been treated with antibiotics, so it doesn't contribute to the growing problem of bacterial resistance.

  2. Organic milk does not have added synthetic hormones used to stimulate the cows' milk production which is then passed on to the milk drinker.

  3. Organic cows are fed food grown without chemical pesticides. (again, keeping pesticides from being transferred to the milk drinker)

  4. Many organic farmers rely upon pasturing and give their cows fresh green grass which means that organic milk often has a high CLA content because it comes from cows who pasture has higher CLA content. (CLA is Conjugated Linoleic Acids i.e. the “good fats”)

  5. Excellent source of calcium. (This is true for all milk)

  6. Organic milk is a natural, wholesome beverage that does not contain artificial chemical ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame and/or artificial chemical dyes
  7. Organic cows must have access to open air. Organic cows are allowed to graze freely in organic pasture when it is in season. This kind of farming is kind to animals, supportive of wildlife, healthy for rural communities, respectful of our air, water and soil, and healthy for children.

"Parents need to practice the precautionary principle when it comes to the foods they feed their families," advised Greene. "This is especially true when it comes to eating higher on the food chain where pesticides and other toxins are stored in fatty tissue. By choosing organic milk, butter, and cheese, however, families can avoid this exposure."

Now we know.

For the full article click over to The Organic Consumers Association website. (A good source of short, sweet, to-the-point, info. In my opinion)

I wish I had read this article (or better yet, had a printed copy of it) so I could have responded to the lady behind me in the check-out line who was making rude comments about me wasting my $ on organic items when they were just the same as regular items…..


Over Coffee - the green edition said...

Looking at this post now I realize that it is now July! You would have thought that would have registered when I was writing the post ;-) Oh well, the message is still the same.

Happy Independence Weekend!

Kathleen W. said...

We only buy organic milk for our son (husband and I drink soy) but I recall reading things about non-organic milk possibly leading to premature puberty in girls due to all of the hormones. Scary stuff.

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

I have heard that too Kathleen and I agree with you, scary stuff. I also heard that the hormones in things like chicken are contributing to this too. I will need to read up on it more. I am sure those girls would be interested in the findings and postponing puberty as long as possible ;-)