Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother
Does your family drink milk? If you are serving your family milk, you may want to consider the following information.
Facts on Canadian Milk and Milk Products:
-Canada does not allow the use of growth hormones to increase milk production in cows.
-In Canada, no added growth hormones are found in milk or milk products.
-In Canada, there are no antibiotic residues in milk and milk products.
-In Canada, natural hormones do pass through the milk. However, this has no affect on humans.
-Bovine Growth Hormone (rBST) is not found in Canadian milk. This hormone is currently used in the United States. Source of Information:
-Organic dairy farmers feed their cows with crops grown without pesticides. This, however, does not mean that conventional dairy farmers don’t provide their cows with good-quality feed or follow environmentally friendly practices. Field crops generally contain minimal pesticide residues.
Facts on Milk and and Milk Products in the United States:
-Before the U.S. Department of Agriculture gives its coveted “USDA Organic” label to milk, the USDA certifies that cows are not given the synthetic hormone known as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH, also known as BGH, recombinant bovine somatotropin or rBST). Farmers often give rBGH to dairy cows to make them more productive.
-In 2010, the USDA closed a loophole in their organic regulations, so all organic dairy cattle must now spend much of the year grazing in open pastures, as opposed to feed lots or indoor feeding pens. While this may seem more natural and healthy, there is some controversy over whether it makes the milk healthier.
-Advocates claim that milk from cows that graze in pastures contains more conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs), which is a healthy fat that some research shows might have health benefits. There is not, however, any significant body of scientific evidence supporting the nutritional superiority of organic milk.
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-The Bovine Hormone added in USA milk can make cows sick. For example, the cow may suffer from mastitis (inflammation of the udders, often caused by infection). The Bovine Hormone has also been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer in humans. The additive has been banned in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the entire European Union.
-Hormones are not the only concerns associated with non-organic milk. For example, the overuse of antibiotics is rampant among dairy farmers in the United States. Antibiotics are given routinely to cattle (and many other livestock) and the drugs show up in the milk the cows produce.
-If the milk or milk product is non-organic, pesticides can be found in both Canadian and USA products. Organic milk has none of these ingredients, since their use is forbidden in USDA-certified dairy cows, who can only eat certified organic feed. Canada has their own certification companies.
Is organic milk worth the extra cost? In my opinion, yes it is. Considering all the extra additives and pesticides in regular milk, I believe the extra cost is well worth it.
What do you think? Do you drink organic milk?