The Organic Milk Debate

What is organic milk? How is it different from regular cow’s milk and should you spend your extra cash for it? Organic milk has to follow USDA organic milk standards. The standards say that farmers cannot use synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, or use GMO crops or feed for their cows.

Although organic milk has much lower levels of pesticides, both organic and nonorganic milk have high levels of sex hormones in them. Milk from pregnant cows has much higher levels of sex hormones than non-pregnant cows. Those high levels of sex hormones have been associated with earlier menarche in females, gynecomastia in males, increased risk of certain cancers.

So, should you buy organic? I personally only buy organic milk due to it being consumed on a regular basis, but I always alternate cow’s milk with both almond and cashew milk to keep a variety. I think it is a decision to be made per family. Even though I only buy organic milk, I feel that there is more benefit to buying organic produce and organic meats over organic milk if cost is a factor. What do you think? We would love to hear other opinions.

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