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Organic vs. Conventional Milk

I see from the date of this post that this story has been around a while, but I just heard about it last week. Is there ever going to come a time when we can just know that what we are buying is what we think we are buying? That when we think we are making the healthier choice, we actually are? If we eat a lot of yogurt does that combat the lack of good bacteria in organic milk? Without very much knowledge or research on this topic I would still venture to guess that the lack of chemicals in organic milk still outweighs the lack of bacteria and maybe some nutrients. Does anyone disagree?

On a related note, Whole Foods 365 Organic Brand is one of the brands listed as sometimes UP, sometimes not (though the Web site states it is never ultra-pasteurized). Is  anyone else having trouble finding gallons of whole milk? We go through two gallons of milk a week and can’t find whole at Whole Foods anymore.

3 comments

  1. News Mom January 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Well, my daughter doesn’t drink any milk at all given that she never developed a taste for it even outgrowing her allergy to milk at age 2. She does east yogurt, cheese and other dairy products. She seems to be surviving fine, so I’d say if your kids are at least getting the calcium, vitamin D, and calories they need from the milk, you’re probably doing fine.

  2. Christie January 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    This isn’t just an issue for organic milk – but it is true that you see the ultra pasturized more often with the organic milk. What is much more concerning to me is that many brands which are labeled organic are factory farmed and (other than their lack of RBST) don’t actually live up to the ideals I expect when I purchase an organic product. (One of the worst offenders is Horizon.)

    To me it is worth a separate trip to my local co-op for local organic milk – which isn’t Ultra-pasturized and where I know the cows have been treated in a humane fashion. The sad fact is, there is not enough money is humanely raised sustainable food for most grocery stores to offer those options.

    Check out this scorecard of organic milk manufacturers – http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
    Here’s their write up on Horizon:
    http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/FarmID_134.html

  3. Green Mom January 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks Christie. I have seen that list before and do shy away from Horizon products. I just wish it wasn’t so hard to find the right product!

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