For Your Health. A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science showed that organic milk has different proportions of fatty acids including much higher levels of beneficial polyunsaturated fats such as conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) and some types of omega 3 fatty acids.1
For the Animal Welfare. Like us, cows benefit from fresh air and exercise. Organic cows have access to pasture when the weather permits. And they are fed a high proportion of forage in their all organic diet. Forage is a more natural food for cattle, and results in a healthier animal.
Because it’s Local. The milk is produced by our neighbours. In the case of organic milk in Alberta, these are hard working, dedicated neighbours bringing us the best possible product they can.
For the Environment. Organic production doesn’t add herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides to the land and therefore doesn’t contribute these chemicals to the pollution of air and water. It also doesn’t include genetically modified organisms, synthetic hormones or antibiotics. Supporting local organic is about keeping our environment clean.
1 Journal of Dairy Science 94:24-36
More Resources on Organic Milk:
- Organic vs. Conventional Dairy: A Comparison (Study by the Organic Council of Ontario, 2013)
- Down on the Organic Dairy Farm (Article by Sharon Palmer, RD, Today’s Dietician, 2013)
- Lots of Alberta organic milk available, if you know where to look (Edmonton Journal, 2013)
- Organic milk has ‘less harmful’ fats than traditional variety (Daily Mail, 2011)
- Different mix of fats in organic milk (NHS Choices, 2011)