In the current economic climate we need every penny to count, so is it worth spending a little more on organic milk? The Organic Milk Cooperative http://www.organicmilk.co.uk quotes research that indicates important benefits in using organic milk. I summarise some points here:
1. Organic milk contains higher levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids which may be helpful for health including brain development in children and supporting good heart function.
2. Organic milk contains higher levels of vitamin E, vitamin A and antioxidants, supporting general health.
3. Additionally, the British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine believes there is good evidence linking the rise in incidents of allergies with a general over exposure to chemicals including pesticides, because they may dirupt our immune systems.
That’s why organic standards also apply to any products made with organic milk such as yoghurts, cheese or ready meals. Only 30 additives are permitted in organic food, compared with 7,000 permitted in non organic food.
Dan Shapley comments on pesticide residue in milk at thedailygreen.com:
Pesticides and other man-made chemicals have been found in human breast milk, so it should come as no surprise that they have been found in dairy products, too. Twelve different pesticides have been identified in milk, and milk is of special concern because it is a staple of a child's diets.