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Organic milk is healthier, study finds

May 28, 2008
Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Need a good reason to convince you to buy organic milk? It’s just plain healthier, according a study by Newcastle University.

Cows on organic farms that are allowed to graze as nature intended are producing better quality milk that contains significantly higher beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than their conventional “high input” counterparts, says the university in a press release. During the summer months, when the cows are grazing on fresh grass in the fields one of the beneficial fats in particular – conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA9 – was found to be 60% higher.

“We have known for some time that what cows are fed has a big influence on milk quality,” said Gillian Butler of the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group at Newcastle University, who led the study in the release.

“What is different about this research is it clearly shows that on organic farms, letting cows graze naturally, using forage-based diet, is the most important reason for the differences in the composition between organic and conventional milk. Read more