Myth: Regular milk is not as healthy as organic milk.
Fact: There is no nutritional difference between organic milk and regular milk. Both not only taste great, but they contain the same vitamins and minerals. All milk must meet the same rigorous standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
Dairy farms selling milk using the “USDA organic” seal must adhere to the following criteria:
- Cows are exclusively given feed grown without the use of pesticides or commercial fertilizers.
- Cows are given periodic access to pasture.
- Cows are not treated with supplemental hormones.
- Cows have not been given certain medications to treat illness.
There is no scientific evidence concluding that organic dairy products are safer or healthier than conventional dairy products. Strict government standards ensure both conventional and organic milk are wholesome, safe and nutritious. The USDA conducts an extremely thorough Pesticide Data Program, which concludes that all residue detections within milk and cream are “much lower than established tolerances.”