Making ‘Cents’ of Health Foods: Organic Milk

Have you noticed how more and more organic milk labels are listing that the content is rBGH free? What is rBGH and why are more milk companies choosing to leave this out of the milk? What is the difference between organic milk and typical store milk?  

Conventional vs. Organic

Milk. Milk has been one of the most important products for humans as a species. From the minute we are born to old age, we are consuming milk. Since this is the case, we should be highly aware of what we are drinking when we drink milk.  
Conventionally raised cows are commonly given rBGH, a growth hormone, that is banned in several countries outside the United States. There is no evidence yet that this hormone can harm us, however, some growing concerns in how it can hurt cows has been a topic of interest to many.  

Expense & Benefit 

Organic milk can come with a hefty price, especially if more than one person in your family regularly drinks it. It can cost more than double the price of regularly found conventional milk.  
Milk that is produced organically comes from a cow that has not been given any antibiotics and that has had a large portion of its diet from grazing pasture. Any other forms of feed must have also been grown without any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.  
Organic milk has higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (important for brain health).  
In choosing organic milk, you would gain transparency in what you are putting into your body or your children’s bodies.