Posted on Mar 21, 2011 | Comments 0
A study conducted by the University of Newcastle, Great Britain, and financed by the European Union has analyzed 22 different brands of milk normally found in supermarkets. The study concluded that the organic milk has a lower level of saturated fats which are bad for the human health and a higher level of fatty acids which are good for us than the regular milk. Unfortunately it also has a higher price.
The low quality of the conventional milk comes from the fact that the farms have relied mainly on chemically treated fodder rather than standard grazing which changed considerably the nutritional value of the milk.
The result is even more worrying because this practice is something extremely frequent all over the world.
The result of the British study concluded that the organic milk is rich in essential Omega 3 amino acids, antioxidants and vitamin E which help fighting infections. The studies concluded that the organic milk is also rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene.
You should know that the organic milk is treated at very high temperatures in order to increase the storage capability.
This type of milk must keep for long because it is not produced on the entire territory of a country, so it must survive the storage and the transport.
Because of the fact that the cows are not treated with antibiotics or hormones, and the main fodder consists in organic grass, the milk does not carry any chemicals. However…the market is facing a saturation of conventional milk sold for a lower price than the organic one and that price is directly responsible for the low impact it has on the market.
The cause behind this is none other than a high economical tendency of making harder the introduction of organics as high rated products. The mass production of milk is mainly covering the mass production suppliers. The mass suppliers are those farm chains able to deliver a high quantity of milk for a very low price.
The low price is a direct result of treating the cows with antibiotics, using genetically modified fodder and most of all the accelerated growth of the life stock.
The organic milk is influenced by the time allocated for grazing, the quality of the pasture which also has to be organic and of course the natural growth course of the life stock which takes longer.
All the above require investment, time and patience but also a lot of certifications which increase the cost of the end products which are milk and derivatives.
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