Groundbreaking research proves the benefits of buying organic milk throughout the year
A new report from scientists at Newcastle University shows that organic milk is higher in beneficial nutrients and fatty acids throughout the year.
The research not only shows why there is a difference in the nutritional quality of organic and non-organic milk, but also identifies the importance of feeding at least 60% grass or conserved grass to organic cows, as required by organic standards.
The importance of allowing cattle to graze outdoors and to eat a natural diet high in grass, is emphasised in the report. This means organic cows do not depend on high levels of grain and proteins such as soya, says the Soil Association, which has welcomed the report.
“This ground-breaking research proves for the first time that people buying organic milk will benefit from the higher levels of beneficial fatty acids in organic milk throughout the whole year,” said Emma Hockridge, Soil Association head of policy. “It shows the clear link between healthy soil, healthy animals and healthy people and is another warning flag against the proposed 3,770 cow, mega dairy at Nocton in Lincolnshire.”
Organic milk is the most researched organic product with significant findings in favour. Because organic cows eat more grass and less unnatural feed like maize and soya, organic milk and dairy products contain more beneficial nutrients than non-organic.
Organic dairy products have also been found to have positive effects on human health. Dutch government funded research found mothers who eat organic dairy products and drink organic milk have more beneficial nutrients in their breast milk. And organic mum’s children suffer more than a third less eczema up to their second birthday than children of non-organic mums.
In total, six studies have now found that organic milk has more fat-soluble nutrients (omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin E and beta-carotene) than non-organic milk, as well as a healthier omega 3:6 ratio. The most scientifically robust study is by Glasgow and Liverpool Universities, which found that UK whole organic milk has on average 68% higher levels of the essential fatty acid omega-3 and a healthier omega-3:6 profile than