Why Organic Milk Should Be Part of Your Self Sufficient Life

By on June 30, 2013

Milk from organically raised animals (goats or cows) is a great addition to your lifestyle. Organic milk lasts longer and is great for you and here is why organic milk should be part of your self sufficient life.

What Does Organic Milk Mean?

So what is organic milk and why would I spend my hard earned money on it? Organic milk is milk that is harvested from cows (or goats) that have been raised organically. In order for a cow to be considered “raised organic” it must be:

  • Given no hormones, such as rBGH (recombinant Growth Hormone) or rBST (recombinant Bovine Somatotropin) rBGH makes the animal grow at a faster rate and the rBST makes them increase production.
  • Antibiotics are regulated
  • They have been fed organic feed, this means that the food they are fed is not exposed to pesticides.
  • The cattle must have access to pasture for most, if not all year around, no indoor feedlots. No crowding.
  • Organic bedding must be used, cows will eat their bedding thus the need for organic.

Potential Reasons to Prefer Organic

Many of the large farms expose their livestock to the things mentioned above. The reason for this is to prevent illness, but unfortunately the residue from the antibiotics and hormones may show up in the milk the animals produce. Animals may also be fed rBGH and rBST to speed up the maturation process. Speeding up this process is known to cause illness in these animals – for example mastitis in cows. Many countries have banned the use of these growth hormone because of potential increased risk of cancer. Countries that have banned growth hormon include Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the European Union.

Environmental reasons should also be considered. The reduction of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones is of overall benefit, ensuring less of these are in our environment. Also animals raised organically must have access to pasture and not be restricted to feedlots – this goes to ensuring that these animals have a more comfortable and less stressful life.

Organic Milk Also Has A Longer Shelf Life

One advantage of organic milk that really stands out is shelf life. The shelf life of organic milk is quite amazing. When you purchase regular milk at the store, it may last up to about two weeks (or less, depending on how long it has been on the self). Organic milk can last almost two months. The reason for this is in the pasteurization process. Regular milk is pasteurized at a temperature of 165 degrees F, whereas most organic milk is pasteurized at 280 degrees F. This gives it a longer shelf life, which can save you money in the long run.

The Benefits of Organic Milk Increase Costs

It is more expensive to raise and keep livestock that are organic. In order to be considered organic, the animals must have organic bedding, organic feed and access to pasture areas that are free from pesticides. It also takes extra time and labor to grow or access the organic feed and bedding.

Also, in order to be considered an Organic Farm, one must comply with the rules and regulations stipulated to be certified as organic. This also adds to the costs an organic certified farm incurs. Once the farm is considered organic, the regulators inspect the farm on a regular basis to make sure the farm remains compliant.

Many people have started down the path to organic foods. If you are one that has a problem using milk before it expires you might want to check out the shelf life of organic milk, you may find that it saves you money in the long run.

Happy self sufficiency!

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