“Natural” is actually a non-description description when it comes to labels. It doesn’t mean anything because the FDA does not define it. So what IS in that tub of yogurt? Well, the ingredients are on the back, but there are also things the label doesn’t tell you that are important. Does that tub of yogurt contain any genetically modified ingredients? How much pesticide residue is inside that tub of yogurt? These are the type of questions I want answered before I determine which dairy products to give to my children.
When it comes to dairy, it’s all about what the cows ate. An important question would be was the feed the cows ate genetically modified? The vast majority of conventional feed is genetically modified (GMOs), so that means the vast majority of dairy products are genetically modified. And then when I see that tub of “all natural” yogurt at the grocery store, it takes on a different meaning.
“Natural” isn’t a description, it’s a marketing term.
So what does organic mean in terms of dairy?
- Cows must be allowed to graze on pastures that are not sprayed with synthetic pesticides or herbicides
- Cows must be fed organic feed, i.e. feed NOT containing GMOs or have been sprayed with synthetic pesticides or herbicides
- Cows CANNOT be given routine treatments of antibiotics or growth hormones, etc.
- Cows must be raised in humane conditions promoting health and less stress
The more I learn about conventional dairy, the happier I am feeding my family organic milk…
I’m certainly hoping more people become aware of what is inside conventional dairy so they can avoid it like we do. Because once you learn about how it’s produced, you may not want to feed it to your family any longer.
Join us for a twitter party with GMOInside about the differences between conventional and organic dairy
When: Wednesday, August 14th
Time: 9-10:30pm EST (6-7:30pm PST)
- Stonyfield gift baskets w/ the following: $50 Whole Foods Gift card, Stonyfield cookbook, travel cup with lid for yogurt, Chico bag, Stonyfield stainless steel water bottle, & $20 worth of mixed free Stonyfield coupons. (10 winners)
- GMO Insider Kits including the following: 1 Tshirt, 3 pins, and 10 sheets of labels (3 winners)
- Book: The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien Robyn O’Brien also worked for the food industry as an analyst for several years and exposes some “unhealthy truths” in her book. (3 winners)
- Maple Hill Creamery t-shirts with “Made From Organic Milk 100% Grass-Fed Cows” logo (3 winners)
- Unacceptable Levels gift basket w/ the following: non-toxic products vetted by Unacceptable Levels and the Unacceptable Levels DVD. (1 winner)
How to Enter Giveaways: Giveaways are open to US residents only. To RSVP please share this post on two social media platforms of your choice like Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Then during the party we will be randomly giving away prizes based on hashtag usage. So that means, the more you tweet, the more likely you are to win.
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