Recent Study Addresses Benefits of Organic Foods

We, at Horizon Organic, believe that by choosing organic food and beverages, we are making the best choices for our families.

A recent report from the American Academic of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that choosing organic produce—even for just five days—can significantly lower traces of pesticides in children’s bloodstreams. And, by purchasing organic meat, families can reduce their exposure to drug-resistant bacteria. While the recent study points out many clear benefits of organics for growing children, especially from meat and produce, the researchers also question whether organic milk in particular is worth the cost. We, at Horizon Organic, are sure that it is.

The AAP report found that low-input farming styles, like organic farming, can produce milk with higher concentrations of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Other recent research [Kummeling et al 2007] suggests that organic milk, which is produced without the use of added growth hormones and comes from cows not treated with antibiotics, may offer benefits for children in particular. A recent study [Palupi E et al. 2012] indicated that organic milk can contain higher levels of nutrients such as protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other fatty acids.

Many consumers choose organic milk for their families because it’s produced without antibiotics, without added growth hormones, without pesticides, without GMOs, and from cows that spend at least 120 days per year grazing on pasture.

In addition to the above benefits of organic milk, organic farming also has proven environmental advantages. This includes farming without the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and other pollutants, while encouraging sustainable farming practices that contribute to the health of the land. In fact, Horizon Organic’s farming processes were responsible for removing 20 million pounds of synthetic pesticides from the environment in 2011 alone.

At Horizon Organic, we take great pride in providing consumers with a variety of organic dairy products that are good for people and the planet. As always, we encourage you to check out our website to learn more about our approach to organic farming and our products.

References:

Kummeling I, Thijs C, Huber M. et al. Consumption of organic foods and risk of atopic disease during the first 2 years of life in the Netherlands. Br J Nutr. 2008 Mar;99(3):598-605. Epub 2007 Aug 29.

Palupi E, Jayanegara A, Ploeger A, Kahl J. Comparison of nutritional quality between conventional and organic dairy products: a meta-analysis. J Sci Food Agric. 2012.