After sharing Monsanto + Milk + Fox News last week, I was amazed how many of you shared your own stories of why you had already switched to organic dairy. Additionally, many of you chimed in to indicate organic milk was on your shopping list now.
Two stories really struck me and I wanted to share with you pieces of them here. I can’t place the emotion that is struck in me when I read these stories. It’s a mix of anger, sadness, injustice and frustration.
“We switched to organic milk after my friend told me that her 12 year old son developed one breast! They thought it was chicken, but he doesn’t each chicken. He ate a Carnation Instant Breakfast every morning and would consume tons of milk throughout the day. The figured out that it was the MILK that was causing the breast tissue to develop.”
“A friend takes her kids to a daycare on the east coast with another parent that is a CEO of a large company that works hand in hand with the FDA. In other words, this company and the FDA are not enemies but work together. Somehow a conversation between the two of them arose regarding her knowledge of the FDAs inner workings. As someone that is paid to be friendly to the FDA and works with them, this lady says not to believe most things the FDA puts out. She claimed it’s all about money. She doesn’t allow her kids to eat a lot of things the FDA claims are ‘safe’.”
Although I am fully aware this is happening, it still shocks and saddens me when I learn more.
Becasue I know there is a bit of bug-eyed sticker shock when you first look at organic dairy prices, let me share the process we went through.
Organic Dairy Shopping Tips:
1. Start with milk. I understand that $5.99/gallon is probably quite a bit more than what you are paying now, but it’s worth it. Rewatch the Monsanto milk story if you need a reminder or I encourage you to do a little more of your own research into growth hormones in milk. I suspect the amount of milk you drink will start to decrease when you make this switch, as well. It did for us.
2. Switch to organic cheese. Shredded, string, block, cottage, etc. If you have green plastic “parmesean” contrainers in your fridge, toss them. Look at the ingredient list. It’s not even cheese!
3. Switch to organic butter and sour cream. A different option for organic butter is Kerrygold. (Costco carries this locally.) Kerrygold comes from grass-fed cows, is imported from Ireland (no use of rBGH) and is affordable.
4. Eliminate “processed” ice cream and ‘treats” laced with rBGH. (Don’t gasp… baby steps, people!) Switch to organic dairy treats or switch to dairy-free items. My favorite? Newman’s Own Organic Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups. I seriously can’t get enough of these. It’s bordering on problematic!
Please note: Several years ago the FDA “allowed” companies to label their dairy rBGH-free (isn’t that nice of them?), as long as they also included a statement indicating the FDA finds no difference between milk from animals treated with rBGH and those not treated with the hormone. So, while you likely will see that label on organic or rBGH-free dairy, know it is required by law to be there. It’s not that the company actually believes that little line, it’s just our trusty FDA hard at work for you, the consumer (or big business?), once again.
Please keep your stories coming on the changes you are making to become healthier. We’re all in this together!