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What is organically farmed milk?

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Organic farming avoids the use of commercial fertilisers, pesticides, feed additives and other chemicals. Organic milk does not differ much from standard milk, but may be lacking in iodine. Most of the nutritional differences are small and relate to the specific pasture grazing of organically reared cows.

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Organic farming avoids the use of soluble fertilisers, pesticides, feed additives and other chemicals. Most of the nutritional differences are small and relate to the specific pasture grazing of organically reared cows.

Milk labelled as organic usually contains higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, although the absolute amount is still quite low. Opting for organically produced milk may have little effect in the context of an individual’s overall diet. Organic milk also contains about a third less iodine than milk produced through conventional farming systems. Iodine contributes to cognitive function and is therefore particularly important for pregnant women. The availability of organically produced milk is still limited in South Africa.

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