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what is the difference between Organic and Hormone Free? Want to buy some milk and one says Organic other says Hormone Free...

asked by @pamcakes101 over 5 years ago
5 answers 5964 views
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hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added over 5 years ago

Hormone free means they didn't give the cows any rBST (bovine growth hormone.) Organic means the cows were only fed organic feed and were not given any hormones or antibiotics.

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added over 5 years ago

With organic you not only get as hardlikearmour suggests, but you also know that there are humane issues involved. Organic will not allow tail docking and require bedding for the parlour stalls, and must have pasture access. Hormone only claims (without organic claims) will use antibiotics, probably tail dock and may not have any bedding and may never see pasture. The conventional dairy business has more animal welfare abuse issues than the livestock industry. . . . so why is no one making noise about it?

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SKK
added over 5 years ago

Everything hardlikearmour and usuba dashi say and plus the taste of organic is superior in my experience.

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added over 5 years ago

My understanding is that the Organic label speaks only to what the animal has been fed and that there have been no antibiotics or hormones administered, as hardlikearmour says, but that it does not speak to any humane pasturing issues.

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added over 5 years ago

Ther are pasture access requirements that stem from the aurora dairy incident.