Study Found Little Nutritional Difference Between Conventional and Organic Milk

Researchers at Cornell University reported no meaningful nutritional differences between conventionally produced milk with no specialty labeling, milk labeled rbST-free and milk labeled organic in a recent Journal of Dairy Science-published study (Volume 93, Issue 5, Pages 1918-1925 (May 2010)). They all milks were similar in nutritional quality and wholesomeness.

They pursued this research because of concern that consumers may be misinterpreting organic and rbST-free labelled milks – which are an increasingly common sight in grocery stores.

“Consumers have little knowledge of the how milk is produced, and the information search for most Americans rarely extends beyond package labelling and retail marketing,” stated the scientists.

“Of particular concern is that some consumers may perceive that this type of specialty labelling indicates differences in the quality, nutritional value, or safety of dairy foods.”