Organic milk vs. non-rBST milk?
what is the difference between organic milk and milk without rBST in it?
- LalaLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sorry, I think you should know, wood586 is slightly wrong. I did my undergraduate research paper on rbst and milk.
rBST is a synthetic version of the cow's own growth hormone (BST). It does not change their metabolism and make them eat more. It works by increasing the levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (called IGF-1, and it's unrelated in function to insulin). This IGF-1 creates an environment within the cow suited to cell growth, which in turn makes them grow larger.
In dairy cows, this means the mammory glands will produce more milk with the same amount of feed they were originally getting. rBST is NOT passed on in the milk in any higher quantity than is normal for milk, and it is denatured during pasteurization anyways. The problem lies in the IGF-1. Humans and cows have the EXACT same IGF-1, which means the human endocrine system cannot distinguish the difference between human IGF-1 and cow IGF-1. This means that the IGF-1 that makes it into your digestive tract (which is entirely possible and very common when in the presence of the milk protein casein) will be picked up by the bloodstream and utilized by your body.
Will this make you grow? No. There is probably not enough IGF-1 to make much of a difference in an average, healthy adult. However, people who are at high-risk for cancer of the breast, colon, or prostate, already have elevated levels of IGF-1 in their systems. Since IGF-1 causes cellular growth, in a cancer victim their body cannot keep this growth at bay and it will continue and continue. Those who are at risk for those cancers and drink regular milk, yes even organic milk, are increasing their risk for cancer because all milk has IGF-1. Thats why it is recommended that they abstain from any dairy products.
So, rBST is fairly harmless to the average human, but in a high-risk person that subtle increase in IGF-1 caused by the rBST could be the bit that tips them over the edge into cancer.
Organic milk is not made with rBST or any other synthetic antibiotic or hormone. This seasons more favorably for the cow than the actual consumer.
It is unlikely that rBST would do much to a person, but cows treated with rBST have a 20% increase in milk yeild accompanied by a 20% higher rate of utter infections, lesions, and illness. This means they are fed antibiotics in increasing doses. These antibiotics, as well as the bacterias themselves CAN be passed into milk, and the heavy doses also breed conditions for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Standard milk is pasteurized at 140 degrees, but strep bacteria is killed at 190. Sure, there are dairy plants that pasteurize at 200, but they are few and far between, plus that information is not readily available to the public.
All milk contains the strep. bacteria, even organic milk. Its just somethinig that is naturally in milk. When the milk is pasteurized at 190 or above for at least 3 minutes, the risk of you contracting the strep. bacteria is almost nil. But we wonder why almost every child gets strep throat and the dairy industry pushes 3 servings a day on parents.
So, if you are a big milk drinker, organic is certainly better. Not perfect, but better.
I never drank milk and I have never had strep. Even when my classmates had strep I never got it. Possibly a coincidence, but who knows.
- NancyLv 45 years ago
If you're breastfeeding, there's no reason to switch to cow's milk unless you just can't stand BFing or need to stop for some reason. My boy is 1 y/o, and it just doesn't make sense to me to switch from human milk to cow's milk since he's not a cow. But, that said, to each their own, and some people are freaked out by nursing an older baby. My guess is, if we all knew what chemicals, pesticides and hormones are really injected into regular factory-farm milk, our stomachs would churn, and we'd all at least consider going vegan. I don't know about the high-temp pasteurizing of organic milk, but it must be better than regular milk, because that **** is scaaaaary!!
- 6 years ago
I'll leave all the science stuff to the self-proclaimed experts on here, or you could just look it up on Wikipedia. Milk is the only product I buy organic. Most of the time, in my opinion, the only difference between organic and non-organic products is the price. As far as milk is concerned though, organic is worth the higher price because it tastes significantly better, creamier, richer and far more flavorful. Some non-rbst milk can taste alright, but many non-rbst, non-organic milks have a plastic-like taste. But to answer your question, strictly from a quality perspective, milk from cows treated with rbst tastes like crap.
- How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- 1 decade ago
the difference between the 2 is very simple. organic milk comes from cows that are required to be out on pasture during their life time. they have to eat feed that has no commercial fertilizer or any pesticide. everything they have to use has to be from the ground. no synthetics. rbst milk- is milk that comes from the same kind of cows.however the difference is that the feed they eat can be sprayed with a pesticide or the farm can use a synthetic fertilizer the cow may or may not go out to pasture. and if the cow gets sick the use of antibiotics to help treat the cow is allowed. thus cows on a non organic farm are usually healthier. it really isn't that much diff rent than organic milk. the truth is that milk with rBST isn't even that much diffrent from the rest. the rBST is a hormone that is given to the cow to help speed up the metabolism. thus making the cow eat more and thus making them produce more milk it can average any where from 5 to 10 lbs more milk a day( half to a whole gallon) and the part that no one tells is that the cow produce this BST hormone themselves and the liver and other vital organs will filter this and the antibiotics out of the blood before it even makes it to the udder where the milk is made.... i hope this helps. i would love to argue with any one who thinks this is different because i happen to be a dairy farmer with non r BST milk producing cows..
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Non-rBST milk is just that, milk raised without the artificial use of the hormone rBST. The cows are otherwise raised conventionally.
Organic milk comes from cows that aren't treated with rBST or other hormones or antibiotics and also are fed grass and grain grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Currently, the "organic" label says very little about the cows' actual quality of life - Horizon is notorious for projecting an image of happy cows spending their lives in fresh air and green pastures, when they actually keep their cows locked up inside like many large conventional operations. If you really want milk from cows that live their lives on grass, look for the "grass-fed" label.
The Cornucopia Institute offers ratings for a number of organic dairies and brands based on concerns like humane treatment of the cows: http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
- Anonymous5 years ago
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/av13w
Soy milk has more nutrients than non organic milk. Also, it has less fat than 3 -1 %. If you're not a fan of the original soy milk, try chocolate soy milk. I drink it all the time, and i prefer it to non organic chocolate milk.
- 5 years ago
There are studies out that show 9 out of 10 children who's diet consisted solely of milk containing rBST were confused as to which restroom to go pee in. The ones who drank real milk were normal and went pee in the restroom according to their genitalia.
- 1 decade ago
non r bst milk just states that the farmers do not use a product that increases the milk production in the cows. Organic milk states that they don't use this product and states that the cows feed off of pastures that do not use pesticides.
for more info: