A new report which shows that organic milk is higher in beneficial nutrients and fatty acids has been launched by scientists at Newcastle University. It comes in a long line of research proving the benefits of buying organic milk.

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The paper not only shows why there is a difference in the nutritional quality of organic and non-organic milk, but also identifies the importance of feeding at least 60% grass or conserved grass to organic cows, as required by organic standards.

The research emphasises the huge importance of allowing cattle to graze outdoors and to eat a natural diet high in grass. This means organic cows do not depend on high levels of grain and proteins such as soya.

Emma Hockridge, Soil Association head of policy who are in support of the report, comments: “This ground-breaking research proves for the first time that people buying organic milk will benefit from the higher levels of beneficial fatty acids in organic milk throughout the whole year. It shows the clear link between healthy soil, healthy animals and healthy people and is another warning flag against the proposed 3,770 cow, mega dairy at Nocton in Lincolnshire.”

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