Organic Cheese: 8 Reasons It's Better
As you’ve seen in grocery stores, there are often organic alternatives to your favourite foods, and they’re almost always more expensive.
Many times, there isn’t a meaningful enough difference between an organic and non-organic product to justify the price. Organic has turned into a marketing ploy to charge more, and not worth the extra expense.
In the case of cheese products however, it absolutely is.
What does Organic mean?
Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic food is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods. Being certified organic lets consumers know that every step along the supply chain has protected and maintained the organic integrity that begins on the farm.
The certification system is governed by organic standards and regulations, and applies to both domestic and imported products.
Canada’s organic standards are among the most recognized in the world, and place strict limits and prohibitions on the use of toxic and persistent pesticides; synthetic fertilizers; the routine use of drugs, antibiotics or synthetic hormones; animal cloning; genetic engineering (“GMOs”); sewage sludge (“biosolids”); and irradiation.
Organic standards also forbid the use of artificial food colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives and many other processing aids and ingredients in processed foods.
As an example, in order to be accredited as organic in Canada, farmers will:
- Rotate their crops to balance nutrients in the soil, as well as discourage pests;
- Compost and use ”green” manures to add nitrogen and organic matter to the soil, keep weeds down and prevent drought and soil erosion;
- Use beneficial insects or mechanical and manual methods to control pests and weeds
- Ensure their animals have access to the outdoors: fresh air, sun and access to pasture
Organic farming methods promote climate-friendly food production. They’re less dependent on fossil-fuel-based fertilizers and pesticides and build resilience in the face of climatic extremes.
Organic farming also stores higher levels of carbon in the soil, promotes wildlife diversity, reduces pest outbreaks, protects soil from erosion, helps prevent contamination of water, and uses far less energy than conventional farming methods.
Why Is Organic Dairy Better?
Knowing these great things about organic food, how does it apply specifically to organic cheeses, like Proteina?
- Better ingredients. Milk used to make organic cheese comes from organic farms where the cows eat only organically grown pasture grasses and top-quality organic cereals and grains.
- No added chemicals to the cows. Cows are not subjected to growth hormones or antibiotics and their natural rhythms are respected
- The enzymes used to curdle milk into cheese (“rennet”), are not genetically engineered or animal-derived. Organic cheese uses naturally occurring ones instead.
- Organic cheese is free from artificial colouring and flavouring
- Minimal exposure to toxins and pesticides. If you’re not concerned about pesticides in your food, consider this study on nearly 3,000 children with autism, which found that exposure to certain pesticides increased the risk of intellectual disability by 50%.
- Animal treatment. Cows are not forced to produce beyond their natural capacities. they have a good quality of life so that they can live long, healthy lives
- Tastes better. Organic cheeses made from unpasteurized milk must ripen for at least 60 days under strictly regulated conditions, in order to comply with Canadian Food Inspection Agency standards. Cheeses like these are highly sought after by connoisseurs, as the ripening process promotes the development of particularly interesting, specific, organoleptic properties. This produces a top-quality cheese with a unique flavour.
- More nutritious. Organic cheese has higher nutritional value, including:
- More Linoleic acid (LA). LA has a significant positive effect on diabetes, heart disease, fat, and breast cancer
- More Antioxidants – Research has also shown that organic milk is up to 50% higher in vitamin E, 75% higher in beta-carotene and two to three times higher in antioxidants like lutein. These organic substances fight damaging free radicals and may aid in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
- More Omega-3s – Studies have confirmed that organic milk naturally contains more Omega-3 fatty acid than non-organic milk (even up to 71% more). Omega-3s are essential for maintaining a healthy heart, flexible joints, and strong bones and teeth.
As you can see, whether you’re reasons are the environment, animal treatment, or health-related, organic is far superior as it relates to cheese.