In the US, there’s organic and whatever we want to call the non-organic version. It’s a bit disingenuous to call it “traditional” since the current factory-farming methods only date back to the 1970s. “Traditional” makes it sound more normal, but in reality, factory-farming is an aberration from thousands of years of organic farming when nearly everything that animals ate, particularly cows, came from the land around them.
DEMETER AND BIOLAND CERTIFIED FARMING ARE STEPS ABOVE SIMPLY ORGANIC
Both are very strict about the use of chemicals, the rotation of crops, and the treatment of animals.
- Demeter farming has somewhat stricter animal welfare standards. For example, cow horns can’t be removed by Demeter farmers. This might actually impact the taste of the milk.
- Demeter milk farmers can only use feed from other Demeter farms. There are never any added chemicals or antibiotics.
- No chemical fertilizers can be used on a Demeter farm. Bioland farming allows small quantities of nitrogen/copper fertilizers.
Both certifications, Demeter and Bioland, are hard to get. It can take years to convert a farm from a pesticide and additive-based farming practice to these very high standards.
Animals are required to have a certain amount of space. The land can’t have a lot of fertilizers and no pesticides. All food production and animal feed must be 100% organic. No animal by-products can be used as feed. No GMO seeds can be used for food production.
WHILE DEMETER STANDARDS ARE INCREMENTALLY HIGHER, BY AMERICAN STANDARDS, EITHER OF THESE CERTIFICATIONS IS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF “ORGANIC” CERTIFICATION FOR MOST AMERICAN FARMS.
When looked at in the context of baby formula, a farm with fewer animals that are treated better, non-GMO, and no chemicals is a much better way to start a baby’s life than a can full of chemicals.
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