|Posted March 12,
2004, rganic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo):
Organic milk contains two-thirds more Omega 3 essential
fatty acids than ordinary milk, according to new research
released by the Institute of Grassland and Environmental
Research (IGER) in the UK.
The research, led by Dr Richard Dewhurst found that
samples of milk from organic cows contained at least
64% more Omega 3 than conventional milk. Dr Dewhurst
said: "Our previous research has shown that milk
from cows fed clover can contain up to 240% more Omega-3
fatty acids than milk from cows fed grass and concentrates.
Organic dairy farmers feed much higher levels of clover
because they use it as an alternative to using synthetic
chemical fertilizers to ensure lush pastures."
Sally Bagenal, Chief Executive of OMSCo, the UK's leading
co-op of British organic dairy farmers, is now inviting
the Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Sir John
Krebs, to alter previous statements that there is no
proof of the health benefits for organic food and drink.
"We are inviting the FSA to start recommending
organic milk as part of a healthy diet," she said.
Nutritionist and State Registered Dietitian, Sian Porter
added: "Drinking just half a pint a day of organic
milk as part of a healthy balanced diet gives a useful
additional source of this Omega 3 fatty acid, as it
provides approximately 10% of the recommended daily
intake (RDI) of essential n-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic
acid. Eating a matchbox sized piece of organic cheese
will give you up to 88% of your RDI of this Omega 3