Traders Point Creamery rates a perfect FIVE COWS!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Study finds organic milk contains better nutrients
By Shari Rudavsky
A recent study bolsters the argument that the text beneath the white mustache on the well-known ads should be amended to read, “Got organic milk?”
Natural-food aficionados, organic dairy farmers and some nutritionists have long argued that organic milk is healthier than its conventional counterpart because it does not contain substances such as antibiotics.
Now, there’s an increasing body of evidence to show that organic milk contains some beneficial substances that other milk lacks.
A recent study by a researcher at Newcastle University (United Kingdom) sheds light on what’s so special about organic milk. Cows that graze on real grass and clover produce milk that contains more antioxidants, vitamins and the good-for-you fatty acids.
The study found that the milk of these cows was particularly nutrient-rich in the summer, when they had the greatest access to fresh grass. During this season, the milk contained 60 percent more of the fatty acid CLA.
This finding did not surprise Mark Kastel, co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based watchdog for the organic industry.
Such thinking has helped draw more consumers to organic milk and through this to more organic products in general, he says.
“The first part is about protecting your health and your family’s health by avoiding chemicals that are known to be deleterious,” Kastel says.
“There’s also a growing body of scientific literature that indicates organic food is healthier for you.”
Research shows that organic milk has lower levels of pesticides and fungicides, many of which can be considered to be carcinogens.
Other chemicals found in conventional milk are suspected of triggering developmental problems by mimicking hormones, Kastel says.
So, many households are turning to organic milk.
From 2004 to 2005, sales of organic milk increased by 25 percent, surpassing $1 billion, according to a May 2007 report from the USDA’s economic research service. Overall sales of milk remained constant.
But not all organic milk is created equal, the Cornucopia Institute has found. The institute has produced an organic dairy scorecard (using cow icons) to rate organic brands on just how organic they truly are.
Zionsville’s Traders Point Creamery, the only Indiana-based one on the list, rates a perfect five cows.
The institute plans to update the scorecard, available at www, in the coming month.

About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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