Practically Green: A Guide to Well-Priced All-Natural Meat and Dairy

by Ivory Soap on 08/12/2011

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Organic meats are pricey. I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money every day. Can you?

But I have been persuaded recently that hormone-free, artificial-preservative-free animal products are important for my family’s health. So I’ve gone on a hunt looking for sources that fit in my budget.

Milk: Aldi’s Friendly Farms brand milk is hormone-free and reasonably priced at about $2.30 a gallon. I buy it.

True organic milk also ensures no pesticide residue or antibiotics, but for our family, that doesn’t justify the higher price. And when I treat us to some fancy-pants milk, I’d much rather get the straight-from-the-farm milk available at farmers markets.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Adica August 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

It’s funny because I’ve never actually seen any dairy that does have hormones in it. Every one I’ve seen has always said hormone free. Or is there more than one hormone to look out for?

Marthalynn August 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

Oh, great tip! I’ll definitely check out Aldi’s milk.
I agree with you, Adica. I was been buying Organic Whole Milk for my son at $6 a gallon, but when the regular store-brand stuff went on sale for $3 I couldn’t pass it up. On the label it said they never use rBGH – so is that good enough? Are there other things in that milk that are harmful?
I have a local organic farmer that sells his raw milk for $7 gallon, which is a great price compared to the pasteurized stuff at the store. Still, that’s kind of pricey if I can get something “good enough” at Aldi for $2.30!

heather August 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

Aldi milk may be hormone free, but it still comes from factory farms where cows are fed an unnatural diet of grain and pumped full of antibiotics. Not to mention the environmental impact these farms have. I have never understood the argument that a family couldn’t justify the price of quality milk, are your children not worth a few extra dollars a week? Cut something else out of your budget, surely you can find $4?

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