Cheese is the ultimate snack for your family. Full of calcium and healthy fats, it’s convenient to pack in a lunch box or top a sandwich. But when you’re shopping for cheese for your family, there are a lot of choices: grass fed, organic and conventional. We tend to think that an organic product is better than conventional cheese, but is grass fed dairy cheese worth the additional cost? We think so. Here are the the top 10 reasons that organic cheese mad with grass fed dairy is a better choice for your family

1. No GMOs or Synthetic Pesticides and Herbicides Used in Organic Cow Feed or Pastures.

We’ve written before about the dangers of the glyphosate found in these products, as well as the potential dangers of GMOs. Grass fed and USDA Organic cows are not exposed to these toxins, so you can feel safer feeding organic cheese to your family.

2. No Growth Hormones (rBGH) Used on Organic Cows.

Those conventional dairy cows are usually given rBGH, a growth hormone that increases milk production. However, it also causes problems in the cows, including mastitis. According to Robyn O’Brien writing at, this condition is a painful infection that “causes cows to pump out bacteria and pus, along with milk.” Not only that, but rBGH produces a chemical that has been linked to breast cancer. Several states have passed bills preventing conventional milk farms that do not use rBGH from putting that on the label – meaning you have no way to know if it’s in your milk unless you buy organic. And how is mastitis treated? With antibiotics, of course.

3. No Antibiotics Used on Organic Cows.

Conventional dairy cows raised in large-scale farming operations are treated with antibiotics for both disease prevention and for promoting growth, rather than just for treating illness. A study published by the Stanford University School of Medicine in October, 2014 shows that this increased antibiotic usage may actually be spreading Salmonella bacteria among cows and livestock. The USDA Organic label guarantees that antibiotics cannot be used on an animal. If a cow does get sick, they can be treated with antibiotics but then must be removed from organic production.

4. Grain Fed Cows Are More Susceptible to E. Coli Outbreaks.

A cow’s system was not developed to digest grains, but grasses. Organic Consumers Association writer Jo Robinson explains that when cows eat grains instead of grass, their stomachs become more acidic and acid resistant bacteria begin to grow. In other words, it throws their gut out of balance making them vulnerable to E. coli food poisoning, which can get passed to human milk drinkers.

5. Less Frequency of Contagious Illnesses Among Grass Fed Dairy Cows.

When free-range dairy cows are farmed without antibiotics and rBGH and provided a high standard of animal welfare, that your milk is much safer from the dangers of Salmonella and other contaminants with risk factors for cancer and other illnesses.