Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The dilemma of milk

Lately I've been thinking more and more about our milk consumption. My boys down 4-5 gallons of milk a week, and more if I would let them. We love it around here. It's almost like liquid gold. So, here enters the dilemma that every mama comes to face.

Dun dun duhhhh....Organic milk vs. store-bought conventional milk. 

Yes, we all know organic milk is healthier and way better for you. But here are my questions/concerns: is conventional milk all THAT bad? Are we pumping our kids full of horrible, unhealthy hormones by drinking this stuff? And what about local milk? I have so many questions about this. Can I get some, and if so, where? Is it better than conventional, but maybe not as good as organic? I would honestly love to try this option. I think supporting local farmers is absolutely fabulous.

And here is my biggest question of all: Can we drink organic milk on a budget? Folks, we're on a tight grocery budget, and spending $30 a week on milk alone sounds really, really difficult. In fact, we are on a tight budget all around. We don't eat out, almost ever, and we don't spend a lot of 'extra' money. But can I trim the grocery budget somewhere else to be able to make room for the organic milk? These are all the questions that are running through my head.

The research I've been reading says it's good to fork over the extra dough to get organic on the things you consume most in dairy, grains and vegetables. But what happens when your budget is already stretched to the degree it can be stretched?

These are all things I'm considering. So, with all these unknowns present and questions flying around in my head, what will I do? I want to make the best decisions for my family, based on health and budget. One thing I do know is I'm going to reevaluate our grocery budget and see if I can sacrifice to have fewer ingredient meals so that I can make more room for the milk. Or if we're really ok just drinking conventional milk. That is something I am going to have to pray about and figure out!

What about you? What are your feelings about milk, organic or otherwise?

And to end, this has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I thought you could use a cute face to brighten up your day! I know it brightens mine.

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