Yes, all men are created equal (and we think all cows are created equal as well). Milk, on the other hand, well, not all milk is created equal. In the U.S.A. today, the milk we buy generally falls into three broad categories: Conventional milk, organic milk and natural milk. While raw milk is legal in some areas, the FDA does not wildly allow the sale of raw milk, so we’ll save that discussion for another post.

Conventional milk is the typical homogenized, pasteurized milk that comes from cows raised with different hormones. Conventional milk is what most Americans are used to drinking; it’s the most highly consumed in our country.

Next on the list is organic milk. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and meeting certain standards you can find by clicking here.

Finally, we have natural milk. In general terms, natural milk doesn’t follow the same stringent set of standards that organic milk does. For instance, cows that produce natural milk are allowed to have antibiotics administered to them should they fall ill. Yes, the cows must not produce milk during the time (and the time immediately following) their antibiotic regimen, but they are allowed to return to their milking duties once cared for.