One of my vices is coffee. For years my drink at Starbucks has been a tall, non-fat, no whip mocha. However, one day I realized my behavior was inconsistent. I drink organic milk at home, but Starbucks does not stock organic milk for their lattes (however, their milk is rBGH free.) One day I asked if they had organic soymilk . . . and low and behold they do. In fact, if you order soymilk, you will get organic soy. Good to know.
I much prefer organic soymilk (as opposed to plain ol’ soymilk) for the following reasons: Not only are pesticides not used to grow organic soybeans, but organic, by definition, means the product is free of genetically modified organisms. Terribly, approximately 89% of the soybean crop in the United States is Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready variety. Monsanto RoundUp Ready soybeans have bacterial DNA inserted into the DNA of the soybean. This makes the soybean resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide, RoundUp. Therefore, the herbicide can be dumped all over the land, killing every plant in its path, except for the soybean.
I choose organic milk for similar reasons. Organic dairy cattle are not fed routine antibiotics or artificial hormones. Organic milk also means the cows feed on organic pasture or organic feed. This, in turn, means the land that supports the cow (grows her food) must be organic too. This adds demand for clean, organic (pesticide-free and chemical fertilizer-free) agricultural land. Very good! Organic dairy cattle must also have access to open air. I’m not sure what the definition of “open air” is, but I’m hoping organic dairy cattle have a bit better life than they would have as factory cattle . . . .