Yesterday, the USDA released new, stricter standards for organic dairy. The rules clarify that organic dairies must be pasture-based (the old rules were rather lax in that regard, merely requiring "access to pasture" that could be interpreted in any number of ways.)
One way we can tell that these rules are heading in the right direction is that Aurora, the mammoth company behind the private label "organic" milk brands sold by Wal-Mart, Safeway, Giant, and Costco, argued forcefully against them...
For more information, you can read the full USDA press release or this recent Grist article on the controversy surrounding the new regulations prior to their release.
For now, I'd still go with the suggestions I outlined in my post on how to choose the best milk.
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