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Linnea, 3rd Generation Illinois Dairy Farmer
Myth: Pesticides are used recklessly and end up in milk.

Fact: Pesticides are not a health concern for dairy products. Thorough testing and stringent government standards ensure that all milk is safe, pure and nutritious.

  • Dairy farmers consistently meet or exceed safety regulations on pesticide use.
  • Thorough USDA testing shows that milk ranks among the lowest of all agricultural products in detectable residues. Any pesticide levels in milk have been well within U.S. and international safety protection standards.
  • USDA conducts an extremely sensitive and thorough Pesticide Data Program. In its 2005 report (the most recent covering milk products), USDA concludes that all residue detections within milk and cream in the 2005 survey “were much lower than the established tolerances.”
  • Today’s sensitive monitoring devices can detect pesticide residues – in both regular and organic milk – at levels far lower than those that pose a health risk.
  • Pesticides are used in farming to kill pests, and to control weeds and fungus that may grow on crops. Many dairy farmers reduce the use of conventional pesticides through integrated pest management programs, which combine various techniques to keep flies and other pests at bay.
  • Want to learn more? Click here to view our fact sheets about life on the farm.

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