Is your milk local?
I generally like to eat as locally as possible so when I heard that there was a website that tells you where your milk comes from, I was eager to try it out. Then life got in the way and I totally forgot about it (new year’s resolution: try to remember things for longer than a day). When I was in Whole Foods today debating between Stonyfield milk and Organic Valley, the website popped back into my head.
So, what is the difference between Stonyfield and Organic Valley? Turns out, not much. They are both processed by Schroeder Co Inc in Maplewood, Minnesota. So I guess the pastoral image of cows grazing on the grass in Vermont is out, huh? Looks like the cows have moved west.
In fact, looking at the list of all dairies, Vermont is pretty slim compared to say… Texas. Do you want to find out where your milk comes from? It’s all in the code by the expiration date, just enter that code into this website. You can also find the origin of your yogurt, ice cream or soy milk.