I have spent three days in Dallas talking about meat exports. Mainly talking about China and how much meat they need. Made me take pause and think about how we Americans don't think about the global need for food and just worried about our own food needs. It quickly made me think about how many people may want to know "Where is my milk from?"
In an age of local, organic, all natural, hormone free labels due to some food marketers capitalizing on some consumers thinking these labels mean higher quality, the rest of the world is trying to build bigger, more efficient farms. I guess if you have citizens who are not getting enough food, you don't get hung up on things like, was the animal happy while it was alive.
Where is my milk from?
A blog I follow, The Wife of a Dairy Man, recently showed me a cool website to discover where your milk and other dairy products are originating. I opened my fridge and grabbed a few items.
I bought this gallon of milk at Aldi's. Yes, it is past the sell by date. I don't throw milk out by the sell-by date. It is good for 1-2 weeks past sell by. You will see the 18-1000 under the date. That is the plant number.
The plant is Conagra Foods right nearby in Indianapolis. Score. Local again!
Next, my buttermilk from Kroger's that I forgot about and is way expired. But, there is a code. 21021.
Turns out this came from Winchester, Kentucky. Winchester is about two and a half hours away. Local again. By the way, a lot of our milk when we still had the cows went to the Winchester plant. Most of our milk went into the Kroger products.
Reed City, Michigan is where the Yoplait Yogurt plant is located. I was relieved. While it is halfway up the mitten, it is still Midwestern raised cows that supplied milk for it!
So, where is your milk from? Go visit Where is My Milk From to find out!