Milk has long been considered a vital part of a growing child’s diet, touted for building strong bones and providing a foundation for a healthy life. However, increased usage of hormones and antibiotics in the dairy industry have brought into question milk’s formerly infallible reputation –the use of bovine growth hormone in large conventional dairies, for example, have many worried about how or if these hormones are passed on to the consumer. In addition, the industry also faces criticism about animal welfare practices. This has led to growing consumer interest in the organic milk market, a market that has not escaped its own set of problems as it has grown from small farms to large operations.
- Type: Beverage & Source Ingredient
- Country of Origin: Possibly Northern Europe
- Energy Use Factor: Medium
- Source Location: (Baltimore Breakfast) – Ohio – Produced all over the world.
- Bovine growth hormone (rBGh): increased milk production vs. health concerns.
- Animal Welfare Concerns: 1.) Care & comfort of dairy cows 2.) slaughter for veal or beef processing.
- Increased use of corn feed & other inputs for bio-fuels effect on milk prices worldwide.
Where did Phil’s milk actually come from?
Cow milk is produced all over the world, whether it’s a single cow providing milk for a small family or hundreds of cows in a large scale dairy operation. We visited a large conventional dairy farm in Baldwin, WI and a smaller organic dairy farm in Elk Mound, WI. The dairy processing for both conventional and organic milk was filmed in Roseville, MN. and Café Hon’s milk supplier is Baltimore’s Cloverland Dairy, who in turn gets the majority of their milk supply from over 200 Amish family farms in Lancaster County, PA.
We filmed our milk segment at Jon-De Farms, a conventional dairy in Baldwin, WI, at Holm Girls Dairy, an organic dairy in Elk Mound, WI, and at Schroeder Milk Co, a dairy processing facility for both conventional and organic products in Roseville, MN.
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Café Hon gets their milk from the local distributor Cloverland Dairy. In turn, Cloverland gets the majority of their supply from over 200 dairy farms in Lancaster County, PA, many of which are Amish family farms.
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