Fresh milk is a vital yet ephemeral food with a nutritional quality that depends largely on the distance it must travel before it reaches your table. The milk of most nationally-distributed brands therefore, must be exposed to heat treatments in order to avoid spoilage during transport. This ends up significantly undermining both the taste and nutritional value of the milk.
Like meat, milk is also a reflection of the diet and health of the animal from which it is sourced. Sadly, the vast majority of the milk available on most American supermarket shelves today is sourced from enormous mega-dairies where tens of thousands of cows are confined in containment barns and fed on pesticide-laden genetically-modified grains. Due to these unhealthy and crowded conditions stressed and unhealthy animals must be protected from rampant infection with mega-doses of antibiotics.
On there other hand there are a few dairies left in the U.S. that put authentic organic values behind their products. While prices of their goods are higher they also accurately reflect the true cost of a wholesome and humane animal-based product.
In Northern California, Sonoma County’s Straus Family Creamery has been a pioneer in the movement for food transparency and against genetic modification for several decades. The company remains deeply committed to sustainable production methods, growing much of their own feed, utilizing recycled glass bottles, and generating the bulk of their power from a methane digester located directly on their farm.