Monday, October 6, 2014

Dear Starbucks, About That #OrganicMilkNext

"Are you getting your usual White Chocolate Mocha, Bessie?"

Dear Starbucks,

We love your coffee and wish The Farmer would serve it to us on a regular basis.  Over the weekend we saw quite a bit of chatter over your use of milk with your delicious coffee particularly with the #OrganicMilkNext hashtag.

Should you only purchase milk from organic dairy farms as this campaign encourages you? I think this goes against everything Starbucks stands for. Why choose you instead of another coffee house? The key word is "choose." At Starbucks you obviously have as many choices that could possibly be imagined.

Case in point with this order.

If some of your customers want organic milk, then add it to your offerings. As long as it doesn't raise prices across the board as some have suggested. We cows want you to enjoy your dairy. We're not asking you to get rid of fake dairy products like the dreaded "soy" milk, which is obviously anything but real milk. When they taste the best, most folks realize the best cream really does rise to the top.

Milk Vs Milk

The truth is that there are no quality differences to distinguish organic milk from milk produced from a regular dairy herd. Also, using "organic" as a measuring stick of milk quality or cow quality is not accurate by any means.

Dairy farmers themselves are responsible for the care of their animals. It is they, and their team, that make good or bad environments for us. The size and type of the farm has little relevancy in comparison to how the farmers and their employees do their jobs.

We are fine if you want to add organic milk alongside regular milk to serve to your customers. We think our dairy products are delicious and nutritious, and you do a darn good job of proving us right. We'd appreciate you keeping all dairy available.

Moos and thanks,

Agent 14, on the Udder Side.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hidden Farmer Cam

Nothing beats documentation when you want to prove animal abuse. Let us introduce Exhibit A, the hidden farmer camera from last week in the calf barn.


Did you see the cruelty? Did you see the abuse? Trust me, it takes a trained eye to see things sometimes, but if you missed it this time you are as blind as a bat!


Now, did you see it? Let's pull a frame out to highlight the abuse.


Preferential feline treatment such as this should not be excused! Contact the news media, social media, and the....the.....the media media! Let our voices be heard!

Cows first! Cats second! Cows first! Cats second!

I imagine farmers from all over the planet are letting cows play second fiddle to barn cats and that is abuse! We have to stop the cycle! It isn't right, and if we all band together we can change farmers. We can change farms. We can change food processors. We can change the food distribution network. We can change grocery stores. We can change restaurants.

I propose we start a campaign to make sure the dairy products everyone purchases is sourced from cows and calves that were fed before any farm cats. There should be a label on the dairy products you purchase. Look for it.

Contact your favorite hipster restaurant and make sure they serve the right kind of dairy products. Lets start the official #CowBabeArmy and go after anyone that disagrees with us sells milk from farms that gives preferential treatment to cats over cows and calves. Maybe a Cows First Facebook Page to be the heartbeat of our cause?

Remember, those that disagree with us obviously are animal abusers. If we yell loud enough we can drown out their voices and put them in their place.

Agent 234, reporting from the Udder Side.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Butter, Meat, and Cheese Are Good For You?!?

No, you are not living in The Matrix. I am talking about how all the stuff you've gone to great lengths to exclude from your diet has been wrong. 

Go ahead and do the  happy dance. Or at least sway to the beat like this.

This phenomenal new way of thinking about healthy eating for people is in a book by Nina Teicholz called The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Take a look at this interview where she lays out her reasoning.

Larry Parks Interviews Nina Teicholz about The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet from LarryParks on Vimeo.

Is it all crazy talk? Well, the Wall Street Journal argues that she has a fact based argument on why low fat nutrition advice is wrong. If it is true then you have one more reason to enjoy our delicious milk and the healthy dairy products made from it.

Agent 101, reporting from the Udder Side.