Stuff that I read about this week that you should care about 6/30/2017
“Breakfast with a view” Iowa dairy consumers
The Iowa Dairy Center, located near Calmar, Iowa, is a place where people have gone to learn about dairy farming since 1999. College students go to prepare themselves for a future of farming, and the public visits to learn where their food comes from. Milk from the farm is sold primarily as fluid milk under the brand Hiland Dairy, if you’re trying to get some (like me). They also hosted an event called Breakfast on the Farm, where consumers can visit the center to eat and then go on a farm tour. In 2016, over 1,300 people attended. If you’re in the area, you can learn more about setting up your own Iowa Dairy Center farm tour here.
“I want to rule the world” Amazon
Recently, it was announced that Amazon will acquire Whole Foods for a casual $13.7 billion. While Whole Food’s co-founder John Mackey will continue to run the business, the purchase is still expected to disrupt the grocery industry. Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities Inc. analyst commented on the deal, “Amazon clearly wants to be in grocery, and clearly believes a physical presence gives them an advantage. I assume the physical presence gives them the ability to distribute other products more locally. So theoretically you could get 5-minute delivery.” So the next question is – can they send me my chocolate milk via a drone? Maybe the next big this is a robot that delivers your groceries AND puts them away? I’m sure that’s why Amazon decided to buy Staples too.
“IDK why, but I know it’s healthy” Overheard in the grocery store, talking about Vitamin K
It turns out dairy products are a good source of some types of vitamin K. Vitamin K is most known for it’s ability to help clot blood, and has more commonly been linked to foods such as kale, spinach and broccoli. Studies are showing that milk products (like fluid milk, cheese and yogurt) are a rich source of the MK (K2) form of vitamin K, which is a kind that’s good for you, but one that we’re still learning more about. Confusing? They break down the science of it all here.
Picture of the week.
You’re a natural, hunny. Mommy Mea Smith sent us a picture of her new Pennsylvania farm girl, Anna Grace!