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Study Shows 48% Of Americans Have No Idea Where Chocolate Milk Comes From

If you’re one of the 7 percent of Americans who thinks chocolate milk comes from brown cows, I hope you’re sitting down for this one, because there is absolutely zero percent chance that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Just to make sure, I checked with our resident food scientist Costa Spyrou, and he has assured me that cows do not produce chocolate.

Costa was thoroughly unimpressed with my chocolate milk questions.

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy surveyed 1,000 adults on several milk-related questions, and possibly the most devastating was the chocolate milk question.

At least those 7 percent were aware that a cow is somewhat involved in the process, but a whole 48 percent of those same 1,000 respondents said they actually have no idea where chocolate milk comes from, period.

This is our country ladies and gentlemen, and it is totally deflating.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I won’t leave you hanging—chocolate milk is, well, milk and freakin’ chocolate mixed together. The chocolate is not injected into a cow, nor does a cow naturally produce the chocolate.

h/t food & wine

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China’s Animal Cloning Factory Launches Next Year And It’s Gonna Be Huge For Meat Production

The world has become one step closer to solving the crisis of world hunger.

Two companies, a biotechnology firm called Boyalife in China and a South Korean research company called Sooam Biotech, have joined forces to help create the world’s largest animal cloning center, slated to be build in the Chinese port of Tianjin sometime in 2016.

Cloning has been around for nearly 20 years, although the first cloned animal, Dolly the sheep, has been the source of plenty of controversy in terms of uses for cloned animals.

Many Chinese citizens expressed their hesitancy to eat the food, claiming that they would only build up enough trust to eat it if they saw the authority figures in their country eating it first. It only makes sense that skepticism runs rampant in a country riddled with food safety scandals.

The company will focus on three animals in particular: cattle for beef, dogs to work for the police and to be used as pets, and horses to be bred for racing. Boyalife will create 100,000 cow embryos a year, steadily increasing that number year after year assuming all goes well in terms of production and distribution.

While the idea in theory is great and could provide some much needed wiggle room for a country struggling to meet market demands for beef, it still leaves some questions unanswered that will need to be eventually satisfied. For example, how will the company provide enough food to feed these large grazing animals in a country that’s already struggling to feed the naturally born cattle? And what sort of environmental impact will that many cattle in one place have?

Image Source: Telegraph, Daily Mail

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This Dispenser Makes You Feel Like You’re Actually Milking A Cow In The Morning

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This is the Vache Á Lait. It’s a faux udder milk dispenser created by Design Studio 55 for Milk Factory’s ‘What’s Next for Milk?’ competition. I kind of love it, kind of hate it. The part of me that loves it is for obvious reasons. The part of me that hates it is because I wish I thought of it first. I will never forgive myself.

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Written by Brittany High, Incredible Things | Foodiggity

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Research Shows Slow Jams Actually Help Cows Get Into the Milking Moo-d

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According to a study by psychologists at the University of Leicester, milk production can increase by as much as 3 percent when cows are listening to slow music.

Similar to humans, slow jams can help relieve stress and relax the cows getting them in a friendlier mood to be milked. While 3 percent may not sound like a lot, but when you multiply that by all the dairy cows it could really help out the milk industry. So the next time you need Bessie to bust out a gallon, throw on some Barry White so she can get it on.

Though the study is over ten years old, farmers agree with the results. Modern Farmer talked to some farmers who believe it’s not so much the genre of the music that matters as much as the beat of the song:

“[In studies] animals seemed, in general, to find slow, rhythmic music most relaxing. Perhaps easy listening or new age would be best.”

Besides simply calming the cows, the music also helps to drown out more unpleasant sounds such as machinery and other loud noises. As much as the cows love music, apparently they aren’t fond of Willie Nelson’s stuff — the country legend tends to rile them up.

H/T Consumerist, Modern Farmer