So today’s NYT article entitled “Solution or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth” starts to address some of the questions I and others have raised. The food industry is going for more efficient containers to ship, but they have not addressed the plastic jug, cardboard palette, cellophane wrapping, etc. all that gets recycled after a single use… and the reason for the efficient containers is to improve long distance transport of milk, which in-and-of itself is dubious.
Fair warning for these seemingly good ideas, but they are still working within the conventional system. No time is spent on real alternatives like local daries with their glass jugs and short supply chains, or changing neighborhood zoning laws to allow egg laying chickens and milk cows. My great grandparents used to have both types of animals in suburban Knoxville, TN just 80 yrs ago.
Check out The Urban Chicken for animal husbandry laws in your town.