File this under “Are You Kidding Me!”   An online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy and determined that seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

If true, wouldn’t that mean most of our milk would be spotted?

I doubt these folks could do the math, but it works out to about 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people, equal to more than the entire population of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For the record, Pennsylvania ranks 5th in National Milk production at 10,805,000,000 pounds per year!

We can joke about it but experts in agriculture, nutrition and education have griped for years that many Americans are "agriculturally illiterate"  in not knowing how food is grown, how it gets to stores --or even, in the case of chocolate milk, what's in it.

One Department of Agriculture study, commissioned in the early 1990s, found that nearly one in five adults did not know that hamburgers are made from beef.  Wash that down with your chocolate milk!  (For the record, chocolate milk is milk with cocoa and sugar added.)

An anonymous author apparently speaks for many with this oldie but goodie:

I've never seen a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But from the milk we're getting now,
There certainly must be one!


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