Safe as milk

You’d have to go to great lengths to find greener, cleaner pastures than the ones in New Zealand. It’s a place where Hobbits might love to romp. Cows and sheep clearly love it, too.

Standing out in the fields of Whareroa, with its breathtaking white-peaked Mt. Taranaki — a favorite of filmmakers seeking a stand-in for Mt. Fuji — in the background, New Zealand farmer Gavin Vanner will tell you he loves it as well. Gavin is one of 11,000 farmers making up the supply chain for Fonterra, New Zealand’s dairy leader which exports 95 percent of its products — everything from milk and milk powders to butter, yogurts, whey-protein drinks and medicines — to the rest of the world.

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