To be more sustainable, the Starbucks coffee chain plans to offer more plant-based options. That includes a move away from dairy products. Starbucks claims the dairy industry is a major contributor to its carbon footprint. Dairy Management Inc. responded, saying dairy can be part of the sustainability story. Over the past ten years, DMI said the environmental impact from producing a gallon of milk involves more than 30 percent less water, 21 percent less land and a 20 percent smaller carbon footprint.
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