Starbucks Coffee announced today that it is changing its dairy standard for all of its espresso-based drinks, switching from whole milk to reduced fat (i.e., 2%) milk in all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2007: Daytrading, Eminis, Forex trading, Swing Trading BREAKING NEWS – 559959 – Starbucks Coffee To Switch From Whole To Reduced Fat Milk In All Espresso-based Drinks By FY07 End. (Here’s a take on the same story from the Chicago Sun-Times and San Jose’s NBC11.)

Perhaps after all the criticism over it’s calorie bombs, Starbucks is trying to do its part for the war on obesity. But curiously enough, earlier this month scientists in New Zealand reportedly bred cows that naturally produce low-fat milk: Udderly low-fat milk – News & events – Taste.com.au. This news was soon followed by the announcement that naturally caffeine free coffee trees were about to be introduced in Australia: Caffeine-free coffee trees on their way – News & events – Taste.com.au.

If this sort of “boiling the ocean” problem-solving approach has any legs, here’s to hoping that Starbucks soon stumbles upon genetic research that enables them to grow double-espresso-competent baristas from Petri dishes.