|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Socialism for America's Dairy Comrades
There is not much in the way of good news for dairy farmers these days. The only ray of sunshine has been an enormous welfare subsidy package passed by Congress. If not for charity, the dairy business would be bankrupt. Many Americans are consuming less dairy as a result of their increased awareness regarding the adverse effects of milk consumption. As the NOTMILK movement gains steam, how does the dairy industry react? By producing more milk! As demand decreases for butter, cheese, and milk, production should naturally decrease. Instead, production is increasing. As supplies increase, what happens to price? Why, it drops, of course. Any college economics student would be able to give you a lecture on the theory of supply and demand. During the year 2002, American cheese output was up 5.3 percent. Butter production increased by a factor of 13.9 percent. One year ago today, the wholesale price of butter was $2.18 per pound. Yesterday, the wholesale price of butter (traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) was 94 cents per pound. The wholesale price of dried whey has fallen from 29 cents per pound to under 17 cents per pound. The wholesale price of a 40 pound block of cheddar cheese has also fallen from $1.72 per pound to $1.17 per pound. Each time you see a full page advertisement in Time or U.S News & World Report extolling the virtues of biotechnology, let Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone serve as an example of the resulting economic chaos. Farmers using the bovine growth hormone (rbGH) get more milk from their cows. The milk enters the market place, and there are no customers. Foreign nations have rejected offers of free American food that has been genetically engineered. American consumers consume too much already. Prices drop. Congress passes laws. Taxpayers pay the price. Unfortunately for dairymen, even the multi-billions of dollars in subsidies will not be enough to cushion their losses. Their economic tragedy falls far below their break even point. If milk was a healthy substance for human consumption, this system might be worth saving, despite the fact that it runs contrary to every economic principle that once made America strong. Many wars were fought and many lives were lost to preserve an American way of life and defeat the imagined menace of communism and socialism. Ask yourself now whether those lives were worth losing. We did not win the wars. Communism and Socialism have become the American way of life. Today's dairy industry survives because an underlying tenet of Marxism defines and is applied to their inadequacies: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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