by Marion Nestle
Aug 31 2016

Do poor people need more cheese products?

The USDA intends to buy $20 million worth of cheese products and will give them to federal nutrition programs and food banks.


To raise the price of milk and help milk producers.

Milk producers think this is way too little.  They asked USDA to buy $150 million in cheese products.  This would take 900 million pounds of milk off the U.S. market, reduce supply, and increase prices.

Is life tough for dairy farmers?  So they say.

As for cheese, we already eat a lot of it, more every year.

Is this the best way to support dairy farmers?

Just asking…


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