I’m keynoting the launch of the 2022-2023 Dr. Rogers Prize at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1000 Burrard Street, 6:00 pm reception, my talk is at 7:00 pm. I’m not getting the $250,000 prize (alas), I’m just celebrating it. It’s for a Canadian doing complementary and alternative medicine.
Weekend reading: the loss of small dairy farms
I’m just getting to this report from Food and Water Watch: The Economic Cost of Food Monopolies: Dirty Dairy Racket
Food & Water Watch took a look at what’s happening to the U.S. dairy industry. Its conclusions are not surprising if you have been following these trends.
- Big dairies have driven out small. Only about 30 percent of all U.S. milk is produced on family-scale farms.
- Dairy is not profitable. “Thanks to the gutting of federal supply management policy,” overproduction and increased production costs gave caysed milk prices to plummet.
- Consolidation doesn’t help. Three dairy coops control 83 percent of milk sales: DFA (Dairy Farmers of America), Land O’ Lakes, and California Dairies, Inc.).
Here’s one comparison: Dairy association CEP salaries as compared to dairy farmer income.
The next Farm Bill could help fix some of this by:
- Restoring supply management
- Stopping proliferation of factory dairy farms
- Reforming the farm safety net
- Setting fair prices