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Senior Advisor

Milk dumping, now that you mention it, Covid collateral damage.

  Talking to someone close to the dairy industry today and he mentioned that unimaginable amounts of milk are being dumped.  He said, 100's of truckloads, I thought I had misheard, apparently not.  Checking the news tonight and nope, I heard right. 

   But now that you mention it, no milk trucks going by the house the past few days.  Most of the time, you have to dodge the trucks walking across the road to get the mail, not anymore. The thing is, much of it is milk that school children would have been drinking, cheese that restaurants would be selling, etc. This suggests that there's a huge hole in family food diets.  Meanwhile, as people start running out of money, you'll see meat fall off the menu.  Speaking of which, people are now a little over two weeks without a paycheck.  And that $1200 ain't going to go very far, if it ever comes.

  I talked to the banker and his advice to farmers, "hoard cash, don't buy anything you don't absolutely have to."

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Honored Advisor

Re: Milk dumping, now that you mention it, Covid collateral damage.

I agree on hoarding cash, but in the midst of this there`s still biding wars on cash rent and the neighbor is putting up a NAT approved machine shed, so not everyone`s getting the memo  Smiley Happy

Milk had a consumption problem before Covid, people quit eating breakfast cereal.  I do my part with Honey Bunches of Oats topped with skim milk, some evenings I like salty popcorn and a glass of milk.  I remember when I was in school in the 70s and 80s the milk cartons, kids would drink a couple sips and throw the carton  3/4ths full in the garbage.  I suppose with kids at home now, they drink pop/soda instead of milk.  But was wasted school milk, still entailed cows being milked.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Wasted milk, I don't know....

As for school children wasting milk, I don't know what kind of people you went to school with but I don't remember any massive wasting of milk when I went to school. But then there's a lot of things I don't remember.

Honored Advisor

Re: Wasted milk, I don't know....

Rick, i`d know you were a Lib just by that reply, it`s how you Libs do it, nitpick around the peripheral belittling "kids you grew up with".  Wasted school lunches we a big topic, back when we used to have slow news days.  Well it`s like the Lib in the cesspool that was trying to nail me on hypocrisy because i raise hogs , but don`t eat pork...go past everything else I say and focus on destroying the messenger.  

https://grist.org/article/schools-waste-5-million-a-day-in-uneaten-food-heres-how-oakland-is-reinven...  

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In response, Deming posted signs that read “Only take it if you want to drink it.” When she reminded cafeteria staff that the USDA encourages schools to wipe down and re-serve unopened milk cartons, they balked, unhappy to take back food handled by “germy, messy kids,” Deming says. “Well, you have to wash it and make sure it’s in good shape. But think of food at the grocery store. How many sets of hands have touched that food?”

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Senior Advisor

Re: Wasted milk, I don't know....

I have suggested that the best immediate farm program would be a very large temporary expansion of SNAP.

Just shoveling cash to livestock and milk producers doesn't help the demand side. Pay to dump milk and overflow the cold storage freezers?

Sometimes you just have to swallow your deeply held principles and do something decent.

If anyone is afraid they'll be excommunicated from the Republican Party for that, Independent is an option.

 

Advisor

Re: Wasted milk, I don't know....

Every kid gets a milk sounds like socialism.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Wasted milk, I don't know....

It was/is socialism- back when America Was Great.

But as I've written, it was sorta patriotic to be drinking the milk and eating the meat back in the day when you were supporting small family farmers who were the fabric of rural America. A very different situation today- not all bad by any means-but very, very different. 

Food Stamps were originally developed as a farm support program. The idea was if you could get low income people to buy more milk, meat, eggs etc. then every dollar would multiply to several in rural communities.

No doubt considerably less of a multiplier effect today (sorta what happens when you've cut out all the middle men, ya know?) but surely still a better than 1:1.

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Senior Reader

Re: Wasted milk, I don't know....

Attended a parochial school in the 1970's; lots of farm kids.  I don't recall the wasted milk, as most of the kids (except me and a couple others who drank white) relished the chocolate milk.   We were not allowed to throw away food and if we could not eat something like sauerkraut, we would sneak it into the empty cardboard cartons.  (One of the retired lunch ladies told me recently that they knew we were doing this!)

I have surmised that cow's milk is better for a kid than pop -- look at the muscular beef calves speeding around the fields this spring, on a whole milk diet.

 

Senior Advisor

Re: Parochial school, won't eat sauerkraut, is that the difference?

I don't know about parochial students but this public school student ate everything on his plate and glad to get it, sauerkraut and all.   In fact, it wasn't uncommon for someone at the lunch table to notice that somebody wasn't eating this or that and ask, can I have that?

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Veteran Advisor

sauerkraut, is that the difference?

I figured public school meals were Great. 

Still are too,  I'll bet. 

Kids that supposedly don't like school lunches just aren't hungry enough.  MO

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