Last year the New York City Food Museum did a story on the history of milk strikes and consumers and farmers working together.
We should consider having history repeat itself! All of the work done back then by dairy farmers to gain control has truly been lost! Our nation’s dairy farmers suffer at the hands of corruption and manipulated markets. I post this as I just read that Dean Foods, Kraft, and all major dairy cooperatives have reported another quarter of profits, most reported yet again record profits. All this profit while dairies are in financial dispair.
In Canada, the consumers pay the same for their dairy products and we do here in the US. In Canada, dairy farmers receive about $24.00 per hundred weight. US dairy farmers are receiving about $11.50. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the “middle man” is making all of the profit! I don’t mind processors making a profit…but it should not be at the demise of the dairy farmer.
I encourage you to check out the attached link to the NY Food Museum and read about the milk strikes back in depression. My New York dairy farmer friend, Lorraine Lewandrowski sent this out to dairy farmers and I thought I would share it with you.
She is a great activist and believes like I, that we must unite…from “Coast to Coast”, dairy farmers must take back our control of OUR product which we work so hard to bring to the consumers. It is all of our risk. It is all of our blood, sweat, and tears..yet we don’t know what price we are going to get at the end of the month!
Another dairy farmer friend and activist, Evelyn Borba of Turlock, has a quote on every email she sends out and it says… (Funny, I have never personally met Evelyn or Lorraine but communicate with them via e-mail and social media and do feel them as friends and appreciate what they do for our industry)
“It’s sad when in an industry, your only hope is to be the last man standing.”
– Dairy Farmer from Chino, CA
This really says it all doesn’t it? I do believe in free enterprise…BUT free enterprise only works properly if dealing in a fair and non-manipulated market….that is not what us dairy farmers are dealing with. Re-gaining control means regaining control of our SUPPLY!
Let us stop and not wait to see who the last man standing is going to be!