Large-Scale Milk-Dumping…A Real Thing
Breaking News: Waste is waste and market saturation has hit milk hard in Vermont (largely due to a 2% production increase amongst producers), leading to St. Albans Co-Op Creamery dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk to offset costs associated with transportation. This isn’t uncommmon in the food industry, especially in the USA where food regulations are more strict than other places leading to food dumping in order to avoid food poisoning (legal and public health liability-galore).
[Vermont Deputy Agriculture Secretary Diane] Bothfeld says dumping occurred in the past, but generally only when facilities closed over long holiday weekends. UVM Extension Agriculture Economist Bob Parsons says this time it’s in higher volume, and the result of shipping costs exceeding potential revenue from a sale. “So we dump the milk,” said Parsons. “It sounds wasteful, but there is a pure economics to it, when we’re hauling liquid milk that is expensive to haul.”
For some perspective: 1 in 6 people in America face hunger, something that a nutritionally dense product like milk could have aided.
Original article & image source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/24/1396149/–Hundreds-of-thousands-of-gallons-of-milk-dumped-in-Vermont-to-keep-market-prices-up