Vested interests are mounting a major campaign with the price of milk right now and between the farmers, processors and retailers the politics is heating up. How can the major supermarkets sell a litre of milk for less than $1 and what are the consequences of this?Intensive dairy farming
To me, the more important question (aside from the effects on the farmers themselves) is what happens to the quality of food when prices are forced so low? Let me illustrate with a recent trip to the supermarket looking for tomato paste. Woolworths had their Select own brand, but where were the ingredients from? China, the home of melamine milk. Leggo’s had another bottle that was packed in Australia with local and imported ingredients, which could have come from China as well for all we know. But the Leggo’s 500g Tomato past with no added salt (even better) won the day with made in Australia from local ingredients. I couldn’t even tell you the price because that’s not even a factor in these matters.
The point is that most of these no brand or Woolworth’s and Cole’s brands and Aldi too for that matter simply outsource their ingredient fulfilling to the cheapest provider. I am sure quality and the integrity of the ingredients is a poor second to price.
So what effect do you think $1 a litre has on the quality of milk? I am sure most of the farms producing huge volumes of milk are owned by corporations and have long since lost the care and concern of the second and third generation dairy farmer. It’s all about profits now and at times at the expense of the animal’s welfare and your health. When profits have primacy then the pressure is on the cow to produce which includes calving and constant and prolific milk production. This demand is often facilitated by the constant use of antibiotics, hormones and other dubious animal welfare practices that all have an impact on the milk that we consume. Thank goodness Australia has banned the use of the growth hormone rBGH, but there is no guarantee that imported milk products are free from this toxin.
When ever I can I always go to my local IGA and purchase quality milk from Maleny Dairies. Why would you want to save a buck to buy a cheap product that supports a flawed system?James Food, Politics