The milk wars — it’s not only farmers who are hurting
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HOW DOES our current milk war affect you?
If you shop in supermarkets do you go for the brand name milk or the supermarkets’ generic house brand?
And what about the threat to their livelihoods of Australia’s dairy farmers being underpaid for their product? Does this concern you at all?
The answer to those questions could well depend on whether you work and receive a salary or whether you are a pensioner or receive a government support benefit — and if you work whether you are low-paid or one of our growing number of casual workers.
Sympathy for the farmer
The crisis on our dairy industry has brought into focus the long-running question of food’s affordability.
There’s no question that dairy farmers deserve our sympathy and support, as have other farmers when they have faced challenges. But the milk industry isn’t just farmers. It is part of a system that includes farmers, milk processors, milk distributors and milk drinkers. To focus on only one of these is to ignore the others and when you get that you get losers, and I’m not talking just about farmers here.
Open Forum reports on the issue…