domingo, maio 21, 2017

Dizem que a culpa é da política agrícola comum

"It's Tough Being a Dairy Farmer Right Now"

Oh, wait!

Mas eles são americanos...
"America's dairy farmers have been having a tough couple of years. There's a glut of milk on the market, and prices are low.
Wisconsin's dairypeople seem especially put out. They've persuaded one of their U.S. senators, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, to introduce legislation that "would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae to no longer be mislabeled with dairy terms such as milk, yogurt or cheese." And now a small group that lost its Canadian buyers for a specialized product (ultra-filtered milk used in making cheese and yogurt) have gotten President Donald Trump to launch a trade skirmish on their behalf.
Put it all together, and what the U.S. Department of Agriculture appetizingly calls "utilization of all dairy products on a milk-fat milk-equivalent basis" has kept going up.
So why are dairy farmers so cranky, especially in Wisconsin? It seems largely due to the maddening nature of farming: When conditions are just right, allowing you to produce a lot, it means they're probably just right for lots of other people, too. Milk production went up at a healthy pace in 2015 and 2016. Milk prices went down.
Still, if you're in Wisconsin or another old-line dairy state, there is a long-term trend that may be getting you down. Production has been shifting to bigger, more productive dairies out West.
[Moi ici: Americanos mas também com uma espécie de Política Agrícola Comum que apadrinha comportamentos absolutamente irracionais que se transformam em práticas racionais de que poucos conseguem fugir ao seu poder adictivo] Finally, let us not forget the perennial complaint that government subsidies meant to protect dairy farmers from price swings end up encouraging overproduction. Partly because of that complaint, the U.S. has shifted in recent years from dairy price supports to a "Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers" that compensates farmers when falling milk prices and/or rising feed prices squeeze margins."

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