EU farmers push for faster spoiling milk (photos)
TO Belgium for the Europe Milk Demonstration, in which the versatility of milk is showcased by farmers with hoses. The famers, upset by what they see as unfair milk prices, squirt milk at the European parliament and police. The farmers also set barrels of hay and a pile of tyres on fire, sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky. They plan to stay put outside parliament until Tuesday afternoon.
The European Milk Board says the wholesale price for a litre of milk is 0.26 euros, but it costs 0.40 euros to produce. Reuters reports:
The EU is the world’s largest milk producer and spends more than 40 percent of its annual 130 billion euro budget paying subsidies and other forms of financial support to farmers, including those in the diary industry. It sets an annual milk quota – which sits at around 130 million tonnes, too much for EU-consumption – but has agreed to phase that out by 2015.
It’s pretty clear that we need to find more uses for milk or simply make it expire faster, and rebrand old milk as milk-gum, milk-chunks and fake snow.