Waste in Sheep’s Clothing

I’ve been fascinated/horrified/interested in this whole 4th of July Milk Dump that I wrote about on Friday. The coordinated dumping of hundreds of thousands of gallons hundredweights of milk took place on Sunday as planned in many locations. What follows is a little recap:

It’s certainly a complicated topic, but I have to say: it’s really hard to watch a stream of milk being poured onto the ground. A large part of me agrees with commenter Dave Skolnick: “Waste is Waste.” But I also think you can’t separate this event from the unsustainable situation dairy farmers face. What’s your take?

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4 Comments

  1. Beth D.
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I just wish the news stories gave information for ways people can buy directly from the farm. They are only asking for about $1.50 a gallon for pete’s sake! I would buy directly from the farmer if I had the option and I think a lot of other people would too.

  2. Posted July 6, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    That would be nice, Beth. But I guess it’s on us to seek out local dairies that sell directly to customers. Where I live, it’s not too difficult, but I’m sure the availability of local milk varies greatly. Hopefully, what doesn’t vary is the steady supply of people willing to seek it out.

  3. Posted July 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I think sometimes you need a little waste to cause a lot of change. One days worth of spilled milk seems like an easy price to pay relative to a host of out of work dairy farmers…

  4. Posted July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    The question is: will one day’s waste make any difference? If not, is it justified? For me, it is, because these dairies aren’t able to donate their milk because it’s raw. And they can’t really pasteurize it and then donate it because the distributors they’re protesting are the ones who do the pasteurizing.

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