I was dismayed by this report that dairy producers are concerned about the overproduction of milk resulting in prices dropping too low and so they are dumping milk down the drain.
This kind of action appalls me. I am one who on a personal level hates to waste food and tries to ensure that no good food is ever thrown away. The statistics about the amount of food waste in the US is depressing. There is a great deal of hunger in the world and the idea that economics demands that food be deliberately dumped seems to me to be a failure of imagination about how to deal with this precious commodity.
It is bad enough that farmers in the US are paid to not cultivate their lands and that there was a time when wheat was actually dumped into the ocean because bumper crops threatened the price support system. I hope that at least this practice has ended because while milk is perishable and hard to store for long times, wheat can be stored and transported quite easily.
As long as famine and hunger and food insecurity exist, surely we can think of ways to protect farmers from going bankrupt while not throwing away food that can alleviate the suffering of so many.