Milk Money: Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm

By Kirk Kardashian

There’s anything un-American and illogical a few industry process the place the cost of a product bears no relation to the price of its inputs. but now we have lived with any such scheme within the dairy for many years: retail milk costs have stayed an analogous, whereas milk costs paid to farmers have plummeted. The dairy company is on the middle of the tradition and economic climate of Vermont, simply because it is of many different states. That truth intended little to Kirk Kardashian till he began taking his daughter to daycare at a dairy farm a couple of miles from his Vermont home—a farm owned by way of a similar relatives for generations, yet whose vendors have been now suffering to make ends meet. unexpectedly, the abstractions of economics and commodities markets have been changed by way of the flesh and blood of a farm kinfolk whom he greeted each day.

In the culture of Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, Kardashian asks if it is correct that family members farmers in the United States should still toil so demanding, produce a meals so healthy and so renowned, and nonetheless lose cash. This gripping research uncovers the hidden forces at the back of dairy farm consolidation, and explains why milk—a staple commodity topic to either executive oversight and collusion—has confirmed so difficult to stabilize. in the meantime, each year we proceed to lose rankings of small dairy farms. With ardour, wit, and humor, Milk funds indicates the place we're now, how we came, and the place we'd be going.

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