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Got Milk? It Could Cost $8 a Gallon

Congress is so focused on the fiscal cliff, the farm bill has yet to be renewed.

Come Jan. 1, there is a threat that milk prices could rise to $6 to $8 a gallon if Congress does not pass a new farm bill that amends farm policy dating back to the Truman presidency, reported the New York Times.

On average, a gallon of milk costs $3.65, according to the dairy industry. However, that could change if Congress does not renew the farm bill by Monday and the milk-price formula reverts back to 1949, reported CBS Boston.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said without a farm bill renewal, farmers will be in a hurry to sell to the government, creating a shortage in the stores. It is estimated the price of milk could go as high as $8, he told the Capital Press.

If the farm bill is not renewed the government will be forced to buy milk at inflated prices, driving up the cost for everyone.

As customers demand milk, markets would look to higher-priced overseas milk producers to make up the shortage, and prices could go up on everything from butter to yogurt to cheese.

Eventually, the government would sell off the milk surplus that it had built up, causing milk prices to plummet.

In the short term, consumers would be devastated and dairy producers would have a payday, after which consumers would get a break while dairy producers watch their profits crash and burn.

Action on the farm bill this year was stalled by disagreements over the food stamp program, from which some conservative members of the House of Representatives wanted deep cuts, reported the Capital Press.

The National Milk Producers Federation and other farm groups had hoped a farm bill would be part of a final “fiscal cliff” budget package passed before Jan. 1.

Pastor Bryan December 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Pasteurized/Homogenized Milk has no value and is quite bad on the gut flora... I think it is a total waste of money! Pasteurizing milk destroys beneficial bacteria along with the bad ones and destroys enzymes essential for nutrient absorption. Pasteurizing milk destroys all its phosphatase; this is essential for the absorption of calcium, and calcium works with Vitamin D, not only available through sunshine but is an essential nutrient in raw cream. Homogenization is a process that breaks up fat globules in cream into very small particles which then do not separate from the rest of the milk. One of the reasons homogenizing milk became standard processing plant practice is that it allowed cheap Grade C milk (with little cream rising to the top) to be mixed with Grade B and valuable Grade A milk (with lots of cream rising to the top) to all be labeled as Grade A and priced accordingly. There is no known health or nutritional advantage to homogenization and quite a bit of science proving its harm. research suggests that this fracturing of the lipid (fat) molecule creates a free radical cascade that can cause allergic reactions and, through complex metabolic processes, even heart disease. (Others suggest that it is really the heating of the milk protein in the water fraction of the milk that provides allergic reactions, not homogenization.) Many dairies still use RGBH in the cows that is known to cause Cancer. http://www.preventcancer.com/press/conference/jan23_96.htm..
Delvina Fiducia December 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I drink it every day. Delicious in recipes. The milk lobby has lead us down a "fat" path.
SPB December 31, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I was in Florida visiting family and I found Almond/Coconut milk. I've had versions of each, but never such blended greatness in one container. I must now find out if they have in around here... or I guess I could buy one of each and just do a 50/50 thing.... Yeah, I may have to do that...
CC December 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Really why complain. If it is going to happen there isn't much we can do. Boycott milk? Really just like gas prices it is something u need unless u like other alternatives. We struggle daily in this economy, but some how u just figure it out and keep living. U find other options or u deal with it. I personally like milk. I guess I will eliminate something that I don't need to enjoy a cold glass of milk.
Diane December 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Well good for you. Don't drink it Pastor.

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