Government Cheese

Government Cheese

There’s a cheese glut in America. Cheese inventories are higher than they’re been in over 30 years, while families go hungry. Even a third of those on food stamps need to visit food banks.

The USDA is trying for a twofer by buying $20 million in surplus cheese — 11 million pounds — and distributing it to food banks. While you might question the wisdom of paying tax dollars to support corporate dairy operations, surely no one can object to the government helping food banks feed the hungry, right?

Of course there’s always the Trump faction.

Note: Dairy farmers also got a $11.2 million monthly payment from the USDA Margin Protection Program earlier this month. Subsidies are at the highest rate since the MPP was created.


“Why Do Milk Prices Spike And Crash? Because It’s Like Oil,” Dan Charles, NPR


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