|U.S. DAIRY FARMERS LINK WITH INTERNATIONAL FARMERS TO PROTEST GLOBAL DAIRY CRISIS|
|Target WTO and Free Trade Ideology at Root of the Crisis|
Washington D.C. (September 18, 2009) The National Family Farm Coalition, as a member of the international farmers movement La Via Campesina, has released a statement highlighting the common struggles of dairy farmers around the globe who are all suffering from an unprecedented economic crisis as farm milk prices have collapsed globally. Prices for U.S. dairy farmers have collapsed to 1970s level due to a corrupt pricing system and a highly consolidated industry controlled by a few corporate entities. Paul Rozwadowski, a Wisconsin dairy farmer and chairman of the NFFC Dairy Subcommittee said, The Via Campesina statement shows that dairy farmers around the globe are all suffering from the effects of free trade and the World Trade Organizations devastating push for deregulation that pits dairy farmers against each other while corporations like Kraft and Nestle reap all the profits.
The Via Campesina statement notes that EU and Indonesian dairy farmers
have all suffered under the WTOs agricultural liberalization
policies. Diversified family farms are increasingly being replaced
by industrial factory farms and cheap imports dumped into local markets.
Donna Hall, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer, said, Consumers are
demanding local, fresh food, not cheap substitute milk protein concentrates
from the likes of India that are used in Kraft's products. It is obscene
to sacrifice the livelihoods of dairy farmers, our rural communities
and our domestic milk production on the altars of a fatally flawed
corporate globalization agenda. The last thing Americans want is to
become dependent on Chinese powdered milk. But thanks to the WTO,
that is the situation that confronts us as American dairy farmers
keep going out of business.
For article on EU protests see:
The Via Campesina statement is attached and can also be found here:
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