(Image source: European Milk Board)



BY GEORGE DUMONTIER AND JASMINE BAILEY
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

 


Thousands of European dairy farmers have gathered to protest milk prices saying the low prices are putting small farmers out of business. But those farmers aren't crying over the spilled milk, they’re using it to fight back. Here’s ABC News.


“They got the world’s attention firing milk from hoses and spraying down riot police outside the European Parliament in Brussels Belgium.”


EU Observer reports farmers have also brought close to 1,000 tractors to Brussels and are using them to block the roads and keep EU officials from getting to work.


The protest is orchestrated by the European Milk Board, which has asked the farmers to stay in front of the European Parliament all night Monday and Tuesday. The president of the European Milk Board told The Telegraph...

 

“Our message...is that we need new market regulations to ensure prices that cover costs of production. Milk prices are far too low. Farmers can't make a living and are closing their businesses.”


Decreased demand, and increased competition cause the milk to be priced below production costs. And now the protesters are asking for up to a 25 percent increase in prices to cover their costs. BBC reports...


“In Belgium, for example, the wholesale price for a litre of milk is (about $0.34) but the cost of producing it is (more than $.50).”


Farmers fear that if the EU phases out the subsidies system as planned by 2015, small landholders will to be driven out of business.

 

European Farmers Protest Milk Prices, Spray Parliament

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Nov 27, 2012

European Farmers Protest Milk Prices, Spray Parliament

 

(Image source: European Milk Board)



BY GEORGE DUMONTIER AND JASMINE BAILEY
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

 


Thousands of European dairy farmers have gathered to protest milk prices saying the low prices are putting small farmers out of business. But those farmers aren't crying over the spilled milk, they’re using it to fight back. Here’s ABC News.


“They got the world’s attention firing milk from hoses and spraying down riot police outside the European Parliament in Brussels Belgium.”


EU Observer reports farmers have also brought close to 1,000 tractors to Brussels and are using them to block the roads and keep EU officials from getting to work.


The protest is orchestrated by the European Milk Board, which has asked the farmers to stay in front of the European Parliament all night Monday and Tuesday. The president of the European Milk Board told The Telegraph...

 

“Our message...is that we need new market regulations to ensure prices that cover costs of production. Milk prices are far too low. Farmers can't make a living and are closing their businesses.”


Decreased demand, and increased competition cause the milk to be priced below production costs. And now the protesters are asking for up to a 25 percent increase in prices to cover their costs. BBC reports...


“In Belgium, for example, the wholesale price for a litre of milk is (about $0.34) but the cost of producing it is (more than $.50).”


Farmers fear that if the EU phases out the subsidies system as planned by 2015, small landholders will to be driven out of business.

 

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