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Posted by Olivia Richardson
Posted on 05/03/2015 2:44 pm
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It has been recently reported in the news that the price of milk has been decreasing. This is causing serious financial problems for dairy farmers, with many farms going out of business.

Reasons for this price cut are thought to be due to competitive prices between supermarkets, the increasing cost of feed and increasing global competition.

What can we do as a community to support dairy farmers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly?

Here are a couple of links on this issue from various media to help start the discussion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29448193                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30882208

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Posted by Stefano
Contributed to on 05/05/2015 8:00 am
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Farmers could sell fresh milk to end users from ”draft milk distributor”. In Italy is running since several years now:
http://www.milkmaps.com/index.php
It looks like this http://italiasquisita.net/it/posts/aumentano-i-distributori-di-latte-crudo

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Posted by Nick Tregenza
Contributed to on 03/05/2015 5:43 pm
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What are the ’non-organic’ additives in non-organic milk production round here? Fertilizers? Herbicides? Insecticides?

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Posted by richinger
Contributed to on 01/05/2015 3:44 pm
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We should stop buying milk from the Supermarkets. As someone who worked for supermarket supply companies for 10 years, these guys (the supermarkets) are brutal…not just to farmers but to all suppliers. For e.g. you know those lovely buy one get one free offers…thats no the supermarket giving you free stuff, the suppliers have to take the hit for that!!
But…..thats how they keep the prices so low…..food from the supermarket is really far too cheap.

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Posted by ajsuggitt
Contributed to on 17/03/2015 5:23 pm
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I find it hard to believe that much (if any) of my 89p for a 4 pint bottle of milk gets back to the farmers.. but as long as milk is used as a loss leader for supermarkets, then this will continue, surely?

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