USDA is their calculations of the amount of milk used in America do not count imported dry dairy proteins, such as milk protein concentrate (MPC) of caseins. Caseins are the main protein found in milk. Should they be counted? Well, it takes milk to produce those products.
I have not done the calculations for March because the import data just came out today. However, for January and February 2009, the amount of milk required to produce the imported caseins and MPCs, would amount to over 7% of U.S. production.
The January through March trade data presents an interesting picture. There is a negative trade balance of -$167.1 million dollars.
In each month of this year, we imported casein from India. It seems as if it is not enough to tech jobs and telemarketing taken over by India, but why dairy?
Before blaming India, remember, it is American executives and not Indian national making these decisions.