Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Many suggestions are made about importing dairy producto take up the slack of a declining U.S. milk production.
As can be seen in the graph above, courtesy of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), that is not a reasonable idea. There is no country which can actually take up significant slack a drop in U.S. production would entail.
Which is not to say we produce all our needs. We are, through 2009, net importers of dairy.
China cannot replace American dairy needs the way they replaced good American jobs.