Monday, September 20, 2010

The Public



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On a fairly regular basis someone suggests the public needs to be "educated" about modern dairy farming. Perhaps, we need a mirror and need to think about what the public knows.

As can be seen in the above graph, the public has not benefited from all the change in dairy farming. All of the productivity gains, all the so-called economies of scale have in no way benefited the public.

Since dairy farmers, as a whole, have not benefited from increased productivity either, maybe it is time to think about how a system could be put in place in which both dairy farmers and the public benefit.

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