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Offline Captain Video

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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2019, 10:43:49 PM »
Its my understanding that our taxes subsidize the dairy industry and turn the milk into powder which they then use to make the cheese.

Wouldn't it make more sense to take our milk surplus and make cheese that people would actually like to eat or other countries would want to buy? Maybe just some of it?

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/11/government-cheese-phenomenon-usda-american-cheese-surplus.html

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The U.S. has too much cheese — 1.4 billion pounds of it to be exact.

To get some of that cheese off the market, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $47.1 million buying up roughly 22 million pounds of it since 2016, according to a USDA spokesperson.

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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2019, 08:12:49 AM »
US Meat and Cheese stockpile.



Geez, Congress must be really desperate to improve their approval rating... ;)

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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2019, 10:40:35 AM »
So there's a lettuce surplus too?  Can it be measured in swimming pools please?
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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2019, 10:43:52 AM »
So there's a lettuce surplus too?  Can it be measured in swimming pools please?
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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2019, 12:06:11 PM »
The problem with making cheese that people would actually want to eat is that any cheese you release for consumption would reduce the amount of cheese that people buy. And since the whole point of subsidies is to prop up the price, this would be counter-productive. They want to take the milk off the market. So making it into cheese few people would eat makes sense. Except that it would be cheaper to just dump the milk than to make it into cheese and put it into storage forever. Except that there's a political cost to dumping food in a world full of hungry people. Apparently just taking it off the market and storing it forever doesn't seem the same as destroying it.

I'm pretty sure that describing the quantity in terms of football fields was intended as humor.

They managed to subsidize corn prices by inventing the feed-lot system and convincing Americans that they need to eat obscene quantities of artificially-fattened cow meat. But apparently there's no analogous way to convert milk into a food product so inefficient that it cuts the quantity by 90% while preserving the value. So they make it into bad cheese and put it into storage.
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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2019, 01:45:16 PM »
So they make it into bad cheese and put it into storage.

From what I've heard, the cheese is pretty good. It's not American cheese like you buy at the store, but usually a kind of cheddar.

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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2019, 01:49:02 PM »
So they make it into bad cheese and put it into storage.

From what I've heard, the cheese is pretty good. It's not American cheese like you buy at the store, but usually a kind of cheddar.

its closer to Velveeta
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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2019, 04:40:58 PM »
So they make it into bad cheese and put it into storage.

From what I've heard, the cheese is pretty good. It's not American cheese like you buy at the store, but usually a kind of cheddar.

its closer to Velveeta

Velveeta isn't cheese. Which I guess is what you said upthread.
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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2019, 05:14:53 AM »
You may mock the cheese caves now, but they may save humanity in a post-apocalyptic scenario.

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Re: 130 football fields of cheese
« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2019, 10:43:25 AM »
You may mock the cheese caves now, but they may save humanity in a post-apocalyptic scenario.

 ;D

And that's supposed to be a good thing?  ???
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