Intensed Milk

“The Government itself declined to comment directly on the intensification issue but said that an over-supply of milk on the world market was partly to blame for the sharp fall in milk prices and therefore increasing production was ‘not the answer’. ‘It’s about increasing the great things we do with that liquid milk.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986357/the_march_of_the_industrial_megadairy_is_this_the_future_of_milk.html)

DEFRA once again offers penetrating insight that an over-supply will not be solved by increasing production and that milk is liquid.

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Expressed not Impressed

“Researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE [Genetically Engineered] soybeans. Roundup Ready soybeans are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup and are sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto. … The colostrum [milk] from the GE-fed mothers contained only 2/3 of the fat, 1/3 of the protein and close to half of the IgG [antibodies] of the mothers fed the non-GM soy.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2986006/gmo_soy_produces_altered_milk_and_stunted_kids.html)

Monsanto must be proud: congratulations! It’s another runt.

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Teat Ip

“The true extent of corporate control of food commodities – or milk to you and me – is huge. … It is these largely unaccountable bodies that will benefit from trade negotiations like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Anxious to weaken food regulations by ‘mutual recognition’ of different standards or ‘harmonizing’ standards to the ones they like, they are very active in the TTIP debate.
… US dairy exporters would like to see EU limits on somatic cell counts (in effect, pus) in milk removed – yet the cell count indicates mastitis, a painful infection of the breast tissue in cows.” (http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2985037/the_perfect_pinta_vs_the_ttip_trade_tanker.html)

This just the T-tip of the milkberg.

Bovindoors

“In reaction to pressure on [milk] price, some farming leaders are encouraging a move to intensive dairy farming; keeping cows indoors all year, in so-called zero-grazing units or mega-dairies.” (http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2015/08/compassion-calls-for-reform-of-dairy-industry/)

When the price slump is a result of reduced global demand, producing more is radical logic. Perhaps it needs more weedkiller

Lactaste

“Some of [McGuire’s] recent research refutes claims that glyphosate, an herbicide often used on GM crops, accumulates in breast milk; it relies on an assay developed with assistance from Monsanto. Still, McGuire says, ‘I’m a milk-lactation researcher.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/gm-crop-opponents-expand-probe-into-ties-between-scientists-and-industry-1.18146)

Monsanto-funded development of glyphosate milk products has yet to find any market as few consumers rate weedkiller yoghurt drinks as dietary supplements.

Supermilket

“After years of investigations into the big supermarkets using their muscle to squeeze farming suppliers, … frequent sharp and unpredictable rises and falls in milk price are driving dairy farmers out of business every week.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/20/fine-supermarkets-unfairly-squeezed-milk-suppliers-mps)

A supermarket representative resolved to squeeze them till the teats squeak.