|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Einstein Does Not Run the Dairy Industry
Albert Einstein does not run the dairy industry. If he did, dairy marketing geniuses might have a clue as to how to make their own numbers work. On July 7th, a major decision will be made to implement a new program called Cooperatives Working Together (CWT). The CWT acronym is actually a dairy insider's joke. Every farmer knows that CWT refers to hundredweight, and that's how farmers are paid for their milk, by each hundred pounds produced. Industry insiders calculate that by reducing 1.5 billion pounds of milk production (170 billion pounds of milk will be produced this year), they will raise the CWT wholesale milk prices. Four years ago, farmers were getting $18 per CWT. Today, they net $9 and change. What the dairy industry has not done is examine the addition of imported dairy milk protein (casein) to American food products. Such practice is illegal, violating FDA and USDA regulations. How do dairy farmers allow such betrayal? Easy. They themselves are betrayed by their own leaders who make secret deals in Washington, D.C. corridors, far from the farm. Ten billion pounds of foreign milk was produced during the past 12 months, and protein from that milk was isolated and concentrated into American cheese products like Cheez Whiz. Dairy-rocket scientists figure that eliminating 1.5 billion pounds of American milk will restore milk prices and end dairy farmer woes. Why not eliminate the market for 10 billion pounds of foreign milk instead? These dairymen need a leader who is able to add two and two. Got brains? http://www.nmpf.org/newsFlash/index.cfm?sectionsCode =PR&nfID=137 I spoke to the man who runs the CWT program, Walt Wosje. (703-243-6111). I outlined the same points that you've read in the first two paragraphs of this column. His response: "I agree with you, but that's somebody else's bailiwick. Look, I hate to be rude, but I'm up to my eyeballs in CWT business." We said our goodbyes. Milk Protein & Fat Imports If you owned one of the 9.1 million dairy cows in America, and she produced the average milk yield after mowing your lawn, you would end up with 50 pounds of milk each day. If you could divide the milk into its basic components, forty-four of those pounds would be water. You would also end up with 2.33 pounds of carbohydrates, 1.7 pounds of fat (butter), less than 1/3 pound of minerals and ash, and 1.65 pounds of protein. Eighty percent of milk protein is casein, so your 50 pounds of milk would net 1.32 pounds of casein. During 2002, American dairy processors such as Kraft Foods, imported over 240 million pounds of casein from Europe and Asia. This milk protein was used primarily for artificial cheese. Got Cheez Whiz? Working backwards, we can determine that 41.67 pounds of milk will produce one pound of casein. So, over 10 billion pounds of foreign milk were processed to create imported casein protein concentrate. What else is imported into America? Last year, 210 million pounds of a substance called chocolate block. It takes little imagination to guess what chocolate block is used for. By definition, chocolate block contains at least 45% milk fat. Since a 100 pound chocolate block must contain 45 pounds of fat, and since the 50 pounds of milk from your cow yield just 1.7 pounds of fat, we can determine that 1,324 pounds of milk would make one chocolate block. Ergo, 2.1 million chocolate blocks required 2.8 billion pounds of milk. In America, it is illegal to add concentrated milk protein extracts to cheese and then label that product as "cheese." Of course, the dairy industry does this. You will find many Kraft products in violation of USDA and FDA laws. The same can be said of cheeses used for some commercial pizzas. Casein concentrate is expensive to produce. Much of it comes from Kiev, an area of the Soviet Union best known for the Chernobyl nuclear accident. This milk is plentiful and cheap, and so is the powder added to American foods. Casein is a tenacious glue. Consume casein, and your body produces histamines, and then mucus. The more casein Americans eat, the higher become our national asthma rates. The bottom line: Casein is dangerous. More casein powder can be hazardous to one's health. Adding casein to concentrated milk products is illegal, but that's now a common practice. As dairy farmers go out of business, one can look overseas to one of the causes, foreign casein. Foreign dairymen flood American markets while American dairy farmers, betrayed by their own insiders, drown in debt. *********************** Notmilkman Saves the Dairy Industry (I had a dream) Some people call me a visionary, while others see my visions as their worst nightmare. I dream of a dairy-free world in which people take back their health from ignorant physicians who lack the vision, schooling, and knowledge of scientific links between dairy consumption and illness. I see a world in which humans eat a plant-based diet, and live free of cancer and heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and asthma. I admire the dairyman's work ethic, but detest his product. I do everything I can to put his farm out of business, and, in doing so, allow the farmer to enter a job market and apply that same work ethic to a career which will better provide for his family, while recapturing more leisure time for himself. So...anything that I do to help dairy farmers in the way of economic survival might be seen as a contradiction of who I am, but I cannot ignore what came to me in a dream a few nights ago. I have told a few people privately of my dream. I did not comprehend its full meaning until now. Suddenly, in a burst of clarity, there was comprehension. This all relates back to yesterday's Notmilk column in which I related the current dairy farmer's plight. Wholesale milk prices are at an historic low, and without subsidy dollars (welfare checks), the dairy business would be financially bankrupt. The dairy industry solution is to get farmers to produce 1.5 billion pounds less milk. Yesterday's column revealed that 10 billion pounds of cheap foreign milk produced in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is concentrated into milk protein powder and exported into America where it is converted into cheese. Eliminating that 10 billion pounds of milk would be more effective than producing 1.5 billion pounds of milk in America. http://www.notmilk.com/betrayal.html One night earlier this week, after absorbing all of this information, I went to bed and had a dream. There was a field of cows nursing calves. A man in a flannel shirt held a bucket in one hand and a paint brush in the other. The bucket was filled with honey. He walked from cow to cow applying that honey to each animal's udder. Aside from the metaphor of "a land filled with milk and honey," the dream made no immediate sense to me, yet, I felt so very strongly that it held a subliminal message. What are dreams, if not secret messages merged by the id, ego, and superego? There had to be disguised meaning, and I searched for a few days, frustrated that I could find no revelation...and then it came to me early Thursday morning before the first light of dawn. Why not feed calves their own mother's milk instead of an artificial milk replacer that is now fed to calves? The original land filled with milk and honey was a land in which Jewish slaves in Egypt who had their firstborn sons slaughtered would now be free to breastfeed. Dairy cows are also slaves. Why not raise their own children on the sweetness of their own milk? I calculated the financial meaning of this to dairy farmers. There are presently 9.15 million cows being milked each day in America. Every cow must birth a child to continue lactating. That represents 9.15 million calves. Those who are male become veal or grow to become burgers. Those born female are heifers raised to replace their own mothers. Approximately 4.6 million heifers. The female calves are fed one gallon of colostrum within an hour after birth, for the lactoferrins and immunoglobulins are critically important in guaranteeing their growth and survival. The calves are then immediately separated from their mothers. What would happen if 4.6 million calves were each fed just one gallon of her own mother's milk (about 9 pounds) each day for ten weeks? The amount of milk consumed by 4.6 million calves for seventy days would equal 2.9 billion pounds, nearly twice the volume they are presently seeking to reduce. Keep in mind that dairymen are seeking to cut back on the production of 1.5 billion pounds of milk in order to raise wholesale prices by $2 per hundredweight. Eliminating twice as much milk from the market might raise prices even more, but let's assume the same $12 to this basic formula price. Based upon current wholesale prices dairy farmers get for their milk (class 3, used for making cheese), the average heifer would require 630 pounds of milk at a cost of $10 per CWT over the ten-week period. Dairymen predict that eliminating 1.5 billion pounds of milk would result in $12 per CWT milk. If an imaginary dairyman with 100 cows (each producing 20,000 pounds of milk per year) was to continue receiving $10 per hundredweight, his yearly production of 2,000,000 pounds of milk would generate $200,000 in gross income. If that same dairymen fed 50 of his female calves (heifers) with their own mother's milk for seventy days, he would lose 31,500 pounds of milk representing $3,150 dollars (at the current price of $10 per hundredweight). The remaining 1,969,500 pounds of milk at $12 per hundredweight would generate a gross income of $236,340. From this scenario, the farmer would generate an additional 18% profit. For him, that extra $36,340 would be "cream." Double the financial gain if the male calves are fed their mother's milk too. Many animal rights activists protest the conditions in which babies are confined so that their flesh can become veal. Let them too be free, nursing from their mothers. Six billion pounds of milk diverted from the market to their bodies will produce a better quality of meat for producers. Compassionate farming is the goal of many AR groups. This measure would satisfy much of the protest and negate the need for those laws that many organizations are currently lobbying congress to enact. Such a change in dairy herd management would solve most of the financial challenges and problems faced by dairy farmers. Feeding calves their mother's milk would provide for healthier, happier creatures. Such a change would be applauded by animal rights activists. In fact, such a change makes so much sense...that it will probably never happen. Perhaps it's because I am the one to have thought of it. My dream of a land of milk and honey for dairy cows is so incredibly logical, and if it is adopted will save thousands of dairy farms this year. My dream is to let this happen from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let this happen from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let this happen from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that, let this happen from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let this happen from every hill and molehill of Mississippi and every mountainside. That is my dream.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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