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European farmers protest milk prices below 75 % of the cost of production

Here’s an excerpt from a story by Stephen Castle, from NY Times. Note that the story says Europe is planning to phase out quotas by 2015. What does that imply about the future of supply management in Canada’s dairy industry?

A farmer sprayed milk on policemen during a protest against falling milk prices outside the E.U.’s headquarters in Brussels, where agricultural ministers discussed its policies at an emergency meeting. Photo George Gobet/AFP/Getty

A farmer sprayed raw milk on policemen during a protest against falling milk prices outside the E.U.’s headquarters in Brussels, where agricultural ministers discussed its policies at an emergency meeting. Photo George Gobet/Agency France Press/Getty Images, via NY Times

“BRUSSELS — After months of complaints by European dairy farmers angry over low prices, protesters in Brussels on Monday poured milk onto the streets, hurled eggs and other missiles, and started fires that filled the air with black smoke.

Police helicopters hovered overhead as hundreds of tractors — and some cattle — blockaded the area outside the European Union’s headquarters while agriculture ministers met in an emergency meeting.

The gathering of ministers, convened after pressure from France, failed to produce any breakthroughs apart from a decision to set up a committee to report on the dairy industry in June.

Monday’s protest was the latest by farmers who dumped around three million liters of milk on fields in Belgium last month. Continue reading

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