America has lost more than half of its dairy farmers since 1996, largely due to a broken pricing system and rampant corruption in the dairy industry. The United States Congress needs to hear from the public that we are concerned about our milk supply and the family dairy farmers nationwide whose livelihoods are at stake.
Our current dairy market has been consolidated into a handful of dairy processors and manufacturers that effectively control our market supply by not paying dairy farmers enough to cover their costs of producing the milk. This never-ending pursuit of cheap food will lead to fewer family-owned dairy farms and larger corporate farms, resulting in further environmental degradation and rural wastelands. To add insult to injury, the U.S. will import millions of pounds of unneeded dairy products and dairy 'ingredients' this year from countries with fewer regulations and questionable quality control. This will provide more opportunities for tainted dairy products, such as melamine-laced infant formula, to enter the U.S. food supply.
To prevent an impending catastrophe among our dairy farmers and consumers, we must pass Senate Bill 1640. SB 1640 will reform our dairy pricing structure, giving farmers a fair price and preventing price manipulation by dairy processors. It's time to stand up to the corporations and policies that have stifled the voice of a hardworking and integral part of the United States economy--the dairy farmer.