Dairy Farmers Adapt to EU's Changing Conditions
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As the European Union ended its quota system in April 2015, the dairy sector was hit particularly hard. To anticipate in new markets such as Russia and China, many farmers had expanded their production and now have to sell their milk for a lower price than bottled water. As the Winnipeg Free Press reports, the EU Common Agricultural Policy now supports farmers, who voluntarily restrict their milk production.
One way to deal with their situation is for farmers to switch to organic milk production. If planned carefully, organic milk production can lead to lower production costs and higher milk prices. But even in the organic sector, the competition is on and farmers are regularly asked to restrict their production as well. The future for Europe’s milk farmers seems uncertain.
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