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Old 12-12-2012, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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In an age of vitamin waters and energy drinks, the decadeslong decline in U.S. milk consumption has accelerated, worrying dairy farmers, milk processors and grocery chains.

The industry "is coming to recognize this as a crisis," says Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Inc., a farmer-funded trade group that promotes milk products. "We cannot simply assume that we will always have a market."

America's Milk Business Is In a 'Crisis' - WSJ.com
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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I would also attribute it to the Health Nazis who have proclaimed that anything with a fat content above 1% is unacceptable and should be avoided in favor of such "natural" beverages as the vitamin waters and energy drinks, or alternatives perceived to be healthier (Soy for instance) which upon further investigation really are worse. Americans seem to thrive on bastardizing food items until it no longer resembles the original incarnation or find a way to deem it unhealthy, only to come full circle eventually to discover it's really not that bad in it's original state. Hopefully milk/dairy products move through that process sooner than later for the sake of the farmers/producers.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Maybe if they removed all these ridiculous processing laws and let people buy directly from the farmer we wouldn't have these problems.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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Maybe if they removed all these ridiculous processing laws and let people buy directly from the farmer we wouldn't have these problems.
I agree with this. Whatever that stuff is in the plastic cartons, it is not milk! I remember what milk in a carton tasted and smelled like in the 60's and I have had fresh milk and that stuff in the store isn't milk! We make fresh almond milk and avoid other dairy products. Seriously, I remember when milk and cottage cheese lasted like 3 days in the frig and now it last for 3 weeks or is it months now. Get Uncle Sam out of the milk business!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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Maybe if they removed all these ridiculous processing laws and let people buy directly from the farmer we wouldn't have these problems.
They tried that in several cities. The farmers started making money and they put a bunch of bureaucratic laws and red tape that caused the milkmen to raise their price and pay severely high taxes. They also made distribution difficult.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Ridiculous. A friend of mine was traveling in Europe last month. when she came home she told me the milk was the best she had ever had in her life. I asked her if it had cream on top. It did. Just plain old fresh milk. You have to sneak around like a drug dealer to get that stuff in the US.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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I agree with this. Whatever that stuff is in the plastic cartons, it is not milk! I remember what milk in a carton tasted and smelled like in the 60's and I have had fresh milk and that stuff in the store isn't milk! We make fresh almond milk and avoid other dairy products. Seriously, I remember when milk and cottage cheese lasted like 3 days in the frig and now it last for 3 weeks or is it months now. Get Uncle Sam out of the milk business!
Yup. Milk texture and taste is watery today. Milk use to be a tad bit "thick" with a creamy taste to it. I'm not a milk drinker but I remember what milk looked liked and tasted like and it wouldn't last one week even with preservatives.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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I don't drink it because I haven't liked the taste for quite a long time. The taste of plain milk is just not the same as it was when I was growing up.

I do still use whole milk in lattes, that is whenever I don't feel like making my own almond milk. It isn't hard to make, but sometimes I just am not able to spare the time to do so (if we are traveling or have a ton of things to get done).

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I used to love milk before I found out I was allergic to it---wondered what was causing those headaches and the stuffy nose. I remember real milk that came in glass bottles--yum.

Most of today's milk contains hormones that aren't good for you, especially for women because they raise the levels of estrogen and that can cause breast cancer.
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