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Forget The ´Dairy Cliff´ —
People Have Been Drinking Less
And Less Milk For The Last 30 Years

Business Insider, by Rob Wile

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/29/2012 5:55:31 AM

Among the many cliffs America faces on Jan. 1 is the "dairy cliff." That´s the scenario where Congress fails to pass a farm bill to extend agricultural subsidies, which in turn would cause milk prices to soar. But USDA data shows 2011 milk sales reached their lowest levels since 1984, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel´s Rick Barrett. In September, Barrett wrote that total U.S. beverage milk sales last year were 53 billion pounds - about 6 billion gallons, he reports. Plus, more than half of all adults no longer drink milk at all, data site Informa recently reported.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/29/2012 5:58:39 AM     (No. 9088295)

Not me. I love milk and since osteoporosis runs in the females of my family, I figure I need all the calcium I can get.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/29/2012 6:42:05 AM     (No. 9088305)

I´ve never liked milk and my father had a dairy for several years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 12/29/2012 6:57:29 AM     (No. 9088318)

Cold milk and a fudgy brownie = one of the best meals in life.

On the other hand, it is quite normal for adults to exhibit lactose intolerance as the years go on.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/29/2012 7:05:56 AM     (No. 9088324)

Another sky is falling article.

Anybody who would care about cost of milk gets free food already (Food Stamps). So ... nobody cares.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/29/2012 7:08:27 AM     (No. 9088326)

Oh? What about milk in other forms: cheese, yogurt, ice cream, gelato, whey (in a lot of foods), café au lait, infant formula, desserts, puddings, and other stuff I can´t recall offhand. Oops--an old favorite, White Russian.

Any product containing milk will go up in price if the subsidies aren´t renewed. Best solution would be to phase in increases over a period of time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/29/2012 7:09:37 AM     (No. 9088327)

I´m 61. No lactose intolerance here, and I do care about the cost of milk and dairy. I don´t get food stamps and food costs are making me wince every time I go to the store.

I hear they are going up about 4 percent this year. Curse you, ethanol.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/29/2012 7:19:05 AM     (No. 9088339)

"more than half of all adults no longer drink milk at all"

And then they wonder why there is so much obesity...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: wytammic, 12/29/2012 7:44:03 AM     (No. 9088358)

Shoot, the hubby and I go through 4 gallons per week. Yum. It´s our favorite beverage.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/29/2012 7:48:05 AM     (No. 9088366)

#6, you don´t understand. This "Dairy Cliff" story is just a way to get people to say "Oh no, don´t cut that program!!" It´s a way to not cut anything.

Our local town had some forced cutbacks made necessary by Gov Christie. To make sure that everybody shared the pain on day one, they closed the recycling center. They said they could not afford to pay her 5 hours per week. Forced everyone to drive 10 miles to the county facility.

Point is, this is just a cut that everybody will see (as opposed to cutting obamaPhones)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: altoona, 12/29/2012 7:49:38 AM     (No. 9088369)

I think #7 is on to something. All the serious milk drinkers I know are thin people.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Judith, 12/29/2012 7:54:51 AM     (No. 9088384)

What do you think folks? A war on women and children? Our nitwit politicians can scream this is a war on women and children. But then again, isn´t that exactly what the dem party does? Liberal ideas seem to have a HUGE, bad effect on women and children.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/29/2012 8:15:20 AM     (No. 9088408)

Spend a few years in a third world country at local income levels and you will realize what a boon cheap, plentiful, pure milk is. We are thoroughly spoiled (pardon the pun) in this country.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/29/2012 8:51:33 AM     (No. 9088440)

I had to switch to almond milk for my morning coffee and cereal a few years back but I still keep some on the real stuff on hand for baking because you can´t mash potatoes or cream peas with almond milk.

I suspect the biggest drop off in use may be because families dine together less and less. My mother insisted us kids all have milk at mealtime while left to out own devises we would have reached for soda or juice drinks.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/29/2012 9:04:12 AM     (No. 9088458)

Another milk drinker here ... and yogurt and cheese. I probably drink enough to make up for those 50% who don´t.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Muncssister, 12/29/2012 9:06:17 AM     (No. 9088465)

I´m just curious what the powerful milk and dairy lobby has to say about all of this... Are they dreaming of a milk bailout? A law that says everyone on food stamps must leave the store with a gallon of milk each week?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/29/2012 9:29:20 AM     (No. 9088495)

I hate milk, love yogurt, ice cream and pudding, but as for drinking milk, ick.
My Mom thought I should drink milk and it made me toss up. Gross!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lefticide, 12/29/2012 9:42:13 AM     (No. 9088511)

If we let the free market decide, milk prices will only go up for a short while. Once consumers refuse to buy expensive milk and demand goes down, the producers will be forced to lower prices or let it sit and sour in the dairies. The laws of supply and demand always work as long as the gov´t doesn´t meddle.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: shamrock, 12/29/2012 10:19:50 AM     (No. 9088560)

Wrong #17, the dairy industry is so heavily subsidized that they wouldn´t know market forces if it bit them in the teat. For the children and all that rot. What will happen is there will be another buyout, where the government pays dairy farmers to sell off their cows at huge prices, which the tax payers pay for, then they start rebuilding. The last time this happened, a local dairy farmer built the biggest house I had ever seen around here.

Milk is not good for you, unless it is fresh and raw. Even then it taste like drinking snot.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: pickle1, 12/29/2012 10:25:55 AM     (No. 9088566)

They don´t know my hubby.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mean Gene, 12/29/2012 11:54:26 AM     (No. 9088695)

Back in the ´60s the food stamp program handed out actual food in CA.
I met powdered milk from that.
It is wonderful to cook with!
We don´t go through enough fresh milk to buy big amounts, so powdered is great.
Too bad the SNAP doesn´t hand out corn meal, pancake mix, rice, beans powdered milk, sugar, and so on.
We wouldn´t have 50 million people on it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jalo1951, 12/29/2012 12:12:44 PM     (No. 9088725)

Don´t just think of a frosty glass of milk think of everything that is a dairy product. Milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, cream for coffee or whipping cream, yogurt, cottage cheese etc. Then milk products are also used in the making of other food products. Food prices are going up and a lot of us do not get food stamps.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/29/2012 12:48:21 PM     (No. 9088766)

Got milk? Only for baking and cooking. Lactose intolerant ... milk = out of sync digestive track But cheese now that´s a good thing. The curds have a whey about them

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Reply 23 - Posted by: patpgmr, 12/29/2012 12:49:44 PM     (No. 9088773)

I loved milk; wish I could still drink regular milk and eat regular dairy products.

Lactose intolerance has reached a critical level for me (65 now), which I don´t wish on anyone! You have no idea how many prepared foods contain milk products containing lactose (bread, for example), until you are ultra sensitive to it.

Fortunately, there are now lactose-free milk, cottage cheese, and ice cream available. For the other foods, lactase caplets help to mitigate some of the symptoms.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/29/2012 1:31:44 PM     (No. 9088842)

Milk and dairy produce are goung to be held hostage to the passing of some big necessary spending bill. Congress has a really bad habit of attaching totally unrelated bills, hoping nobody noticed what was attached to one of their "must pass at all costs" efforts. If this doesn´t demonstrate the need to reform the way Congress does business who knows what will?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: beca, 12/30/2012 8:07:37 AM     (No. 9089692)

i dont believe people are drinking less milk...what bunk

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