When first switching to a plant-based diet, you might find yourself hovering in supermarket aisles checking ingredients lists… but to your surprise, you may find yourself putting your favourite bag of chips back on the shelf, after finding some form of milk listed in the ingredients…
Overproduction In The US
Dairy Laws In Europe
- Make sure the price of dairy remained consistent,
- allocate government funds to make sure dairy was profitable for farmers and
- to create rules that meant the competition would not become a problem.
What does this mean? …well in other words, these regulations outlined that the EEC (European governments) should:
- Buy surplus dairy from dairy farmers and get rid of it without selling it to the public (because selling to the public would interfere and reduce the overall value of dairy, making it less profitable for dairy farmers).
- Do special marketing for the dairy industry at the cost of the taxpayer
- Guarantee sales for dairy farmers
What Has This Got To Do With My Snacks?
The Bottom Line
So, next time you are at the supermarket, only to find yet another product unnecessarily containing dairy, you can now take comfort knowing it’s the world’s government’s making this happen, not the snack producer…. Oh wait, that is not comforting at all…
Sources: https://www.history.com/news/government-cheese-dairy-farmers-reagan https://www.goveganscotland.com/single-post/2017/11/25/Why-is-there-milk-in-everything https://www.prime.peta.org/2018/03/milk-money-why-the-government-promotes-the-dairy-industry-part-2/ https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030245952271