[Marxism] Growing number of local dairy farms shutting down

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 26 06:36:43 MST 2018

(From my hometown newspaper)

The dairy industry in much of the country has been in free fall, a 
result of increasing supply and decreasing demand. Americans simply 
don’t drink as much milk as they used to, and producers of still-popular 
butter, cheese, ice cream and yogurt have only been able to absorb so 
much of the surplus.



Many people choose almond milk for having a smaller carbon footprint 
when compared with dairy milk. What may be surprising, though, is that 
almond milk takes a toll on the environment in other ways. The main 
issues associated with almond milk production are water use and 
pesticide use, which may produce long lasting effects on the environment 
in drought-stricken California, where more than 80% of the world’s 
almonds are grown.

Commercial almond production in California requires diverting ground and 
surface waters from the state’s aqueduct system for irrigation. As cited 
in an article in the New York Times, it takes approximately 15 gallons 
of water to produce just 16 almonds, making almonds one of the most 
water-intensive crops in the state. Critics of almond milk’s status as a 
healthy alternative say that there aren’t enough nutritional benefits to 
justify the gallons of water necessary to grow almonds.


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