Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fair Price

The farmers are asking for a fair price for their milk. They want to know why people - consumers - will except such a low price for something that is regarded as a special and valuable food. My father was always saying to me that life wasn't fair. He was trying to alert me to a basic unfairness that always seems to exist - parents do this to encourage children to be realistic. That doesn't mean things have to be accepted quietly though! The farmers here are making the point that milk is being traded for less than it's value. Many farmers are being paid less than 20 cent for a litre of milk. Milk, like bread, seems to have lost the symbolic force it once possessed.