- Own brand 2 litre - $2.47
- Organic 2 litre - $8.67
So I won't claim to know much about cows, dairies or animal husbandry in the dairy industry. But for the life of me, I can't see how there can be a difference of over $6 in the price of 2 litres of milk. If we were buying the organic stuff, we'd be flat broke by now. Two kids will happily drain 2 to 3 litres per day, and with a third one about to hit the cow stuff, I'm glad we have bought a fridge that can easily hold six litres of the white moo.
Either the organic industry is making super-profits, or they are catastrophically inefficient.
Think for a minute though what will happen to the family budget if we are forced down the organic road. Our weekly milk spend would go from $20 (I'm calculating on 8 x 2 litre bottles) to $69.37 - a massive increase. And think of the downstream impacts on yoghurt, cheese, cream, sour cream, custard and so on if the eco-loons get their dastardly way. Whilst falling milk prices hurt small dairy farmers and drive them out of the industry, it has meant a generation growing up with plenty of calcium and strong bones. You don't see too many stunted kids these days. Even the poor can afford to drink milk. Hell, it's probably cheaper than bottled water.
But if the price went up 3.5 times, the impact on struggling families would be disastrous. We need cheap milk, so bugger the organic option.
And if you do hear a watermelon telling you that all dairies must go organic, just ask them, "Don't you love how some greenies will happily grind the faces of the poor to make their bread?"