Too many producers of milk in France live below the poverty line. This is a scandal that those who feed the population are treated this way!
Farmers chose to act. Some butter producers have found better buyers in other countries which has created a shortage of butter in the supermarkets because they refused to increase their purchase price.
The media only covered the information partially by omitting the role of the distributors and simply said there was a shortage. This is false since farmers throw milk so as not to make the milk fall too low and sell it directly to people or via cooperatives.
Independent media like Le Monde speak the truth well.
Flour, butter and sugar are products of general interest. How is it that the French state does nothing when it is its responsibility to ensure distribution and it is only allowed for convenience to delegate to the distributor!
Farming is a complex business, not one to be left to market fluctuations. These are products that provide a means of subsistence, and there are major environmental issues involved in producing them. These are common goods, not commodities.
‘Farming is a dirty word now’: the woman helping farmers navigate a grim, uncertain future – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/09/farming-is-a-dirty-word-now-the-woman-helping-farmers-navigate-a-grim-uncertain-future
Thierry Roquefeuil, chairman of the milk-producers’ federation FNPL, told Bloomberg: “French retailers refuse to increase prices, even by few cents, even for butter. Dairy producers see that there’s an outside demand at higher prices so they sell abroad, and rightfully so: http://uk.businessinsider.com/butter-shortage-why-prices-are-rising-and-supply-is-falling-2017-10
Why millenials have food companies worried: http://www.farmfutures.com/farm-life/why-millennials-have-food-companies-worried
What Germany’s farmer strikes say about the mood in German society | DW News: https://youtu.be/oBmSWPCGDg8?si=56s7K5Xw7WT2e0Uk
Energy prices, taxes, immigration: What Germany’s protests are all about | DW News: https://youtu.be/Zt9mcMMgL5w?si=gh3JcZZ4sqq_t0UR
Coopérative “C’est qui le patron ?” : “Le destin des producteurs, c’est le nôtre” explique son fondateur Nicolas Chabanne – France Info: https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/ca-nous-marque/cooperative-c-est-qui-le-patron-le-destin-des-producteurs-c-est-le-notre-explique-son-fondateur-nicolas-chabanne_6313869.html