An article on TheDairySite.com reveals that Nestle is to invest in developing its largest milk district in China, to help the country deliver high quality and fresh milk.
The mayor of Shuangcheng has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nestle to jointly develop modern milk production to ensure the region becomes a leading milk district, “under the most professional management”.
The article then goes on to say that “the agreement will help all farmers working alone or on small farms in the milk district to be relocated to professionally managed dairy farms or large scale pastures and will help those who own larger farms to scale up their facilities and use more modern practices”.
China has a huge demand for dairy products that didn’t exist 20 years ago and it appears farmers in China are being fast-tracked towards industrial milk production in order to meet that demand. But, for whose benefit? Will Chinese milk producers live to regret the day they became employees of a huge Trans National Corporation (TNC) like Nestle? I have a feeling I know who will end up with all the profit from this exciting new venture.
Australian dairy farmer Terry Hehir warned of the risks of farmers surrendering power to TNC’s at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference and urged producers to collaborate in order to retain power. Farmers can be innovative, farmers can deliver what the consumer wants and Free Range Dairy wants to make sure that our high quality milk doesn’t simply become a commodity from which others profit.
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