While I agree with the general view of your post that if you genuinely can't afford branded milk then no on should judge, is it really ok that people should spend money on heavily marketed products like coke at the sake of saving our farming industry and not have those choices challenged?
Not saying you make those choices I just see this as having far reaching consequences for the economy so to the extent we can make better choices shouldn't we?
It's so hard. One of the so called independent milk companies here in WA has just been outed for exploiting small dairy farmers so it's very hard to make good choices.
After the Swan valley eggs disaster I feel we as consumers are just being lied to so often we stop believing anyone.
Exactly Sonja! I find buying eggs so hard now as most of 'free range' marketed eggs are not free range at all. I stand there for ages each time trying to remember the names of the good ones. I probably get it wrong.
I'm going to buy branded milk from now on. We usually buy branded milk for me (zymill or liddels lactose free) but i usually buy homebrand for the kids and they only use 2lt per week. Plus we have a good income so the extra $2 or so doesnt really matter to our overall groceries budget. As a PP said, i spend extra on free range eggs, why wouldnt I consider doing that for a farmer?
I think this campaign might be useful for families such as us to be conscience of our decision and think to ourselves 'actually we can afford this', instead of just always choosing cheapest option. And I feel like its families such as us changing which might help make the difference instead of those who cant afford to change, feel guilty (not saying anyone here is).
I have got to ask, how you guys use so much milk each week? Do you have lots of kids who drink it as a drink? Purely curious, I hiss can't imagine how we could even come close to using so much!
So no one jump down my throat as I admit I don't fully understand how the dairy industry works - But by doing this, are we simply lining the pockets of Devondale rather than Coles, who is equally ripping off the farmers - they just add more cost onto the consumer as well?
My understanding is the manufacturing dairy businesses are also paying farmers appalling prices for their milk just as Coles and Woolies do. The only difference is instead of making 50c a L profit, they are making $2.50.
It seems what needs to happen is that there needs to be a minimum price set per litre that farmers are paid.
Last edited by delirium; 20-05-2016 at 15:13.
I have a coffee most days now I am on mat leave. This is a proper coffee made with a coffee machine so is a cup of milk. DS has a 'babycino' when I do.
On the weekend DH and I both have coffees. Sometimes multiple. And milk in tea. And sometimes we make a chai latte.
Milk on cereal and in cooking/baking.
When not on mat leave we use less as I do not have a coffee every morning.
I'm not 100% sure what the benefit of buying dairy farmers or devondale is compared to this.
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