Kara O’Connor’s article is entitled, Don’t Let TPP Sink US Dairy Industry but we like our title above. She starts with NAFTA causing Mexican dairy farmers to fail and illegally come to the US. There must have been lots of those folks.
Sidebar: TPP is borderline free trade and some free traders have come out against it. It seems to be dead and it seems unlikely that the president-elect will revive it. So why did O’Connor write it? End Sidebar.
Then she sees the problem as this three cushion shot:
Canadian farmers years ago realized the problem of oversupply, and came together to prevent it through a quota system. As a result, Canadian farmers can actually make a living and afford to modernize on a farm of 100 cows or fewer. [Our comment: And Canadian consumers pay extra for milk and milk products because of the cartel.]
However, if the Trans-Pacific Partnership passes, the Canadian oversupply control system will be dismantled. American exports to Canada will increase, pay prices in Canada will drop, and thousands of Canadian dairy farms will go under. I take no joy in the fact that by pushing them under we can make it another year. I would rather that all dairy farmers keep their heads above water.