Golden milk, silver horn

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Last Sunday the cows came down to the valleys. In piazza San Carlo in Turin, the good people of the city incorporating a car park, were protesting about the expensive milk. The cows are milked as well as the consumers.
From the cowshed to the table, milk is subject to a financial transformation. A litre goes from 0.32 cents to 1.4 euro a litre. To the producer, milk is valued at less than mineral water. Often the cow owner doesn’t cover the costs.
The Coldiretti protests for the management of milk quotas. They ask that the provenance of milk and its derivatives should be indicated so that we can avoid eating Belgian or Ukrainian milk products sold as Italian. The milk quotas have had up and down times. The memory of manure splattered at a State official is still vivid. I have to admit, as regards the milk quotas I’m still investigating but with limited results. I don’t understand why Italy, with demand that is greater than the supply set down in law, is obliging the producers to close down or to throw away excess milk. I don’t understand why we can’t buy unbottled milk directly from the associations of producers in public distribution points. The cost would be less than a euro a litre. We wouldn’t throw the bottle away. We wouldn’t be fattening up the parasites on the cows: the distributors, the transporters and the advertisers. And we’d know where the milk is coming from. We could even adopt a cow at a distance.. We could go and visit it every so often with the children. A tour of the cowshed at the weekend, like you do with the wine cellars.
The Coldiretti estimates family expenditure on food and drink as 467 euro a month. 230 euro (51%) goes on sales and services, 140 (30%) to the food industry and 89 (19%) to the producers. Producers and consumers count as much as the 2 of spades in briscola or like Fassino in the DS. Prices go up, but the prices of what, if milk increases its value by almost fivefold from the cow to the supermarket?

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Hello everyone,
If my recollection doesn’t fail me, Mr. Prodi just stated verbatim “Italy hasn’t grown this much in the last ten years!” as of today the estimated rate of growth will go from 2% of GDP to 1.8%.
Mr. Prodi (Same way his predecessor!) are very prone to misleading the electorate.
Mr. Prodi statements:
1) De-regulations will be implemented across whole markets! (Not even taxies are available)
2) Banks are the costlier in the whole Europe! (After Mr. Bersani DDL cost went up?)
3) Oil Company decreased gasoline 0.04 Euro upon reviews; a review panel was established to justify high gasoline prizes! (Has anybody heard anything?)
The fact is that these Incompetent Idiots are so much apart of the rotten system, and only when an uprising of tired and abuse citizen will apply the same abuses upon them with a vengeance?
Mr. Berlusconi promised and had in his campaign promise to establish the neighborhood police program at the tune of 700 and some out millions Euro!
Has anyone seen any of this phantom Police?
Still believe in what they promise?
When the going gets tough the tough goes shopping!
Enel bought Endesa of Spain, few nuclear plants in East Europe, all with the money currently gouging from Italian consumers that pays the highest Electrical bills in the continent.
Rest my case

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | September 18, 2007 01:39 PM

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