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The Real Dairy Markets

July 16th, 2012

The dairy and poultry industry’s supply management system has seen its share of criticism over the years, criticism that is based on flawed assumptions, misinformation and misunderstanding.

I really challenge the idea that without supply management, retail prices for dairy products would fall. Retail prices are determined by stores, based on their calculations of what consumers are willing to pay, regardless of what farmers are paid for their milk or other crops. Supply management is in place to give farmers a fair share of the consumer spending. The four largest supermarket chains account for 75% of total Canadian food store sales, and the three largest dairy processors handle close to 80% of the milk produced on Canadian farms.

Would deregulation in Canada have an effect on retail prices? I doubt it!

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