Free Market Capitalism is the Best Way to keep Workers from Bathing in the Milk we Buy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 29th, 2014

Week in Review

Competition makes everything better.  If there was only one restaurant in town they could serve pretty bad food.  Because if the people don’t have time to cook for themselves where else are they going to go?  This restaurant could use ingredients past their ‘use by’ dates.  Meats discounted by stores because they passed their shelf life date.  They could use canned goods they heat up in a microwave.  Using the cheapest ingredients that can be cooked the least amount of time by the fewest people.  To keep costs down.  It can work.  Until there is competition.

If a restaurant opened next door that cooked only with fresh ingredients and did not use a microwave oven their food is going to taste a lot better.  And people will stop going to that other restaurant to enjoy the better quality next door.  This is why competition makes everything better.  Because people choose what’s best for them.  And if a business continually strives to exceed a customer’s expectations their customers will keep coming back.  If they don’t people will just take their business elsewhere.  And businesses will run tight ships.  To make sure no one brings harm to their brand.  Because if they didn’t something like this could happen (see Russian dairy plant closed after workers bathe in the milk by Sergei L. Loiko posted 3/28/2014 on the Los Angeles Times).

A Siberian dairy plant was temporarily closed Friday after its workers had been found bathing in milk, a Russian consumer oversight agency reported.

Trade House Cheeses, a dairy producer in Omsk, about 1,600 miles east of Moscow, was closed for 90 days by regional authorities for an urgent inspection after complaints resulting from photographs and a video posted by one of its employees on a Russian social network.

In the photographs and video clips posted on New Year’s Eve by worker Artyom Romanov, a group of undressed employees relax in a container of milk as part of their celebration. While still partly undressed, they then demonstrate cheese making in a clownish manner…

After the video appeared on NTV, a federal television network, many residents of Omsk refused to buy products made at the plant, an NTV report said this week…

“For five years Russia has been languishing in a so-called experiment of practically exercising no control over consumer production after a law was introduced limiting inspections of such facilities to only once every three years,” said Yanin, the board chairman of the Russian Confederation of Consumer Societies, a Moscow-based group…

The average salary of a sanitary inspector is equal to $500 a month, but instead of raising that, the government decided to try to prevent the inspectors from taking bribes by in effect seriously curbing their ability to control production norms and practices, Yanin said.

Of course, this is the wrong conclusion to draw from this. The problem isn’t lax inspections by underpaid inspectors.  The proper conclusion is in a previous paragraph.  That conclusion is why we don’t have these problems in the United States.  Or if we do they are very rare.  The same goes for other capitalistic societies based on free markets.  Unlike the communism they once had in Russia.  Or the crony capitalism they now have in Russia.  Because communism and crony capitalism are corrupt systems.  Government establishes and maintains monopolies.  Either by force under communism.  Or by bribes and kickbacks under crony capitalism.  Which, of course, eliminates competition.  And THIS is the problem here.  As the residents of Omsk identify.  Who refused to buy an inferior product.

You could get rid of all the inspectors in the United States and this problem would not be any more prevalent than it is now.  Why?  Because of competition.  Especially in the age of social media.  For business have lost sales for just appearing to think ‘incorrectly’ on social issues.  Just imagine what would happen if a video like this came from an American dairy.  The backlash would be the worst conceivable.  And this would happen before any government action.  That backlash would spread to every store throughout the nation.  Nay, to every capitalistic country based on free markets in the world where that brand sells its products.  People would pause as they reached for a product from this dairy on their supermarket shelf.  And move to the left or to the right.  And pick up a product from another dairy.

This is what keeps American dairies clean.  And every other established brand.  For with competition consumers can reach for another product on the shelf.  And once they do because they lost faith in a brand for any reason (such as cleanliness) it could take a very long time for that brand to reestablish the trust of the consumer.  Costing it billions in lost revenue.  This is why food businesses are cleaner in capitalistic countries based on free markets.  Because of competition and profit.  The two best protectors a consumer can have.

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Price of Beef and Dairy Goods rise as Midwest Drought leaves less Corn for Food and Ethanol

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 30th, 2012

Week in Review

The Midwest drought has reduced corn yields.  Greatly raising the price of corn.  Good for famers who have corn to sell.  But not so good for people who buy that corn.  From those who make ethanol.  To those who feed livestock with it.  And the drought also reduced the amount of food available to export to impoverished, hungry nations.  As well as raising food prices in U.S. grocery stores.  From beef to eggs to milk to cheese.  It has hit dairy farms in California especially hard (see Calif dairies going broke due to feed, milk prices by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press, posted 9/29/2012 on Yahoo! News).

Across California, the nation’s largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.

Experts say California dairymen face a double whammy: exorbitant feed costs and lower milk prices. The Midwest drought has led to corn and soybean costs increasing by more than 50 percent this summer, stressing dairymen from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Missouri. But in California, milk prices have also lagged behind those in the rest of the nation, exacerbating the crisis.

Not helping those “exorbitant feed costs” is the ethanol mandate that requires us to burn some of this reduced food crop in our cars as fuel.  Which the government has refused to waive.  Despite fervent requests from those who have to cull their herds because they can’t afford to feed them.  But environmentalism wins out over people.  And cows.  More people go hungry because of the cost of food.  And dairy farmers send their cows to slaughter because they can’t afford to feed them.

Save the planet.  Kill the people.  And cows.  Especially when you have to please your environmentalist base when going into the 2012 elections.

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The U.S. Government Focuses on Embryonic Stem Cells, Cheese and Cow Burps

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 8th, 2010

Embryonic Stem Cells no Longer the Last Best Hope?

Embryonic stem cells.  A very polarizing topic.  Some say they could cure the incurable.  Others say that using them is nothing more than harvesting human life.  Their potential so far has been mostly theoretical.  Unlike adult stem cells, which we have had success in treating patients. 

Obviously, this is a Right vs. Left dispute.  The pro-life Right being ‘con’.  The pro-choice Left being ‘pro’.  And the Left played to our emotions.  Promising they would let Christopher Reeve walk again.  And a Parkinson-stricken Michael J. Fox made a very emotional appeal on behalf of Democrats.  Calling embryonic stem cells the last best hope.

Meanwhile, in Canada, they’re turning skin into blood (see Scientists turn skin into blood posted on Breitbart).  Your blood.  From your skin.  A perfect genetic match.  Without using embryonic stem cells.  It promises to help in treating anemia, with chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.  This is doing some of what embryonic stem cells promised to do.  Only better.

Stem cells that are derived from human embryos hold significant promise for medical breakthroughs but also carry risks, such as the potential to create tumors.

Good news indeed.  Less controversy.  Less risk.  More promise.  Even Left and Right can agree.  This is good.

From Cutting the Cheese to Force-Feeding Us the Cheese

Over in the United States, they’re making progress elsewhere.  They’re looking at greenhouse gas emissions.  Emitted by cow burps (see UNH scientists to study cow burps . . . and more by Clynton Namuo, New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent, posted on Union Leader).  Apparently, they’ve been studying cow flatulence, too, for they note cows emit more methane from belching than from cutting the cheese.  And when government is not studying cow burps and other gaseous emissions, what are they doing?  Why, they’re trying to kill us.

Michelle Obama is campaigning against obesity while at the same time the federal government is trying to get us to eat more cheese (see While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales by Michael Moss posted on The New York Times.)  Why?  Well, the federal government used to buy surplus dairy products to help dairy farmers keep dairy prices high.  With this artificial demand, dairy production boomed.  And the federal government was running out of space to store the surplus.  So they came up with the idea to get people to eat more of these saturated fats-loaded products.

Dairy Management [a marketing creation of the United States Department of Agriculture], through the “Got Milk?” campaign, has been successful at slowing the decline in milk consumption, particularly focusing on schoolchildren. It has also relentlessly marketed cheese and pushed back against the Agriculture Department’s suggestion that people eat only low-fat or fat-free varieties.

And they do this despite knowing better.

Agriculture Department data show that cheese is a major reason the average American diet contains too much saturated fat.

In other words, it’s all that cheese we’re eating that is making us so obese.

The Lack of Partisanship May Be Killing Americans

There’s a lot of talk about people being tired of partisanship.  But when the U.S. Government counts killing Americans with heart disease as one of their fiscal tools, I think we could all use a little more partisanship.  With friends like government we don’t need any enemies.  And if they’re looking to kill us in an indirect way to cut their agriculture budget, one can only wonder what they will do to cut their Obamacare budget.  All of a sudden those ‘death panels’ don’t seem so farfetched.

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