European Dairy Farmers Unveil New Lactation Cannon. World Trembles.

After months of complaints by European dairy farmers angry over low prices, protesters in Brussels on Monday poured milk onto the streets, hurled eggs and other missiles, and started fires that filled the air with black smoke. Police helicopters hovered overhead as hundreds of tractors - and some cattle -- blockaded the area outside the European Union's headquarters while agriculture ministers met in an emergency meeting.

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12 Responses:

    • gordonzola says:

      Aha! Now we know why the EU didn't allow bovine growth hormone... it wasn't health worries, it was concern about the extra volume and range the farmers would get with their milk canons!

  1. jered says:

    That's an awesome picture, but... uhm, why don't they cut production? Supply/demand and all that?

    I love Europe, but sometimes their market distorting ways get to me..

    • rmitz says:

      You can only cut production so far before you don't have enough money to pay your bills.

      • jered says:

        Yes, and then you stop raising cows and start planting rutabagas, or getting a CS degree and making web pages. When the problem is "too much milk", the solution is not "keep making more, and subsidize its production by more than 1 billion dollars a year".

        • rmitz says:

          I agree, however, if you do want to suppress the price of milk as a societal good, then the subsidy makes sense.

          • spendocrat says:

            Also the security issue of making sure you've got an industry producing such things in your own country for when a major war breaks out.

    • spendocrat says:

      There's a crazy circle of subsidies which the EU, the US, and most commonwealth countries play a part in. Actual demand plays little role in setting food prices - if prices were allowed to float free from government interference, we'd all pay a lot more for food.

      If one group (the UK, say) were to stop subsidizing their farmers, you wouldn't get natural prices... the still-subsidized farmers from other countries would continue to sell at their low, low subsidized prices and all the farmers in the non-subsidizing country would go broke.

      This might not be as relevant for perishables like milk, I'm not sure, but it's definitely the state of the world for grain.

  2. i_e_d says:

    Udder nonsense

  3. takeapeek says:

    hahaha that picture is awesome!

  4. gths says:

    "Dude, you shouldn't do that, it isn't even pasteurised!"