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My only disappointment was that the 2009 mergers and aquisitions by the Mexican dairy giant LaLa are not mentioned here. These mergers ended up with LaLa being the second largest dairy complex in the US and the fifth largest in the world, according to a CNN analysis.
But the environmental and social consequences of industrial dairy production are well pictured in this book.
Kirk Kardashian was first a lawyer (Vermont Law 2004) and then a freelance writer and now is a senior writer at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He got interested in the dairy industry because of his daughter’s daycare at a local Vermont dairy. He wanted to understand how the family could work so hard and yet never get ahead financially. Thus, in 2009 he launched into a deep investigation of the dairy industry and published Milk Money in 2012. “I wanted to know how the dairy industry had arrived at its current location...I wanted to uncover the implications of that journey...And I wanted to know how we might navigate to a place more just, prosperous, and sustainable” (xv). He is not a dairy farmer, nor evidently had any family in dairying. This is not a limiting factor on his work, it just gives insight that he is looking in and not within.
The book is very easy to read and peppered with entertaining descriptions of characters people ranging from dairymen to animal rights activists to migrant workers and veterinarians. It also has simple chapter titles such as “The Workers” and “The Animals” that make it possible to just read a chapter and come back to the book later. The early chapters give an overview of dairy statistics, the evolution of dairying, and the mutant gene that allows the consumption of milk. The later chapters are focused more on one topic such as “The Environment,” with the final one focusing on a particular producer-handler in New York.Read more ›
Milk Money is a brief look at dairy farming in the USA. Ranging from the death of small dairy businesses, to stress on dairy farmers, conditions of dairy workers and farmhands, and the price of milk, almost every conceivable topic about milk is covered. There are internal looks at how some of the smaller and larger farms work. Why the industry is dying and farmers are going of business and to new businesses that are focused on quality are cropping up and thriving. There's even a look at the organic milk industry and how it really runs.
I wasn't really surprised by a lot of what I read in this book. Greed is a very big factor in America's food system and a lot of quality is cut to drive prices lower and lower. The way people treat animals says a lot about them and those cows are generally not treated the way you would expect from the sunny ads advertising milk on tv. As the writer, Kardashian presents a sometimes biased account of the farms and the big milk producers. His bias isn't without merit though, he provides facts to back up how he feels about these enterprises. But some of his comparisons are a little sensational and detract from the overall theme of the book.
This book is a quick read and for the most part easy to understand. There are sections (especially when we get to anti-trust laws and business laws) that are harder to understand and the sheer volume of acronyms makes things confusing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the first time in history, an author breaks down the leather curtain and exposes the milk industry for what it truly is. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by madriverman
Very good book about the death of the American dairy farm and how dairy farmers can try and get back on track.... LOVE IT!!!! :)Published on February 17, 2013 by Sydney Merten
This was a well research and written book on the milk industry. Easily understand by anyone interested in learning more about the industry and the forces affecting it.Published on December 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is an extensive primer into the history and current state of affairs of today's dairy industry. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Farmwife
I'm about halfway through this book and I'm really enjoying it. The book is very well written and strikes a nice balance of academic research on the issues surrounding small dairy... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Brian B. Robinson
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