Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk


58 Responses to “Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk”

  1. xian says:

    That’s some serious lactose intolerance going on there.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Cops n’ Cream 3: Hosed

  3. Mitch_M says:

    What is it like for people in poor countries to see people in rich countries squandering food like that?

    • msbpodcast says:

      The Belgians’re protesting the fact that they’d be better off if the poor could come and take this currently under-valued, under-priced and essentially useless milk off of their hands. The poor just have to pay the freight.

      Don’t worry about milk being split. Its not worth crying over; literally.

      Its pointless to produce anymore. (Specially for me. I’m lactose-intolerant. ;-)

      • Ashen Victor says:

         Same here in Spain!
        Farmers had protested that the production cost is way higher than are paid by the distributors or the big milk companies.
        Yet, sadly, they can`t give their milk for free because it is illegal to sell unpasteurized milk in Spain.
        Meanwhile, families all around Spain struggle to put some milk in their tables for their kids…

        • Rayonic says:

          They must really hate poor people if they want to raise milk prices.
          Also, selling products below cost doesn’t seem like a viable business model. Neither does petitioning the government for price controls. Both of those require a certain kind of magical thinking.

          • Ashen Victor says:

            The problem does not reside on the producers, but on the distributors.
            Yesterday a farmer told the news that the cost to produce 1L of milk was 0.30€ and they where paid 0.20€. Meanwhile, in the supermarkets milk is sold at 1.05€ each litre.

          • ocker3 says:

             Exactly, it’s a common problem in overly Capitalist systems, where Oligopolies form from a limited number of super-power supermarket chains, and they collude to drive down the price of inputs while keeping the price out outputs relatively high. The largest strawberry farmer in Queensland (Australia) went under recently because they couldn’t get a price for strawberries that covered the harvesting cost. Now, there’s a greater question about why so many farms produced strawberries, but sometimes the weather is just too good for a certain crop and there’s a glut.

            But we’re certainly have the same problem with milk here in Australia, the farmers are getting less than peanuts and the supermarkets are making record profits.

          • Martijn says:

            Milk prices aren’t high. They’re quite low. And most of that money is not going to the farmers.

            My brother-in-law has a hundred cows, and he’d be financially better off if he sold them all and his land, and lived off the interest. Dairy farming is economically not viable. Not at these prices.

            What farmers should be doing is simply charge reasonable prices and refuse to do business with anyone who doesn’t want to pay those prices. But somehow they seem to be at the mercy of big corporations who control the access to the supermarket shelves.

        • ia_ says:

           That’s not really capitalism at all, it’s excessive regulation.

    • Just_Ok says:

      It’s like an everyday thing.

  4. msbpodcast says:

    The cops get sprayed with a high powered hose instead of the protestors, for a change. Bet you weren’t expecting that…

  5. Andy Reilly says:

    Just hope they kept it out of the streams. Milk is considered a hazardous spill if it gets into streams that contain fish.

  6. Aeron says:


  7. nixiebunny says:

    Surely there’s a milk joke in there somewhere. 

  8. vrplumber says:

    Well, lets not cry over all that spilt milk  

    (Sorry that was too cheesy)

    ummmm something about homogenization and homophobia

  9. John Maple says:

    Two words: toast shields.

  10. Jeremy Pickett says:

    As someone who has two rounds of home made gouda, a round of stilton-esque, and two cheddars aging in my apartment at this moment–this is news I can use :]  Cheap milk?  All the better to fuel my hobby.  Blessed are the cheesemakers indeed.

    • nixiebunny says:

      Apparently, it’s only cheap at the wholesale level. Retail is still full price.

      So you’d better prepare to make a few thousand more wheels of cheese per year.

  11. bcsizemo says:

    At least it wasn’t summer time….a few hours in the hot sun drenched in milk you’d be smelling really nice.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Seriously. If you spill milk in the car and don’t get it cleaned up immediately, you might as well just get rid of the car.

  12. blendergasket says:

    They should’ve waited til the hottest week of the summer to do this. The following week would smell delicious. 

  13. jbond says:

    My new fire, milk and tractor protesting strategy is unstoppable.

    The EU CAP is just so messed up. Still I guess it could be worse, we could have HFCS in everything. Oh. Wait. 

  14. Jonathan Roberts says:

    Nobody? OK…
    Brussels police:

  15. Guest says:


  16. Florian Bösch says:

    Got milk? In da face.

  17. eldritch says:

    So the milk spraying? Kind of ingenious, from a political message standpoint.

    But the tire fires, burning vehicles, and slingshotted molotovs that the Telegraph calls “flares”? Kinda ruins it.

    (Of course, it’s hardly a European protest without those, I guess?)

  18. freemoore says:

    All the boys: “to the yard!”

  19. zuludaddy says:

    Wait, no one has made an “expressing themselves” joke yet?

  20. Sirkowski says:

    What if one of those cops is vegan? Hate crime!

  21. jtgii says:

    They should be happy that it wasn’t the horse breeders association that was on strike.

  22. unit_1421 says:

    Fun fact! Milk is considered one of the most dangerous products to haul by tractor trailer. The tanker cannot have baffles or internal braces due to the risk of bacteria, so milk tankers are at high risk of roll over. 

  23. unit_1421 says:

    Anyone else notice the vastly different approach to protests by the cops there? The NYPD will KILL you for waving a bottle of water at them, but those cops just calmly hold their perimeter, despite being blasted with milk, and let the protesters get it out of their system.

    • msbpodcast says:

      That’s just because the NYPD cops come in from the ‘burbs and are scared out of their minds the whole day.

      That attitude eventually evolves into: “Everybody here is The Enemy” and “They’re all out to kill me.”

      Belgian cops, I am reliably informed by a Belgian friend, use their 6 weeks of vacation to recover from that. NYPD cops are lucky to get two weeks a year.

    • blendergasket says:

      It’s not people challenging the system as a whole or the authority and privilege of people at the top (the banking class). It’s a protest about a single policy that they don’t like so it’s not really a threat and they’re not trying to send them a lesson about what happens when you try to question their privilege like they were doing in NYC, SF and all over the world.

  24. sburns54 says:

    If only there were a few more dairy farmers at the OCCUPY protest, they’d still be in Zucotti Park.

  25. Janet says:

    People who believe this has anything to do with a system operating under the principles of capitalism, were not paying attention in economics class.

    • Mike Meyer says:

      Exactly.  There are no doubt a tangle of regulations that prevent these producers from competing against monopolistic middlemen, no doubt well camouflaged as safety measures.  

      • austinhamman says:

         or just a lack of competition.
        if you have a few ubiquitous supermarkets and they only buy for a certain amount (or only by from certain middlemen who only buy for a certain amount) the farmer at the end has little they can do about it, there isn’t enough competition for the farmer to sell to instead so what do they do?

  26. austinhamman says:

    best way to protest not being able to make enough money on your milk: waste thousands of litres of it.

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