Milking the Consumer

The marketing of milk must be one of the most labyrinthine attempts protect producer interests in an economy that has seen more than its fair share of such systems. The tragedy is that, precisely because it is so cumbersome, the damage done to producers and consumers alike when it finally collapses will be that much more severe. This report is a fascinating document in economy history. It traces in meticulous detail the originals of the present milk marketing arrangements in the UK, and shows how the system grew and grew until it was completely divorced from market reality.

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