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Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

It's time to stop romanticizing the Vermont dairy industry and start calling it out for what it now is at many of these "farms". Animal exploitation, human exploitation, environmental degradation and corporate welfare all in the name of "a shit-ton of cheap milk".

Confining cows indoors to "live in their own excrement" is not farming, it's animal abuse and it's inhumane. Large mammals with emotions and feelings reduced to milk production machines is Orwellian and insanely cruel.

Why won't Americans work in a cowshit-filled building doing difficult, often dangerous labor for 12+ hour shifts, starting for less than Vermont's minimum wage, without overtime pay, and with few benefits? Huh, good question... Oh, and no health insurance. Just send workers to a "free" clinic, funded by taxpayers and the charity of others. Anyone who supports stricter immigration laws please stop drinking and eating all dairy products immediately.

A google search reveals that Holstein cows produce 100+ pounds of excrement a day. 1300 cows produce a shocking 47.5 MILLION pounds of manure per year!?! It's telling that anyone who questions the Vorstevelds about runoff or other environmental degradation are to be dismissed, because "none of you guys know shit about dairy farming." You don't need to be a dairy farmer to know that environmental stewardship is not the strong suit of these operations.

This is not a quaint Vermont dairy farm. This is a factory, employing migrants, exempt from Vermont's minimum wage and overtime laws, receiving special tax treatment because it is a "farm", and exploiting the charity of their community by burdening the free clinic. And to what end? They make hundreds of thousands of dollars, as reported, and we subsidize the whole thing. The federal government has 1.4 BILLION, pounds of cheese in storage. Paid for by taxpayers.

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Posted by Jim6 on 03/19/2019 at 10:38 AM

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