Milk Prices Expected to Double by January

If the expired Farm Bill isn't renewed, prices could reach up to $6 per gallon

While allergy-free cow's milk may be in the far future, it looks like expensive milk is in the immediate future: If the Farm Bill isn't renewed by the end of the year, the price of milk could double. 

Senator Charles Schumer of New York took to the supermarkets to cry for lawmakers to act, the Associated Press reports. The 2008 Farm Bill expired officially yesterday. "They say you shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, but it seems perfectly reasonable to cry over a 100 percent increase in the price," Schumer told reporters yesterday after a press conference. (Great pun, too.) "This is an entirely avoidable and unnecessary burden on families, and it could be easily addressed," he continued. "All the leaders of the House of Representatives have to do is put the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill on the floor for a vote. It will pass, and we can avoid this problem all together." (Apparently, Schumer is a big fan of cold cereal and milk — so this is a personal and political problem.) 

So what does this mean for your supermarket trip? The price of a gallon of milk could climb up to $6. The price of milk has continued to increase over the past year, the New York Daily News reported last year, and the drought from this past summer isn't helping matters. If only you could stockpile milk for the future. 

The Farm Bill has passed the Senate but has been stalled in the House of Representatives. 

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julieveggie's picture

The protein in milk, particularly casein, while perfect for baby cows, is too large and difficult for us to digest. Calves have a particular enzyme, rennin, not present in humans, that coagulates and helps breaks down casein. According to renowned nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell, “Cows’ milk protein may be the single most significant chemical carcinogen to which humans are exposed.” 1)Cow’s milk is the number one cause of food allergies among infants and children, according to the American Gastroenterological Association 2)The biggest factors in breast cancer include fat, excess estrogen and animal protein. Milk delivers all three. Cows injected with bovine growth hormone have higher levels of IGF-1, which is connected to tumor growth. Humanity's use of, and utter dependence on other animals and, in particular, the savage and bizarre habit of consuming the breast milk from mothers of other species—milk that these mothers have produced for their own babies, babies that we forced them to become pregnant with only to kill shortly after birth so that we can take the bereft mother's milk. TRY Almond milk, it's better for you than dairy milk, more digestible, has more calcium & vitamin D, B12, less calories, less fat, tastes better and it's cruelty-free.'s picture

I really hope milk does not got up to $6 a gallon, that is outrageous. My family goes through at least a gallon every other day, & I would hate to make then cut down more because it is so good for you. I don't like paying $4 a gallon now & have already cut back, if we cut back anymore, we will only be using milk for in coffee.


According to the book "The China Study" and documentaries like "Healing Cancer from Inside Out", "Eating" and "Forks over Knives", it would be best if people drank no cow's milk. I've found Organic Almond Milk (many different flavors as well as unsweetened) to be an outstanding substitute.

Bigdicmegee's picture

funny, schumer is not worried about GAS prices and they went up over 100 percent.

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