Richard writes, inter alia:
Yes, but ... the supermarkets can only screw the farmers if there is an over-supply. Even with supermarkets, the law of supply and demand applies. If milk was in short supply - as indeed it is at the moment, with the boycott - the price goes up. Processors are paying 40-45 eurocents per litre for the milk they can get - pre-boycott, they were paying as little as 27.
All that begs the question ... what is the cause of the over-supply?
"....the law of supply & demand applies."
I am no economist...and naive to boot...but that particular law has been consistently & systematically f****d for almost as long as I can remember. If, with the absolute minimal tweaking, it were applied, we would live in a saner world...at least as far as 'food' is concerned.
It's obviously not happening...so, echoing your query...what is?