Cranberry Recipe for Disaster

Cranberry Recipe….for Disaster!

As with any recipe you have several ingredients that get added together to produce an outcome. Well this recipe certainly in no exclusion. Sadly it’s not going to result in some delicious bread, muffins for relish.

Cranberry Recipe Ingredients and mix

For this recipe first you add, on September 9th, 2015 the USDA approved the importation of cranberries from Chile to the United States. This decision was made after an open for discussion period, as is protocol, and a study by the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). They deemed the importation would have no adverse affect. Documents Here

Next you add that the day before on September 8th the USDA announced that they would be PURCHASING cranberry products for surplus removal. What?!  (See for yourself)

That’s right folks, the day after the U.S. government announced that they would be buying surplus in an effort to “assist” farmers and the market, they gave the old “load the boats” to Chile to bring their cranberries to our shores. Make sense to you?

 

Cranberry Bog

Cranberry glut history is nothing new

This newest development would be less of surprise if this glut on cranberries was something new and was unpredictable. That’s just not the case.  There was a fantastic article written in August of last year by WisconsinWatch.org documenting the oversupply and subsequent government purchase of inventory. You can read it Right HERE.  Well worth the read.

Some cliff notes to take in: Wisconsin produced 25% more cranberries in 2013 than 2012..uh that’s for a total of 600 million pounds. Also the total U.S. production has risen 57% from 2002 to 2013!  Last year the Feds stepped in and purchased $55 million worth of cranberry surplus to help. While some was distributed to food programs across the country others were disposed of as they expired by waiting to be used.

 

Question Mark

Recipe: Taste test

The reason behind this article is to get you talking, thinking and deciding. Here’s some questions to take away.

  1. If growers know we have an on going oversupply, should they expect to receive help from the Government if they continue to produce too much?
  2. Should the U.S. allow imports when they are already bailing out domestic growers?
  3. As a consumer, what, if any, buying patterns of your will be changed by knowing this information?

 

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