The dairy farmers are upset because Canada is offering incentives to its producers to use local milk instead of the flood of cheap ultra-filtered milk from the United States.
Canada responded because the United States was sneaking in the ultra-filtered milk, not subject to the up to 300% tariff on U.S. dairy products.
The Trump rant may be a salvo that has little to do with cheese and more to do with softwood lumber. Trade between the 2 countries is much more complex than simplistic rants from someone living in the world of reality TV.
We wrote about ultra-filtered milk marketed in 2015 under the Fairlife name by Coca-Cola.
Ultra-filtered milk is a concentrated ingredient designed to increase protein in cheese and yogurt. The U.S. is flooding Canada with ultra-filtered milk since, unlike other U.S. dairy products, isn't subject to as much as a 300% tariff.
The Canadian dairy producers were losing money on the cheaper milk product and introduced a policy giving incentives to Canadian processors to buy domestic milk.
Part of the anguish on the U.S. side is that the U.S. has been overproducing milk and the sudden change leaves them high and not so dry.
What's Tempting: Fairlife as a milk alternative (BalanceofFood.com)
photo credit: Fairlife/Coca-Cola