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TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING (Wall Street Journal) – About 1.4 billion pounds of cheese is socked away at cold-storage warehouses across the country, the biggest stockpile since federal record-keeping began a century ago. The glut, which is putting the squeeze on dairy producers across the country, is due in part to cheese makers who ramped up production before trade tensions abroad killed demand for the product. Shifting domestic tastes have further changed the outlook in the dairy market.
DELAY, DELAY, DELAY – Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll once again found roughly 30 percent of Americans held off seeking some kind of medical treatment in the past year due to costs. The most recent data is consistent with the rate seen each year since 2005 but is up from an average of 24.
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BEEF BATTLE (NPR) – Despite $200 billion a year in sales, the U.S. beef industry is preparing to battle for market share against unlikely foes: plant-based meat substitutes and actual meat grown in labs. The industry that makes plant-based burgers is growing 20 percent a year. Likewise, lab grown meat could upend traditionally produced meat, making rare and import-dependent animal proteins easier to come by.
About Family Food Bytes: This is a collection of articles gathered from both mainstream and agriculture media and is designed to keep you informed as a member and leader within the Cook County Farm Bureau organization. The articles summarized above are not intended to represent Cook County Farm Bureau policy or positions, but rather to provide members an idea of what is being reported regionally, nationally, and globally.