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Ouest France - France | Monday, July 20, 2015

New markets for France's dairy farmers

French dairy farmers in the North of the country have been blocking roads since Sunday to protest the declining prices of their products. For Brittany's regional paper Ouest France, the milk industry has more power than appears at first glance: "The supermarket chains' claim that they are defending consumer interests imposes a deadly logic. It weakens whole swathes of the country and ends in unemployment. But the farmers are also to blame. … French farmers today are strong enough to refuse to let dairy cow farmers raise their prices and too weak to defend themselves against pressure from retailers. … But farmers do not have to take this sitting down. Tomorrow they could become the stars on the market for canteen food, benefitting from the consumers' appetite for fresh local produce."

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