Comparing the BP oil spill in the gulf to spilled milk is like comparing apples to oranges. But that is exactly what the EPA has done in labeling milk as the same kind of environmental hazard. They have classified milk as as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is non-petroleum oil. As a result, dairy farmers like Frank Konkel of Silver Sky Dairy in Hesperia (above) will be required to develop and implement spill prevention plans for milk storage tanks, which could get expensive quickly. Are you willing to pay up to $10 for a gallon of milk? (there is no data to support this assumption)
Last week, environmentalist disagreed at a Senate committee hearing on a resolution from Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, calling for the EPA to rescind it's ruling. But Gayle Miller, legislative director of Sierra Club Michigan Chapter said agricultural pollution probably is the nations most severe chronic problem when it comes to water pollution. But to put spilled milk on the same level as an oil spill? "Milk is wholesome in a child's body. It is devastating in a waterway," Miller said. "The fact that it is biodegradable is irrelevant if people die as a result of cryptosporidium, beaches close for E-coli and fish are killed".
Does anybody else feel like the war on the American farmer has just been ratcheted up a notch?