Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Oil prices push up the cost of dairy processing

The cost of a litre of milk could be about to get dearer, as dairy processors are hit by high world oil prices.

The price of plastic milk bottles has gone up by almost 10 per cent in the past four months, due to the petro-chemicals used to make them.

And that's adding to the higher cost of freight and packaging, not to mention running irrigation pumps on pasture.

Chris Pensini, from Hastings Valley Dairy in New South Wales, says some of those costs may be passed on to shoppers, if oil goes higher.

"I'm predicting, at the moment, probably one further increase with the price of oil where it is; so I would think we would see another price rise, maybe another 4 per cent, before Christmas comes our way.

"And as I say, we'd probably have to then look at passing some of those increases on to consumers unfortunately."

Editorial Notes: Just a brief item from the ABC that shows how for a simple product like milk, there are numerous points of the production cycle which are dependant on oil. It shows the multiplier effect of increasing oil prices, instead of the single-dimension trivia of higher petrol prices which is the main focus of the media. -IL

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.

Tags:  

Two Peachy Economies

I cheer for the local food movement every chance I get, but I’m a …

Bee Battles: why our Native Pollinators are Losing the war

Non-native species can dramatically reshape their invaded habitats and …

Will Allen: Food is About Social Justice   

To Will Allen, food is more than just sustenance: it’s about social …

Nature's Cafe

Few questions have generated more books, articles, studies, lectures, fads, …

Future farms will be ecosystems that produce bountiful food

Healthy land needs diversity. Have you ever seen a patch of wild nature …

Joel Salatin: Synergy between Nature, Science and Technology   

Though Polyface looks like a picturesque farm of yesteryear, Salatin is …

If our Small Farms are Allowed to Wither, the Whole Nation will Suffer

Conservationists tell us about the extinction of wildlife, but there is …