There are a number of examples of what were once co-operatives restructuring into, or being taken over by, listed companies.
Despite the pressure for co-operatives to fold into the dominant corporation model, these business models are still worthy.
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The price of butter has risen by 60% globally over the past twelve months. Why is this occuring and what are the implications for Australia?
And don’t expect chocolate ice cream, either.
Millions of Americans believe brown cows produce chocolate milk? The way the media reported this factoid raises questions about science literacy – but different ones than you may think.
One of Japan’s biggest food trends right now is Bulgarian yoghurt.
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How a simple bacterium traveled across time and space to become Japan's latest food fad.
A number of media reports claimed that saturated fats are safe to consume. Here's why you should treat those reports with caution.
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The case of bovine leukemia virus shows how scientists monitor health risks in our food supply and why it's critical to revisit scientific conclusions when new technologies become available.
Some swear by it, some against it research and history can tell us a lot about milk and dairy.
Higher prices on milk in supermarkets doesn’t necessarily translate into profit for Australian dairy farmers.
Paying a higher price for milk at the supermarket won't help farmers much as the Australian dairy industry is more exposed to international markets.
The Australian dairy industry could consider a regulation model like that in Canada.
Government intervention in the crisis facing Australian dairy has opened the gates for suggestions of other types of regulation.
Former Murray Goulburn CEO Gary Helou, stepped down from the cooperative as the farmgate milk price plunged.
The break up of trust between dairy farmers and Murray Goulburn can be tracked back to the degregulation of the dairy industry.
The dairy industry faces a number of welfare and environmental issues.
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The dairy industry faces a number of welfare issues, and is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
Dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra competed in a race to the bottom.
Two of the largest dairy cooperatives have been playing with farmers by pursuing a high price for milk when both should have taken into account fluctuations in the global dairy markets.
Australian and New Zealand dairy farmers need to get used to the low prices for milk as they represent the new norm in global markets.
Cooperatives like Murray Goulburn and Fonterra and dairy farmers need to accept that lower milk prices will be the new normal in a more competitive global market.
The main thrust of the advisory committee’s report is that diets should be focused on whole foods, not specific nutrients.
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National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in rich countries. And a BMJ article about draft US guidelines adds further fuel for the fire.
Farmers' protests against the big supermarkets demonstrates the importance of good supply chain management.
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China’s market for milk is huge, but not without its challenges.
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The clock is ticking down to the end of year deadline Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given for sign off on a free trade agreement with China. In this China-Australia FTA series we explore what…
Right idea, wrong execution: the Ord River irrigation scheme needed better surrounding infrastructure.
It’s perhaps fitting that mining magnate Andrew Forrest is in the vanguard of a move to position Australia as a major food supplier to China. Fitting, because if the plan is to work, Australian agriculture…