We recently bought butter WITHOUT CHECKING THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN -Oops
It’s just 500 grams of butter – not much eh?
Let’s do the calculations.
Dairy Australia says the average milk price in Victoria – where most of Australia’s butter is made was 44.2 cents per litre last year – there will have been higher and lower prices – depending on the season. Note: prices were higher a couple of years ago https://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/industry/prices/farmgate-milk-price
It takes about 10 litres of milk to make 500 grams of butter containing 411grams of fat (82.1% as per the label) (all milk varies, but this is pretty right)
That means an Australian (Victorian) Farmer would get $4.42 for the milk this was made from.
The processor would separate the milk –
Make the butter and
Make about 1kg of Skim milk and Butter milk powder – the milk powder probably would be exported or used to fortify modified milks, or Yoghurt. Let’s assume its exported – the current world price in Aussie$ is $4100 per Tonne or $4.10 per kg
The butter, is advertised on-line is $5.00 per 500 grams
By buying this butter (without checking the country of origin)
We have –
Deprived the Australian farmer of $4.42
Deprived the Australian processors of $4.41 export income (Note: making powder requires a lot of capital for dryers, tankers, staff etc)
There will be more – such as local marketers, artwork providers, etc.
The moral if the story BUY LOCAL – CHECK THE LABEL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY.