…[T]he French dairy crisis weighs heavily on SPACE attendees and exhibitors. … [T]he end of the milk quota last year greatly impacted French dairy producers, forcing many farmers to temporarily halt production or go out of business permanently.
…Jérôme Pavie from the French Institut de l’Élevage (Livestock Institute), notes that the cost of production for 1 ton of milk is (US$337); however, the market value has hovered around (US$244).
“Even the most efficient dairy farmers can only hope to break even,” Pavie said.
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According to Christiane Lambert, senior vice president of the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA), farmer suicides are on the rise. “On average, one French farmer commits suicide every two days,” said Lambert said.
Lambert suggests multiple factors have contributed to this trend including isolation, negative social media, and exhaustion from the nature of the work, but recent influx of deaths has broadened awareness.
“[FNSEA] is reaching out to rural farmers with site visits to try to combat the hopelessness,” she says.
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