Why I’m ok with the fact I buy home brand milk (usually UHT, sometimes powdered).
I don’t hate dairy farmers.
I also don’t think they are treated fairly by supermarkets.
But it comes down to a combination of price, value and priority.
I support myself, as well as a dog & partner both with chronic diseases (read: medications, GP & vet bills) on one income. We are ineligible for any government assistance.
Milk is a low use, low value item in my household, both nutritionally & financially.
I spend my money on something that is much more valuable to the health of my household members & conditions: local & fresh fruit, veggies and eggs. All from local farms/businesses.
My point here is not for you to agree with me. It’s that I want you to make an informed choice based on YOUR family needs of price, value, priority and health.
This is how I’ve made my choices. Yours may look similar or totally different.
We all have different variables & that’s ok.
If you can’t afford to buy branded milk, don’t feel bad. You didn’t cause the situation.
Yes, the current promotions & discussions around buying home brand are to avoid it & support the farmers, but only if you can.
After chatting to some friends, I wanted to add this to my blog post:
Changing people’s habits isn’t unworthy but I question if it’s effective. Consumers didn’t cause this, supermarkets did.
Why are there no class action lawsuits/ACCC investigations or things that will actually force change in the system that is causing this to be a problem?