In today’s economic crisis the financial, auto, retail – even the porn industries – in the US have all sought government help.
Unfortunately, the epidemic has spread.
In an article released late last week on VOANews.com, Sabina Castelfranco reported on the cheesiest industry yet to request a bailout.
It’s the cheese.
In recent months sales of parmiggiano reggiano cheese have been down, causing producers to worry about the future of one of Italy’s most famous cheeses.
To combat the problem, the Italian government has pledged €50 million to purchase 100,000 wheels of parmiggiano reggiano and another 100,000 wheels of its less-expensive counterpart, grana pandano and plans to donate the cheese wheels to charity.
To pay for the cheese wheels, the Italian government is dipping into a special EU fund created to help feed poor people.
But the mozzarella makers are pissed!
Wanna know more?
Read about the cheese-making process and impending bailout, or get one reporter’s take on the issue here.
What do you think? Do you think the government’s proposal to buy 200,000 wheels of cheese is a wise option or do you think they should share the love with other producers in the food industry?