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  1. RT
    In Japan as well, there is a butter shortage. Most supermarkets allow purchases of only one package per customer. I tend to stock up as well as I can. (There are rumors that the situation is being stage- managed to facilitate massive US butter imports following adoption of the TPP, but I have no idea if that's true.)
  2. Murray
    Nooooo!!

    For the last few years here in Canada I have been getting hand-churned, cultured butter from a local cheese and yoghurt family business. I consult with Ruth and Daniel regularly as to grass conditions when each load of cream arrives, as this affects when and how much I buy. This year they could only secure cream for one large batch of butter. I don't have enough supply in the freezer now for the winter.

    A growing problem is what to do with the increasing surplus of skimmed milk.

  3. Brian
    Maybe if Canada allowed the import of grass-fed butters like Kerrygold, instead of making up silly, protectionist safety rules about what dairy cows need to eat, we wouldn't have to worry much about a butter shortage here.
    Reply: #5
  4. Apicius
    Actually, this is good news. That means farmers will be inclined to convert their fields of soya bean, canola, rap seed and corn into pasture land for cows! No more customer demand for Frankenstein vegetable oil based margarine! That would be wonderful!

    Thank goodness I reside in Vancouver...lots of local grass fed butter providers. The main grocery stores in Vancouver have also started retailing a grass fed butter from New Zealand, which surprised me because I thought the dairy board had influenced regulators to prohibit all forms of imported butter products.

    And lots of Canadians drive over the border into the US to smuggle Kerrygold, too.

  5. WC
    Brian, Kerrygold butter is laced with tons of Growth Hormone. There is a reason why they are banned from importation into Canada. Don't be fooled by the grass-fed disguise.

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