Boondoggle

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A bailout for…cheese

In keeping with the theme of the day, Hanna Lundqvist of Democracy Arsenal highlights this cheesy very serious WSJ article:

mozzarella-balls

It's not easy sellin' cheese these days.

The world is bailing out banks and car companies. Italy is coming to the rescue of parmigiano cheese. In an effort to help producers of the cheese commonly grated over spaghetti, fettuccine and other pastas, the Italian government is buying 100,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano and donating them to charity. Though demand for parmigiano is strong in Italy and abroad, producers have been struggling for years to make money, putting the future of Italy’s favorite cheese at risk…

…Now that the government has stepped in to help parmigiano makers, however, others are making a stink. “We’ve never received a single dime in state aid,” complains Vincenzo Oliviero, who heads the association of buffalo mozzarella producers. Mr. Oliviero says makers of the juicy white cheese eaten alone or on pizza have been suffering since Naples faced a trash crisis last year.

Perhaps mozzarella-makers should look across the ocean, where cheese bars are apparently the hottest new thing in American cities.

(image from flickr user y foéÖþoooey under a Creative Commons license)

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December 11, 2008 - Posted by | Economics, Humor | ,

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