The U.S. Has A Big Ol’ Cheese Surplus, So Get Your Lactaid And Get After It

Listen: If macaroni and cheese is on the menu, that is what I’m getting. And, as a huge fan of cheese, I am delighted to tell you that the U.S. currently has a cheese surplus. According to Bloomberg, the U.S. is “is sitting on a mountain of cheese.” I personally couldn’t be happier about this and I’m deeply sorry for those that are lactose intolerant.

How much cheese are we talking here? Behold, cheese mountain:

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Basically, we have an inventory of 1.2 billion pounds. I assume that most of this inventory can be found in Guy Fieri’s refrigerator.

Note:  In no way mean is this an insult.  As someone who once had a blog that highlighted spots in NYC to get bomb mac and cheese, I have a lot of respect for him. It was called “Magee-roni and Cheese” because my last name is Magee. I’m not above it.

Back to the business side of things, why do we have all this cheese?

“European dairy products are so cheap right now that the U.S. itself has become the new No. 1 customer for some products — imports of EU butter doubled last year and rose 17 percent for cheese, according to the European Commission. All that excess supply is building up in U.S. refrigerators, especially as American dairy production heads to a record this year.”

Hmm, I now wonder how each of the presidential nominees plan on using all of this excess cheese. Hilary will probably send fancy cheese plates to all of the big banks that have sponsored her over the years, while Trump would use probably use strings of cheddar as hair extensions.

Although the numbers are high, this is actually not an ideal situation for European dairy farmers.

“Even though sales increased, things are still pretty dire for European dairy farmers, who’ve warned for months that rock-bottom prices risk putting them out of business. Average raw milk prices in the EU have slumped to the lowest levels since 2010. U.S. prices have also started falling, with cheddar on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trading this week at a five-year low.”

To do your part, perhaps you should get a “Liquid Gold” Velveeta fountain the next work event or bridal shower that you have to plan.

Jessie James Decker Gets Cheesy with VELVEETA Shells & Cheese

Okay, if this isn’t at your wedding, I’m not going.

Knowing about the surplus, I hope you no longer feel any shame when you stand in front of your refrigerator and eat shredded parmesan by the fistful. Okay, maybe a little bit of shame, but not as much.