The nation is having a cheese crisis, according to media reports, and “every man, woman and child would need to eat an extra three pounds of cheese this year to work through it,” according to the New York Post, which cites a Wall Street Journal report.
Due to a confluence of factors including a strong dollar, a dip in worldwide demand and expanded dairy production, the U.S. faces a glut of cheese.
“Despite the collapse in prices, America’s dairy farmers are expected to produce a record amount of milk this year — much of it being sold to cheesemakers,” the Post reports. “Americans eat an average of 36 pounds of cheese a year, but that’s not enough to save our cows with block cheddar prices hitting a six-year low of $1.27 a pound last week.”
The nation also reportedly has excess supplies of beef, poultry, pork, corn and wheat.