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Mich. farmer: Dumping perfectly good cherries is rotten

Mich. farmer: Dumping perfectly good cherries is rotten

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DETROIT — A Michigan tart cherry farmer is leaving 14% of his crop this year to rot on the ground to comply with an industry marketing agreement intended to keep cherry prices stable. And he's not happy about it.

A frustrated Marc Santucci, who grows about 30 acres of cherries on his 80-acre Traverse City farm, put a photo of the dumped cherries, thick on the ground, on Facebook Tuesday — and the photo had been shared nearly 38,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.

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"These cherries are beautiful!" Santucci posted with the photo. "But, we have to dump 14% of our tart cherry crop on the ground to rot. Why? So we can allow the import of 200 million pounds of cherries from overseas! It just doesn't seem right."
Contacted Thursday, Santucci said limitations on the amount of cherries he can sell are "a vain attempt to prop up the price of cherries."

"My concern is, we're trying to limit the supply here, but all that does is increase imports," he said.
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So...my thinking is; why doesn't he "give" the cherries away to those who could benefit from them? It sounds like he's not obligated to sell them, so give them away. Or is his mindset and being upset about 14% of his cherries more about $$$$$$$$ than providing to someone who could use them. At least they wouldn't rot.

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This has been going on for years, courtesy of da Gubmint paying farmers to let fields go unplanted in order to keep prices "stable". Or keep the consumers' prices up?

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So...my thinking is; why doesn't he "give" the cherries away to those who could benefit from them? It sounds like he's not obligated to sell them, so give them away. Or is his mindset and being upset about 14% of his cherries more about $$$$$$$$ than providing to someone who could use them. At least they wouldn't rot.

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Giving them away don't keep them off your table....

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This has been going on for years, courtesy of da Gubmint paying farmers to let fields go unplanted in order to keep prices "stable". Or keep the consumers' prices up?
and it needs to stop!
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It's all about leveling the playing field for the global[ist] market, broddas. It has happened/been going on in all areas of commerce/production, not just farming, and involves a whole lot more players than [just] our own beloved gov.org.
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It's been going on for many centuries. It will never stop.
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So...my thinking is; why doesn't he "give" the cherries away to those who could benefit from them? It sounds like he's not obligated to sell them, so give them away. Or is his mindset and being upset about 14% of his cherries more about $$$$$$$$ than providing to someone who could use them. At least they wouldn't rot.

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It's not his choice from what the article is saying. Plus, with a basic understanding of supply and demand, inserting the 14% into the supply (even at zero charge, giving them away) still reduces the demand for the other cherries. That decreases the price, which is what the bureaucracy is regulating.

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Here the vegetable farms can sell there unsellables to locals for animal feed. We would take the sugar out of the beets and add the pulp to carrots for the pigs. The sugar was added to the potatoes and distilled. So in a sense it got sold but in different products.
The cherries are raised across Green Bay and I don't know what happens there other than cherry wines.
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Once again, government sticking it's nose in where it doesn't belong. Let supply and demand set pricing. Those that can turn a profit, stay in business. Those that can't find another way. It's a cycle that when controlled, causes gross amounts of waste. Not to mention, bigger government.

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