I may be biased (I only lived in Michigan for 4 years) but don’t you think bailing out the Parm farmers is a much better cause than the Big 3? What is a more respectable product? A goregous hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano or a Chrysler Le Baron (do they still make those?)?
Yes, Italy is spending 50M EU to help their struggling PR dairy farmers. There seems to be a bit of sniffing going on b/c some second class Grana Padano folks are included in the effort. I say, help one, help all. Widen the net…help the Mozzarella masters, the Pecorino producers and of course, the Robiola retailer…..Tis the season for charitable works.
here’s a link to the story. Note the excellent b&w picture of Parm about 1/2 way down the story…is this meant to symbolize the fractured state of the industry? Very deep. Very cheesy.