Italy Says, Let the Poor Eat Cheese…

Amidst wars and slumping economies, we forget, there are plenty of hungry people in the world.

That’s why some nations have food stamps and soup kitchens, but Italy has taken a different approach to helping the poor.

Feed the needy 100,000 pounds of Parmigiano Reggiano.

According to the Associated Press, Italy has a growing number of underclass citizens in major cities, like Rome. And, at the same time, Parmesan cheese makers are suffering from falling prices.

So, since Parmesan is a national treasure and 85% of Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheese is produced and consumed in Italy. The Italian government will bail out the industry by promising to buy 3% of the annual production at market prices.

Then the cheese will be distributed to the poor under a European Union food program.

As an Italian, who doesn’t eat cheese, I find this uniquely efficient, but entirely gross.

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