Butter in Norway almost $500 per pound!

An acute butter shortage in Norway has emptied store shelves and propelled prices through the roof.

The shortfall – expected to last into January – has been blamed on a rainy summer that cut into feed production and therefore dairy output, but also the ballooning popularity of a low-carbohydrate, fat-rich diet that has sent demand for butter soaring.

Online sellers have offered 500-gramme packs for up to 350 euros ($465).

Food shortages. This is one of the things I’ve been warning you about as we head into the next ice age.

During the last Little Ice Age in England, the rainy season lasted five weeks longer in the spring and began earlier in the fall. This prevented farmers from planting early enough to bring their crops to harvest, and literally millions of people died of starvation.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2011/12/12/norway-butter-shortage-threatens-christmas-tre ats

Thanks to John McCann for this link


14 thoughts on “Butter in Norway almost $500 per pound!”

  1. Does Norway protect it’s agriculture sector with lots of subsidies and trade restrictions? If butter was getting that expensive, I would bet their would be a container ship full of the stuff as well as cargo planes filled with butter in or on the way to Norway.

    Unless of course, the govt. bans the importation of butter. From the article:

    Last Friday, customs officers stopped a Russian at the Norwegian-Swedish border and seized 90 kilos (198 pounds) of butter stashed in his car.

  2. The shortage of butter in Norway has more to do with strict quotas on milk production than the cows not producing milk – the farmers are not allowed to produce the amount of milk they are capable of and at the same time the demand on butter goes up. The strict quotas means that many farmers stop their milk production and sell their cows for meet instead as it is better business for them. Also a big factor is that the Norwegian government putting an extremely high tax on import of butter, causing import of butter to come to a halt with neighboring countries refusing to export to them.

    See for example this Norwegian newspaper quoting farmers for saying they could have easily increased their production by 20% had the quotas allowed it: http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10024052
    (google translate may help with translation)

  3. Maybe this comment will be a bit too local in a global world.

    The story of the empty shelves of butter are real. The last 4 weeks, in my local stores, the shelves have been empty. Fortunately, I followed the Fukushima disaster, and found a rolling fallout map posted by dutchsinse, the rolling map that had to be deleted on youtube; one of my preparedness was a storage of butter. Prepare for the worst, as Gerald Celente says.

    My opinion about this issue, is that this crisis, is partly to be blamed on Tine, the producer. Because of their commitment by their selling of cheese, especially the brand Jarlsberg, to foreign custumers. The milk production in Norway has declined every year the last decade because of the old stock of skilled farmers have been phased out and farmland has been covered by concrete. This month, I listened to an intervjue with a local milk farmer. He said that due to the poor quality of this summer harvest of hay, the cows had yielded lower. And, his concern, if he mixed more energyintens food to his cows, it would have consequencies for the health of the cows.

    The other part of the story is the failure of our Department of Agriculture (DoA) to react; the signs started already in september to be visible. Why were they not able to react, incompetence, ignorance, yni, to increase the import quota from the butter mountain in EU?

    My opinion of this issue is that they are in collusion with the BIGS, to break up a well-functioned system that has secured our foodsupply, because TINE and Felleskjoepet, the ownership of those companies has been by the farmers of Norway. There are a lot of politicians now on the scene that are demanding changes, let the market do the work, break up Tine, let the BIGS move in.

    If you look at the lates report from Felleskjoepet, pr 21th November, the estimate of our grain production was down to 971.000 tonns, down from 1.021,000 tonn pr 22th September report. The grain harvest in southern Norway, the grain basket, has been a disaster, fungusinfected and with low energycontent; only 16.8 % of the total wheat harvest can be used for bakery. And for the other crops it is the same, se page 1, on the link. Norway, for the next year has to import 294.000 tonn of food grain,see page 4.

    What´s amaze me is that the DoA has not got their finger out to establish the quotas for the whole import demand for the next year. I went to a local store to buy weat flour; that came from Sweden, as long as they allow. If our financial system breaks down, europeans banks finance 50 % of world trade, this can end up in a disaster for our food supply. At the moment our local production of food cover only 40 % of the demand.

    I have been warning friends and family about this issue, but they do not understand the fundamentals.

    10 years ago, by an agreement, experiences from WW2, that we should have at least one year of food grain in storage, was left by our free market stooges in our parliament. Agriculture experts warned about this new policy. There were deaf ears.

    Here is the link from Felleskjoepets report 22th of November.

    http://www.fk.no/Documents/Eksterne/NFK/Prognoser/Prognose-november2011.pdf

  4. Wow! Holy Cow…!

    Hey, this is an opportunity folks. I wish I knew someone in Norway. I’d be glad to overnight them Butter for $100. a pound… This has potential! LoL

    Really though, if you lived in Norway, wouldn’t you try to find a relative or friend in Canada or the USA to ship you some butter? FedEx can do it for $230. for 10lbs. to Oslo 0104. (Yes, out of curiosity, I actually crunched the numbers.)

    I know, FedEx says no perishables. But, if you needed butter that badly, wouldn’t you take a chance and have the sender declare it as underwear or something? $23/lb. beats $500./lb. by several miles.

    Invest $230. and gross $5,000. At that rate it’s a sure bet someone in Norway has already given this a go!

    OMG — What if they have butter sniffing dogs at the airport? The whole scheme could be ruined…. LOL

  5. They are right to skip the low fat craze as seen in this country. That is why one sees so many fat pigs in the USA WADDLING DOWN THE STREET! The human body requires a high animal fat intake in order to thrive. The body will keep hungering until it receives that fat. If you eat low fat, your body will keep hungering and you will keep eating and you will get fatter and fatter and sickly. HMM. Is that why the USA is said to be the world’s sickest country? LOOKS LIKE NORWAY IS WELL ON ITS WAY TO BE THE WORLD’S HEALTHIEST. The healthiest shall thrive best in an ice age.

  6. According to GISS Surface Temperature Analysis both spring and summer were warmer in Norway than normally. Warmer and wetter weather at high lattitudes. It sounds just like the predictions in the 2007 IPCC report.

  7. Its a lesson in capitalism/FREE Markets. Government stops people who in their own self interest are providing for their families by supplying butter. Prices are sky high because the gov’t interfered in the economy. That’s not its job. Defense is its job, which it ignores.

  8. How much is cream? Only takes about 10 minutes a hand mixer, strainer, bowl and heavy cream to make butter. Sounds like an opportunity for some cottage industry diy types.

  9. Well they should import butter from Australia and New Zealand. butter is aaround $1-00-2.00 per pound for plain butter, and up to $5 for special blends. NZ people only consume 6% of ther dairy they produce.

    In australia after our cyclones earliers this eyar we had our usd 10-12 per KG banana’s but are now down to normal prices of $1.50-3/kg. We dont allow banana import due to possible diseases. We are so disease free for food comapred to the rest fo teh world. Our fruit and veg quality is so much better than what most get in Europe and the USA.

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