By Tim Kowols
A bill on the U.S. Senate floor hopes to protect the dairy industry, an economic driver for the region and the state. The Dairy Pride Act, introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin earlier this month, would enforce existing Food and Drug Administration regulations defining the products as coming from dairy animals. The bill comes on the heels of almond milk sales rising 250 percent in the last five years while its dairy counterpart has suffered a 37 percent drop in consumption since the 1970s according to the Huffington Post. Dairy Business Association Executive Director and Sturgeon Bay resident Tim Trotter says it is important to separate the two in order to protect the well-being of his farming neighbors in Door and Kewaunee County.
Dairy is big business in the area particularly in Kewaunee County where it has an economic impact of $65 million according to the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation. If passed, plant-based products would be forced to re-label to meet FDA guidelines.