National Public Radio reports that the US currently is suffering from a 900,000 cubic yard cheese glut, “the largest in U.S. history.”

How did this happen, you may ask.

“While Americans consumed nearly 37 pounds per capita in 2017,” NPR says, “it was not enough to reduce the country's 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus … Over the past 10 years, milk production has increased by 13 percent because of high prices. But what dairy farmers failed to realize was that Americans are drinking less milk. According to data from the USDA, Americans drank just 149 pounds of milk per capita in 2017, down from 247 pounds in 1975.

“Suppliers turn that extra milk into cheese because it is less perishable and stays fresh for longer periods. But Americans are turning their noses up at those processed cheese slices and string cheese — varieties that are a main driver of the U.S. cheese market — in favor of more refined options.”

To this point, NPR points out, trade disputes with China and Mexico, as well as new tariffs, haven’t exacerbated the problem.

KC's View: Not a huge story, but I couldn’t pass it up since it gave me the excuse to say “cut the cheese” in the headline.

What can I say? I like to amuse myself.