Italy outclasses us by giving parmesan to the poor

Permetta loro di mangiare formaggio!

I am not in general a fan of any Italian government that holds power for more than a week and the current one is no exception. However my hat is off to them for this plan that will help both the poor and the cheese makers.

Agriculture Minister Luca Zaia has committed to buying 100,000 66-pound wheels each of Parmigiano Reggiano and the very similar Grana Padano cheese to donate to the needy. Producers sought government help in the face of prices that have fallen some 25 percent over the past five years.

Sure as hell beats the “processed American cheese product”* that our government gives away. It’s a great idea Mr. President-elect. Don’t just give food to the hungry, give them good food. I say we help out the Italian cheese industry too!

*Which I eat, too.

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