Billions of pounds of cheese are about to go to garbage. Clearly America requires your help.

Stop the presses. We need to eat cheese. Like, all of it. Now.

In case you haven’t heard, America is in the middle of a pretty major cheese surplus . American cheese inventories( not to be confused with “American Cheese“) have reached a 30-year high, with more than 1 billion pounds of the stuff sitting uneaten on shelves across the country. Set another way : That’s a lot of freaking cheese .

Clearly it is our shared duty as responsible U.S. citizens to step up our cheese consumption to the purposes of this large nation we call home.

Make America grate again. GIF from Mike Bekos/ Vimeo.

You’re likely wondering how something as wonderful as cheese could have excess especially since you’re already feeing around 34 pounds per year all by yourself.( Don’t worry. So are the rest of us .)

Let’s start here: cheese intake in America has been on the rise for years. Meanwhile, global dairy production is also skyrocketing.

So if there’s high demand and plentiful furnishes, why did the price of cheddar only reached a five-year low ?

GIF from Channel Cheese/ YouTube. Yes, that’s a real thing.

It turns out that since cheese takes a while to build thanks to the aging process that constructs it so delicious the cheese industry has to try to predict demand for the future, years ahead of day, in hopes that the prices all balance out in the end.

But there was one thing they couldn’t foresee .

GIF from “Ratatouille.”

You ensure, all that cheese we’re munching on? More than half of it is locally sourced, while another major chunk is shipping in from overseas.

Thanks in part to the lousy value of the euro( and the aforementioned milk abundance ), European cheeses are cheaper than ever so we’re buying a whole lot more . After all, why would someone buy a familiar domestic brand like Kraft when they can buy a fancy French thing?

And those who don’t want to splurge on the astonishingly affordable foreign alternatives? They’re showing a astonishingly serious preference for sustainable local options .

This is all great for the cheese customer and the local economy. But not so much for the large U.S. cheese-makers .

Which is why they’re now saddled with warehouses full of curds they made based on previously predicted marketplace trends.

Sorry, Velveeta. GIF from Attmay/ YouTube.

So to the purposes of delicious string cheese, we all need to step up our game.

I know it might be challenging to do if for no other reason than that I am definitely one of those self-centered dorks who prefers their cheese( and everything else) to be as locally-sourced as is practicable much to the mortification of those major manufacturers who bear that great burden of abundant cheesery.

But even if you don’t feel bad for Big Cheese, just think of all the food that’s going to waste. For the above reasons, I implore you to secede to the perversion of your selfless, cheese-eating impulses and eat it to your heart’s content .

GIF from “Wallace and Gromit.”

Feel free to buy up that cheese in every form you can find it! Add it to your toast, and your eggs, and your smoothies! Everything!

Douse your dinner in delightful dairy delicacies! Let that lovely Lnenberg linger lightly on your lips as you lap up your lunch! Boost your breakfast with blob of blue cheese!

Make the mozzarella mingle with your sides of meat or taint your tofu with a tantalizing taleggio!

Paint your pasta with provolone and carelessly cover your cereal in cheddar!

Feed on feta as your fork fumbles with those flavorful figs!

Glob your gluten-free grains with gouda!

Have a happy heaping of havarti!

You get the idea.

GIF from “Cinderella.”

Do it for the economy. Do it for your country. Or just do it for the savor. Because cheese is delicious.

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