Nov. 26, 2012. Police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert—AP)
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The dairy deluge, engineered by the European Milk Board, is in protest of what the farmers claim are too-high quotas and fixed prices that are stifling their ability to maintain production. The EU sets a yearly milk production quota of 130 million metric tons, more than their member states can actually consume, a standard they plan to phase out come 2015.