The US has amassed the large stockpile of cheese since records began 100 years ago. If gathered together. the different varieties of cheese would weigh 630 million kilograms and occupy roughly the same amount of space as the Capitol building in Washington DC.
Stocks have increased because processors have more milk than they can cope with, and it is easily stored as cheese. Milk production has reached record levels thanks to selective breeding and consolidation in the agriculture industry, but consumption has fallen as consumers have embraced non-dairy alternatives such as almond milk. The average American now drinks 18 gallons of milk a year, barely half of what they drunk in the 1970s.
In 2016 the US agriculture department bought more than 40 million kg of cheese to reduce a surplus that was 16 per cent smaller than the current one.
When the EU had extensive intervention buying, cheese was not included with one or two minor exceptions.