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Got Dairy? Got Murder. How they use your money to kill billions while making you fat.

November 13, 2010




From The Washington Post

Republicans say their midterm election victory shows that the American people want to shrink the federal government and make it smarter. If that’s true, and if the new GOP majority in the House wants to deliver on its promises, we can think of no better place to start than Dairy Management. This little-known appendage of the Agriculture Department exists for one purpose: to encourage Americans to drink more milk and eat more cheese, so that dairy farmers can make more money. This is not our idea of an urgent national priority.

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There are similar entities designed to increase demand for other commodities such as beef and pork. The Supreme Court has called these programs “government speech” that does not violate the Constitution.

To the contrary, annual cheese consumption in the United States has grown from 11 pounds per person in 1970 to 33 pounds per person now, which may help explain the rise in obesity and related illnesses. Dairy Management supports this troubling trend by encouraging fast-food restaurants to market new products laden with high-fat cheese. Its efforts include helping Domino’s develop extra-cheese pizzas containing two-thirds of the daily recommended amount of saturated fat per slice, according to a recent story in the New York Times.

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And Dairy Management, which has made cheese its cause, is not a private business consultant. It is a marketing creation of the United States Department of Agriculture — the same agency at the center of a federal anti-obesity drive that discourages over-consumption of some of the very foods Dairy Management is vigorously promoting.   NYTimes

Dairy Management does not cost the taxpayers much money – at least not directly. The corporation, created by the Clinton administration in 1995 pursuant to the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 (below), derives its budget of almost $140 million a year mostly from a mandatory assessment on all milk production in the continental United States, which farmers voted to impose on themselves. No doubt that gets passed along to consumers in the price of milk, butter, cheese and yogurt. But the secretary of agriculture appoints the board that supervises the expenditure of the money and approves Dairy Management’s marketing campaigns. There are similar entities designed to increase demand for other commodities such as beef and pork. The Supreme Court has called these programs “government speech” that does not violate the Constitution.

This little-known appendage of the Agriculture Department exists for one purpose: to encourage Americans to drink more milk and eat more cheese, so that dairy farmers can make more money.

Constitutional is not the same as wise, however. Even if this cheese-peddling corporation doesn’t waste government money, it wastes government authority. Dairy farmers are perfectly capable of buying their own advertising. And shoppers are perfectly capable of deciding whether they want more cheese. The federal government’s only role should be to disseminate objective nutritional information free from conflicts of interest, real or apparent. Working to boost the demand for certain commodities is the epitome of big, stupid government. We’ll be very interested to see whether the new Republican House has the courage to say so.


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Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    November 13, 2010 9:28 pm

    My 4 year old is allergic to milk and was vegan the first 2 years of his life. he had cow cheese his 3rd year.. now he likes Diaya and Almond Cheese and he is ok with the taste and texture. We don’t need Dead Calves on our Concious.

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    • November 13, 2010 10:52 pm

      Thanks much for your input, Debbie. I’ve never tried almond cheese, but it sounds delicious.

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  2. debera permalink
    November 14, 2010 7:54 am

    it is so heartless and greedy and i am so tired of those ridiculous dairy commercials promoting milk, yogurt & cheese…wtf..people are either morons or evil….who enjoys drinking BREAST MILK…which was made for baby cows to gain weight….loaded with FAT….these poor dairy cows are treated like money machines. there is no such thing as a HAPPY COW. wake up humanity, stop the torture…drink coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk….MILKSUCKS.COM

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    • November 16, 2010 11:20 am

      I’ve always found it interesting that people (not babies) will recoil when offered human breastmilk but think nothing of drinking it from another species treated in hideous, cruel manners in diseased and dirty environments … There is a void, a lack of connect, ambivalence, and deliberate apathy, the last of which is, indeed, most intentional.

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  3. Jim permalink
    November 17, 2010 3:36 am

    I wonder if anyone knows if there have been any studies that compare dairy consumption to levels of obesity on a country by country basis? It seems to me (from casual observation) that the USA, UK, Australia & NZ are among the biggest consumers of dairy products and also the leaders in obesity related deaths. Surely this is worthy of investigation?

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