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We often hear a lot about the scary ways the soft drink and fast food industries have infiltrated our food system and influenced the government, but now, it’s time to take a good hard look at the ways in which the dairy industry has done essentially the same thing.

A new report shared via Eat Drink Politics, titled Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods, illuminates how “the dairy industry, propped up by government, has convinced us of the health benefits of milk and other dairy products.” Additionally, the report focuses on “the shifting patterns of consumption away from plain milk toward dairy products laden with sugar, fat, and salt. ”

The report also shows the ways in which the government has been working hand-in-hand with the dairy industry: “It’s bad enough for the dairy industry to promote junk food in the name of health, but making matters worse, Uncle Sam is propping up the effort. The federal government mandates the collection of industry fees for ‘checkoff programs’ to promote milk and dairy. Far from being just a privately-funded program, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees attend checkoff meetings, monitor activities, and are responsible for evaluation of the programs. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the legality of the checkoff programs as ‘government speech’, finding: ‘the message … is controlled by the Federal Government.'”

You can read the full report for free. Make sure to read this information and share the shocking findings. As the report’s lead author, Michele Simon, writes: “At a time when our nation is suffering from an epidemic of diet-related health problems, we cannot allow the decades of whitewashing by the dairy industry to continue. The assumption that eating dairy is essential to the diet has obstructed our ability to criticize federal government support for unhealthy forms of dairy.”

Let’s read up and then take a stand, Green Monsters!

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10 comments on “New Report Reveals Shocking Ways Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods”

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Karla Stay
3 Years Ago

No dairy for over 40 years. I am a human mammal. When we are weaned from the breast or bottle we need other nutrition. Milk....not so much.

Laura McClellan Invernale
3 Years Ago

The dairy industry is cruelty, abuse and is unhealthy to humans. Did you realize that cows must give birth to produce milk. The babies don't get the milk the dairy industry takes it for profit. Wonder what happens to the babies? Well, there's veal, there's rennet (cheese), shoes and of course pet food.

Eric Mckelvey
3 Years Ago

Off dairy for about a year. Even our water is poisoned....

Alyssa Axelrod
3 Years Ago

Am continually disgusted by the efforts to systematically poison us...all to keep us on medication to address all the ailments from eating this stuff. Thanks for all the great information. At least, in spite of their efforts, "they" cannot ultimately control what they put in our grocery carts. Fight back with your wallet, the most powerful weapon on the planet!

Bolek Lolek
3 Years Ago

Oat milk is delicious...

Catpacker Gertrude
3 Years Ago

I had pizza last night with dairy cheese after being off dairy for a few weeks. I could only eat a little - it just seemed so gross. It is funny, the idea of human breast milk turns most people's stomachs, but we'll eat the milk of a number of animals. Not me, not anymore.

Danyelá Cantat
3 Years Ago

Soy milk, oat milk, rice milk...

Tonia Lloyd
3 Years Ago

Got crap in your diet that the human body doesn't need, so that a group of businesses can continue to make money??

Rory Royce Blackwood
3 Years Ago

school milk...

Roxanne Sapra
3 Years Ago

Milk. Ugh. Gross cancerous growth and animal hormones. I'd sooner drink a random woman's breast milk.


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