Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dairy Management's USDA Funding

James McWilliams throws some water on that well circulated story (including here) about how the USDA is promoting making healthy eating choices with one hand, and dumping four times the cheese on those choices with the other. It turns out that Dairy Management is a private company, and that while it has indeed received millions from the USDA, those millions are for the express purpose of promoting the consumption of US dairy products abroad... not finding the upper bound of cheese a pizza is physically able to support.

Well that's kind of boring. Though it's a good demonstration as to how we all tend to take at face value any story that supports our preconceived notions (i.e. farm subsidies BAD).