The dairy industry is not your friend. They may have tricked the government into recommending you consume a pound and half a day of their product (by weight – 3 cups by volume) because they say you need it to survive, but there are lots of knowledgeable people and organizations who would have you believe otherwise. Not everyone has the resources to manipulate the political system like those in agribusiness, so alternative takes are not often heard.
Why does the government recommend we drink so much milk? In the immortal words of Krusty the Clown, “They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house! I’m not made of stone!”
That’s how we’ll refer to it when lobbyists and special interests legally bribe the government to subvert the greater good. The case with the American Dairy Association is more about telling us what is in fact the greater good than actually subverting a long standing belief.
The writer of this opinion piece decided to take matters into his own hands and see what happens when he cuts out dairy all together. Its several months later and I’m pretty sure he’s still alive and doing quite well.