1. Pushing More Cheese
The USDA and its food pyramids may caution people about eating too many high-fat foods that contribute to obesity but that did not stop it from helping Pizza Hut – Taco Bell – Burger King – Wendy’s and Domino’s to conspire to sell more high-fat foods that contribute to obesity.
In fact the USDA created an entity called Dairy Management – with 162 employees to help fast food giants ‘cheesify’ their menus says the New York Times.
‘If every pizza included one more ounce of cheese we would sell an additional 250 million pounds of cheese annually’ rhapsodized the Dairy Management chief executive in a trade publication.
Dairy Management – while mostly funded by farmers – received $5.3 million of our tax dollars from the USDA during one year observes the Times—almost equal to the whole $6.5 million budget of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion which tells the public to avoid fatty foods… like cheese.
It is also no secret that in providing outlets for ‘surplus products and encouraging consumption of domestically-produced foods’ some of Big Ag’s least healthful and most fattening foods end up in FNS programs.
Who can forget that ‘pink slime’—ground beef treated with ammonia puffs to retard the growth of E. coli—was also a National School Lunch Program mainstay?