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Domino's Wisconsin 6 Cheese pizza. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

This story in the New York Times is unbelievable yet at the same time depressingly, annoyingly, and frustratingly all too believable. Seems that while at once warning Americans about the dangers of obesity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working with Domino's to get people to eat more cheese.

Urged on by government warnings about saturated fat, Americans have been moving toward low-fat milk for decades, leaving a surplus of whole milk and milk fat. Yet the government, through [USDA marketing arm] Dairy Management, is engaged in an effort to find ways to get dairy back into Americans' diets, primarily through cheese.

What gets me the most is the fact that Dairy Management created and funded a $12 million campaign for Domino's. The pizza chain hardly needs that kind of corporate welfare. [via Dave Konstantin and Jennifer J.]

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