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4-28-2020

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Dairy is included in the USDA, MyPlate food diagram alongside fruit, vegetables, protein, and grains, as if milk consumption is socially normative and necessary for health. The normative inclusion of dairy in the diagram not only ignores linkages between dairy consumption and health, but also reflects and perpetuates a connection between systemic racism, white supremacy, and anti-feminist ideas regarding milk production. Dairy has played a significant role throughout history, finding its way into socially significant foods including cheeseburgers, pizza, coffee, and ice cream. The socio-political context of dairy includes its relationship with the US health crisis, sexism, feminism, racism, corruption of power in politics, and climate change. While most minorities cannot consume milk, the USDA promotes the drinking of cow,'milk through MyPlate, which is an updated and simplified version of the food pyramid and US dietary guidelines. This rhetorical criticism uses tools including the critique of ethnocentrism, feminism, and cultural hegemony to reveal evidence against the inclusion of dairy in the next set of USDA dietary guidelines. The inclusion of dairy, a non essential food group with a distorted public perception, also reveals the power of the dairy industry in the US and its ties to politics. The consequences of the inclusion of dairy include racially disproportionate health issues in the US, the forced exploitation of females reproductive systems in the dairy industry, injustice in health education for women and racial minorities, and the further advancement of climate change.

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Apr 28th, 12:00 AM

The Real Reason You Shouldn't Cry Over Spilled Milk: Rhetorical Criticism of Dairy Inclusion in the USDA's MyPlate

Dairy is included in the USDA, MyPlate food diagram alongside fruit, vegetables, protein, and grains, as if milk consumption is socially normative and necessary for health. The normative inclusion of dairy in the diagram not only ignores linkages between dairy consumption and health, but also reflects and perpetuates a connection between systemic racism, white supremacy, and anti-feminist ideas regarding milk production. Dairy has played a significant role throughout history, finding its way into socially significant foods including cheeseburgers, pizza, coffee, and ice cream. The socio-political context of dairy includes its relationship with the US health crisis, sexism, feminism, racism, corruption of power in politics, and climate change. While most minorities cannot consume milk, the USDA promotes the drinking of cow,'milk through MyPlate, which is an updated and simplified version of the food pyramid and US dietary guidelines. This rhetorical criticism uses tools including the critique of ethnocentrism, feminism, and cultural hegemony to reveal evidence against the inclusion of dairy in the next set of USDA dietary guidelines. The inclusion of dairy, a non essential food group with a distorted public perception, also reveals the power of the dairy industry in the US and its ties to politics. The consequences of the inclusion of dairy include racially disproportionate health issues in the US, the forced exploitation of females reproductive systems in the dairy industry, injustice in health education for women and racial minorities, and the further advancement of climate change.