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(article, Culinate staff)
You may already know that the U.S. dairy industry, despite the images on milk cartons of happy cows grazing in bucolic fields, isn't exactly a pretty picture. AlterNet's Tara Lohan takes a closer look at our bovine mess, discussing the logical consequences of dairy on a large scale: hormone and antibiotic overuse, milk overproduction, and all those extra calves (because, really, the only way to get cows to keep making milk is for them to keep having babies) sold for meat or simply left to die. Makes Laura Grace Weldon's cow look all the more lucky.