"Milk Money" exposes a practice known as "herd retirement," the slaughter of a half a million cows in order to drive up prices. Cooperatives Working Together -- a consortium of the top dairy companies, including Land O' Lakes -- pushed "herd retirement" price fixing in 2003 and the move earned dairy companies as much as $11.7 billion.
The second place winner of the 2013 AFJ Award for "Best Story on Food Policy or Food Issues," was Hanna Raskin of the Seattle Weekly for her piece, "Peaches and Dreams." Third place went to Carolyn Jung of Food Arts for her "Foie and Its Discontents."
This category was new to the contest this year, and reflects "changes in journalism as a whole, and food journalism in particular," according to the Association of Food Journalists. Here's a complete list of the 2013 AFJ Award winners.