This year, and every 5 years, the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services jointly release a document known as, “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
These “Dietary Guidelines,” prepared by doctors and nutrition scientists on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), have a significant impact – in business and in politics – that can be seen in lobbying efforts, Congressional legislation, industry food formulations, agricultural production, restaurant recipes, food assistance programs, schools, government cafeterias, and the military.
Before this year’s Dietary Guidelines are finalized, DGAC’s latest recommendations are being reviewed along with comments from elected members of government, the public, academics, advocacy groups, and industry.
DGAC’s recommendations, published a few months ago, urges “Americans to consider the environment when eating, a recommendation that means putting more vegetables and plant-based foods on your plate.”
It bears repeating: Put more vegetables and plant-based foods on your plate!
And, a recent (June 23/30) “Viewpoint” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) supports DGAC’s new Dietary Guidelines to remove limits on total fat consumption to promote consumption of healthful fat.
Congressional Republicans, however, supported by the meat industry, are pushing two bills that would limit DGAC’s advice. See reports in the Washington Post and other media, including HuffingtonPost.com where a headline reads, “Republicans Are Waging An Unprecedented War Against The New Dietary Guidelines.”
A July 14 event in Chicago, entitled, “A More Effective National Food and Nutrition Policy: Balancing the Role of Research, Nutrition Science, and Public Health” focuses on DGAC’s Dietary Guidelines.
My position is here and clear: Whole food, plant-based nutrition constitutes THE most beneficial diet for our healthier, collective future here on earth. Now, more than ever, every choice you/we make, including purchases that (do or do not) support non-chemically grown, plant-based diets, makes an important difference in determining what will be in the time ahead.
For more about the 2015 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” see the links below:
1) Washington Post: http://bit.ly/diet-guide-washpost-1
2) Huffington Post: http://bit.ly/diet-guide-huffpost
3) JAMA Viewpoint: http://bit.ly/diet-guide-jamaview
4) Pioneer News: http://bit.ly/diet-guide-pioneer
5) Food Navigator USA: http://bit.ly/diet-guide-foodnav
6) Health.GOV: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015
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