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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Trust the Government Nutritional Guidelines

The federal committee crafting the 2015 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” features radical nutritionists who favor Americans moving to “plant-based” diets and a vice chair that laughs about sending Ronald McDonald to the guillotine.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is responsible for creating new nutrition standards that are used to create policy at the federal level. The committee will meet for the third time on Friday, and though the group has not yet released an agenda, past meetings have heavily focused on climate change.
The Hill also recently reported:
But--at least according to Miriam Nelson, a Tufts professor and one of the committee’s 15 members--the DGAC also sees a broader eco-political activist role for itself.

At the DGAC’s last meeting in January, Nelson testified that “we need to make sure that the guidelines and the policies are promoting those foods...[that] are sustainably grown and have the littlest impact on the environment.”

She also noted that in crafting the 2015 dietary guidelines, the committee was “also really addressing the issue of long-term sustainability.”

Nelson’s call to activism was echoed by environmentalist Kate Clancy, the DGAC’s invited “sustainability expert,” who called for “urban agriculture,” “climate change adaptation,” and “a plant-based diet,” apparently suggesting that meat consumption was incompatible with sustainability.

The DGAC’s apparent affinity for green causes and vegetarianism would be harmless if the board were simply another toothless federal advisory agency, but the decisions the committee makes will affect the daily lives of millions of Americans for the next 5 years. Official DGAC guidelines are used to set the meal plans in schools, military facilities, prisons, and federal cafeterias. Because “sustainable” farm-to-table food is often more expensive than the perfectly acceptable food that the DGAC seems interested in phasing out, these guidelines could raise food costs for each of these entities. Guidelines focused on a political agenda instead of sound nutrition could also leave children and soldiers alike malnourished.
In fact, as the documentary Fat Head makes clear, the government's food and nutrition policies are rarely driven by science, but based on untested hypothesis and fear-mongering. (See also the video at this link).

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