New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost

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cow farting For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but for the environment as well.
That means that when the latest version of the government’s dietary guidelines comes out, it may push even harder than it has in recent years for people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — at the expense of meat.
The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.
The advisory panel has been discussing the idea of sustainability in public meetings, indicating that its recommendations, expected early this year, may address the environment. A draft recommendation circulated last month said a sustainable diet helps ensure food access for both the current population and future generations.
A dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is “more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average U.S. diet,” the draft said.
That appears to take at least partial aim at the beef industry. A study by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year said raising beef for the American dinner table is more harmful to the environment than other meat industries such as pork and chicken.
The study said that compared with other popular animal proteins, beef produces more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out more water-polluting nitrogen, takes more water for irrigation and uses more land.
As the advisory committee has discussed the idea, doctors and academics on the panel have framed sustainability in terms of conserving food resources and also what are the healthiest foods. There is “compatibility and overlap” between what’s good for health and good for the environment, the panel says.
Once the recommendations are made, the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments will craft the final dietary guidelines, expected about a year from now. Published every five years, the guidelines are the basis for USDA’s “My Plate” icon that replaced the well-known food pyramid in 2010 and is designed to help Americans with healthy eating. Guidelines will also be integrated into school lunch meal patterns and other federal eating programs.
The meat industry has fought for years to ensure that the dietary guidelines do not call for eating less meat. The guidelines now recommend eating lean meats instead of reducing meat altogether, advice that the current advisory committee has debated. A draft discussed at the panel’s Dec. 15 meeting says a healthy dietary pattern includes fewer “red and processed meats” than are currently consumed.
In response, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent out a statement by doctor and cattle producer Richard Thorpe calling the committee biased and the draft meat recommendations absurd. He said lean beef has a role in healthy diets.
The American Meat Institute issued a statement calling any attempt to take lean meat out of a healthy dietary pattern “stunning” and “arbitrary.” Objections are coming from Congress, too.
A massive year-end spending bill enacted last month noted the advisory committee’s interest in the environment and directed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “to only include nutrition and dietary information, not extraneous factors” in final guidelines. Congress often uses such non-binding directions to put a department on notice that lawmakers will push back if the executive branch moves forward.
Environmentalists are pushing the committee and the government to go the route being considered. “We need to make sure our diets are in alignment with our natural resources and the need to reduce climate change,” said Kari Hamerschlag of the advocacy group Friends of the Earth.
Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said the idea of broader guidelines isn’t unprecedented. They have already been shaped to address physical activity and food safety, he said. “You don’t want to recommend a diet that is going to poison the planet,” he said.

Oops! The Obamas caught poisoning the planet...

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0 responses to “New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost

  1. I can’t express fully how totally sick I am of Libratards telling me how to live my life and what I should eat. They need to keep their eyes on their own plates. Most of them have the skin coloring of paste due to their vitamin deficient diets. They don’t seem to get it, God didn’t design humans to live off of seeds such as Chia, etc. The Obama’s are the biggest hypocrites to ever walk the planet, while Mooch has taken school lunches to a new low, they fill their faces with everything they tell the rest of us not to eat. I’m taking a steak out of the freezer in honor of their stupidity and I will toast them with a glass of wine tonight.

  2. Great article, DCG! I love your choice of photos, too!

  3. LOL – That cow must be eating Mexican food.
    As for the food NAZIs, fork ’em and feed ’em beans. 🙂

  4. have sex with children
    legalise drugs
    don’t eat fast food
    behead infidels
    east meets west?
    (Mike Bloomfield was after all from Chicago)
    makes perfect sense

  5. Try getting a cat to eat vegan… not going to happen.

  6. They are not going to have to worry about future generations ,they are thinning us out with their GMO poison ! No one would want to live here anyway . They would have us walking around like some like zombies knowing nothing and just obey !! If I were not a Christian I would be frightened for my future sense I am I know God is going to take care of these idiots and show them how to really run a Government right !!!!!

  7. Does anyone else suspect the UN has a big hand in this? It reeks of New World Order-ness.


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