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Monday, July 6, 2015

PUSH BACK AGAINST DIETARY GUIDELINES


Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat. House and Senate spending bills approved by subcommittees in each chamber say the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet. That's a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based on foods from animals. This advice from a government advisory panel of independent doctors and nutrition experts has raised the ire of the meat industry. The dietary guidelines, which come out every 5 years, informs everything from school lunches and food package labels to advice from your doctor. The Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments are expected to issue a final version by year's end based on the advisory committee's recommendations.
Source: MSN, 6/24/15, Dietary Guidelines