h/t Our Hen House
A couple of days ago, The Hill published an article called “Vegan diet best for planet.”
A federal panel that helps set federal dietary guidelines is recommending Americans eat less meat because it’s better for the environment, sparking outrage from industry groups representing the nation’s purveyors of beef, pork and poultry.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a federally appointed panel of nutritionists created in 1983, decided for the first time this year to factor in environmental sustainability in its recommendations. They include a finding that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental impact.
The meat industry is lashing back, contending the panel has neither the authority nor the expertise to make such a judgment.
Hard to say whether this one will have a happy ending. The article does say:
The Agriculture Department and Department of Health and Human Services will use the committee’s report and recommendations to draft the final guidelines for 2015, due out later this year.
But it follows up with this:
But even Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said sustainability is an issue that falls outside the scope of the guidelines.
Still, how cool is it to read this line in an article about federal dietary recommendations?
In its review of scientific studies, the committee highlighted research concluding that a vegan diet had the most potential health benefits.