Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Is the US Ready for Sustainable Dietary Guidelines? New Research Makes a Compelling Case

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

If the Dietary Guidelines continue to sideline sustainability research, the diet the US government recommends today could put a healthy diet further out of reach tomorrow. Read more >

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New Studies on Red and Processed Meat Are a Big, Fat Nothingburger

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

If you caught any health news from The Washington Post, New York Times, or NPR this morning, you might have been inundated (happily or otherwise) with pictures of bacon, burgers, hot dogs, and sausages. And those pictures were likely accompanied by headlines touting new research that conflicts with nearly ubiquitous dietary advice to eat less red and processed meat. The trouble is, this isn’t news at all—it’s just a terribly misguided interpretation of the evidence we already have.  Read more >

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Two Major Takeaways from the Second Dietary Guidelines Public Meeting

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

This week, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee convened for its second public meeting at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The committee is charged with developing a scientific report that will lay the foundation for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans—the ninth edition of science-based nutrition recommendations that shape the food choices made by millions of kids, parents, and seniors every day. Read more >

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“Big Food” Companies Spend Big Money in Hopes of Shaping the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The maker of Snickers, M&Ms, and Skittles has built a global conglomerate on sugar. The privately held Mars Incorporated let it be known earlier this year that it hopes to double its $35 billion annual revenue over the next decade, reportedly through expansion in pet food and other areas. But for now, confectionery treats are a main business, which could be why the company spent more than $2 million, in 2018 and early 2019, lobbying Congress around the federal government’s nutrition advice, among other food policy issues. Of course, it’s also possible Mars has a more socially responsible motive, which I’ll get to in a minute. Read more >

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Four Things the New Congress Can Do to Hold Trump’s USDA Accountable

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

When it comes to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its handling of food and farming issues, Congressional oversight is sorely needed. As the new Congress gets underway, here are four ways its leaders should seek to make Secretary Perdue and his USDA more accountable to the public interest. Read more >

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