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5 Quotes Capturing the Debate Over Dietary Guidelines

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Last week in Houston, a federal advisory committee convened for the fourth time to deliberate the science that will shape the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Revised every five years to reflect current science, these guidelines are the nation’s leading set of evidence-based nutrition recommendations, and they influence the food choices made by millions of people every day. Read more >

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Expect Low Carbs and Low Credibility at Next Week’s Dietary Guidelines Meeting

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Let’s get this out of the way: Carbohydrates are an essential part of human diets. Full stop. That being said, we’re far too often eating them in the form of highly processed foods with little nutritional value. So why do we seem to spend so much time talking about the quantity of carbs in our diets, and so little time talking about the quality? Read more >

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The Best School Lunch News You Never Heard

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

This spring, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a groundbreaking new study showing that kids and schools alike have benefited enormously from new school nutrition standards adopted over the course of the last seven years. This is the first comprehensive assessment of how schools across the nation have fared since the standards were first rolled out in 2012-2013.

But if you missed the press release, it’s because there wasn’t one. Read more >

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Shopping for Change: A Virtual Trip to the Supermarket, and 4 Key Takeaways

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The average US supermarket carries more than 30,000 items. With all that choice, you’d think it would be easy to make day-to-day food-buying decisions that are good for people, animals, and the planet. But a trip to a virtual supermarket in a new online feature shows why that isn’t necessarily true, and what it will take to make real change in our food and farming system. Read more >

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With Lessons from Los Angeles, D.C. Takes a Good Food Policy Coast to Coast

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Just a week after the Council of the District of Columbia advanced a bill that would transition the city to all renewable energy sources by 2032, it scored a big win on another forward-looking policy issue: putting healthy, local, and sustainable food on the plates of many of its youngest residents. Read more >

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