Feds Decide That Sustainability and Nutrition Don't Mix

The revised federal nutrition guidelines won’t be released until the end of the year, but we already know one thing that won’t be included in the recommendations that inform public health policy and programs across the country: sustainability.

When the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report in February that informs the revision process, the inclusion of environmental concerns came as a shock to those who follow federal food policy—and turned the wonky process, which happens every five years, into national news. While they aren't an everyday tool for eating right, like MyPlate, the guidelines provide a nutritional basis for everything from food assistance program to school-lunch standards and are followed closely by private food companies as well. "A lot of money rides on this advice," Marion Nestle, professor of food studies and nutrition at New York University, told TakePart. While environmentalists and some public health experts cheered the new tack the report took, the food companies balked.

But the livestock industry won't have to contend with a federal endorsement of widespread vegetarianism or anything close to it. On Wednesday, the heads of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Humans Services issued a joint statement that said environmental issues won't factor into the new standards.

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