Trump’s New Dietary Guidelines? They Favor the Meat Industry

Trump's new dietary guidelines favor the meat industry. New USDA DGA's exclude certain topics including sustainability, and whether a meat diet is healthy.


Liam Pritchett, Live Kindly

September 12, 2019


The Trump administration is limiting the range of topics addressed by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). This could mean the exclusion of important research, data, and information.


The Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture oversee the committee responsible for making guideline recommendations. This committee has predetermined the topics that can be addressed, potentially leaving out key studies concerning sustainability, meat, and health.


“What will not be included are recommendations that address the sustainability of our food supply,” says the Union of Concerned Scientists — an American science advocacy group.


“The topic list for 2020 also leaves out red meat and processed meat,” says UCS. “Despite strong evidence linking consumption to colorectal cancer, heart disease, and other health conditions.”


The sidelining of unfettered scientific and expert input has raised concerns over industry influence on the federal government. Particularly because of the Department of Agriculture’s role in dictating what can — and can’t — be addressed.


“A wide range of experts say these are among the most critical questions as the nation faces an epidemic of lifestyle diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes,” says UCS.


“They also represent the issues that large food companies find most objectionable,” UCS adds. “Because they would probably cast high-sodium, high-sugar, high-saturated fat and highly processed foods in a poor light.”


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