The USDA is choosing Politics over Science

The USDA is pushing dietary guidelines based on environmental concerns, as opposed to basing their advice on nutritional science, which is against the law.

Actually, there are two issues here. In the first place, the USDA advisory panel isn’t even using science.

And on top of that, the guidelines are set based on environmental concerns as opposed to nutritional science. Fortunately, there are some politicians pushing back.

Of course, many activist groups such as the EDA want such recommendations put into place.

As per The Heritage Foundation:

Every five years, the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issue dietary guidelines to advise the public on healthy eating. All federal nutritional policy must be consistent with these guidelines, including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

In preparation for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is developing recommendations to inform the new guidelines. Yet the committee’s work has gone beyond human dietary health to taking into account environmental issues, such as sustainability and climate change.

Policy Recommendation. The environmental focus in the Dietary Guidelines is not just deceptive, but dangerous. The Dietary Guidelines should reflect the best advice on nutritional policy for humans, undistorted by environmental objectives. The USDA presents the guidelines as the authoritative source for nutritional advice, but in fact they would be compromised by an environmental agenda.

Please don’t misunderstand what’s being said here. This author has no problem in accepting (and acting upon) the need to protect the environment.

The USDA Guidelines site says that

The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet—one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.

Clearly, this is not the case.