Meat Industry – 9, Consumers – 0

Editor, Niagara Falls Reporter

Dear Editor:

The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” released yesterday by U.S.
Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth
time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed
scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction
was recommended by the government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory
Committee in a 57 report based on review of thousands of studies.

Reduced meat consumption was first recommended in http://southbuffalonews.com977 by the U.S.
Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs in “Dietary Goals
for the United States”, a precursor to the Dietary Guidelines. The meat
industry forced the Committee to destroy all copies of the report and to
remove the offending recommendation from a new edition.

That wanton government sell-out to the meat industry has replayed itself
with every new edition of the Dietary Guidelines since then. “Dietary
Guidelines for Americans” shape school lunches and other government food
support programs and underlie public health campaigns to lower rates of
obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Fortunately, American consumers are not easily duped. Sales of
plant-based meats, cheeses, milks, and ice creams have skyrocketed, and
every grocery store provides seemingly countless choices of fruits and


Nick Guntermann
Niagara Falls, NY http://southbuffalonews.com4304

Editor References

Food Politics by Marion Nestle, 2007

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