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Meat Eating Climate: THE USDA CAVES TO THE MEAT INDUSTRY

In February of this year, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of the nation’s top experts on health and nutrition, issued their 571-page report detailing the latest in scientific research as it pertains to diet and health. The advisory committee are the experts that advise the policy. They themselves do not write the policy, that is of course reserved for the government. In this case, the USDA.

Among the report was a particularly shocking line to me, one that gave me great hope. It read:

Current evidence shows that the average U.S. diet has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, and energy use. This is because the current U.S. population intake of animal-based foods is higher and plant-based foods are lower.

The experts recommended that the USDA consider sustainability when making its recommendations on health and nutrition, and with that in mind, to recommend people favor a more plant-based diet and eat less meat dairy and eggs.

Well on Tuesday the government said “no thanks.”

SOURCES:
News Story from Tuesday: http://freebeacon.com/issues/feds-cave-remove-sustainability-from-dietary-guidelines/
AND: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Feds-won-t-address-beef-s-environmental-toll-6554657.php#photo-8528760
AND: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/10/06/new_nutritional_guidelines_will_ignore_the_climate_obama_administration.html
Environmental Facts: http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/

Meat and Health Scientific Articles
Meat & Mortality: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2803089/
Meat & Weight Gain: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20592131
Milk & Prostate Cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15203374
Animal Products & Dementia: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8327020
Western Diet & Cognition: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23291218
Meat & Type-2 Diabetes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Glycotoxins%3A+A+Missing+Link
Environmental Toxins & Diabetes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20232619
Another Meat & Type-2 Diabetes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22983636
Red Meat Consumption & Mortality: http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1134845
Ornish on Red Meat Consumption & Mortality: http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1134817
Meat & Carcinogens: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15072585
Meat/Dairy & Lymphoma Risk: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20473877
Meat & Carcinogens 2: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cooked-meats-fact-sheet