Devin Ellsworth


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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.”

News Story from Tuesday:
Environmental Facts:
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report:

Meat and Health Scientific Articles
Meat & Mortality:
Meat & Weight Gain:
Milk & Prostate Cancer:
Animal Products & Dementia:
Western Diet & Cognition:
Meat & Type-2 Diabetes:
Environmental Toxins & Diabetes:
Another Meat & Type-2 Diabetes:
Red Meat Consumption & Mortality:
Ornish on Red Meat Consumption & Mortality:
Meat & Carcinogens:
Meat/Dairy & Lymphoma Risk:
Meat & Carcinogens 2: