Tell the Feds: 'Yes to Less Meat, More Plants'

April 22, 2015 2:36 PM

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Every five years the federal government updates the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The idea is to help Americans eat right, while informing nutrition standards for food assistance programs such as school meals. The "Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee" (DGAC) has spent the past two years reviewing research and holding public hearings. The process is rigorous and the committee is not exactly radical.

But when the DGAC's final report was issued at the end of February, the meat lobby went ballistic. That's because the committee made the not-so-surprising finding that eating too much red meat and processed meat can be bad for you. How bad? Numerous scientific studies have shown that red meat and pr...

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