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USDA-HHS are Issuing the First-Ever Guidelines for the Birth-24 months Population: Is This a Good Idea?
The advisory committee appointed to oversee the science for the next set of Dietary Guidelines, in 2020 held its inaugural meeting last month—with some startling surprises. Most extraordinary was the government’s assertion that at a time when 60% of the population is afflicted with some kind of nutrition-related disease, the Guidelines will continue to be a policy for healthy Americans only.
By Dr. Dawn Lemanne, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and Dr. Jake Kushner
We have written an urgent letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we hope that you will consider joining us.
The Nutrition Coalition applauds a recent move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), following advice by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), to ensure a greater diversity of viewpoints on the expert panel that advises Americans on what to eat. This reform is long overdue.
An analysis of the last advisory committee to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, our nation’s top nutrition policy, reveals little diversity of opinion on key dietary issues among the committee’s 14 members.
Earlier this month, the agencies responsible for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans quietly dismissed improvements suggested by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to increase transparency of the DGA Advisory Committee and manage member biases.