Vilsack: Dietary Guidelines Are About Health, Not Environment

A panel of nutrition experts generated controversy last month when it pressed the federal government to consider the environment when issuing new dietary guidelines later this year. Generally speaking, that would mean asking Americans to eat less meat and more plant-based foods. Ever since then, the question has been whether the agencies developing the recommendations – the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services – would take up the suggestion and weigh the impact of food on air and water quality, among other issues. In an interview Wednesday with The Wall Street Journal, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack suggested that, for him, the answer is no – that so-called sustainability issues fall outside the scope of the dietary guidelines. <more>

March 11, 2015 The Wall Street Journal