COGC Joins Coalition Expressing Concern with Proposed Dietary Guidelines

Yesterday, the Cost of Government Center signed a coalition letter addressed to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) 2015 proposed dietary guidelines. According to the letter, the DGAC has strayed away from their stated mission of providing “nutritional and dietary information and guidelines for the general public…based on the preponderance of scientific and medical knowledge currently available,” and instead the committee is focused on climate change, immigration, sustainability, and other issues that are unrelated to providing sound, scientifically backed nutritional guidelines.  In part, the letter reads:

We would like to reemphasize that the Committee’s purpose—to periodically provide science-based nutritional guidance to the American public—is a worthy goal. However, problems can arise and cynicism can grow when this extremely important task is driven by a small group of like-minded academics, who are insulated from the day-to-day realities of food production and have no experience feeding the vastly diverse population of Americans.

To read the letter in its entirety, click HERE.

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