Has the Obama Administration Gone Too Far? Telling people what to eat now.
It seems that Congressional Republicans are not in support of the proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what to eat and what not to consume.
In a clear effort to foil, a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, House and Senate spending bills approved by subcommittees in each chamber says the guidelines must primarily focus only on nutrition and diet. The recommendations state that eating a diet that is higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is environment-friendly as compared to a diet that is based on foods from animals. This has certainly caused a fury in the meat industry.
The guidelines are always opposed by some part of the food industry due to their intense nature, but this year’s guidelines have set off an unparalleled political debate, initiated by Republicans. They state that the Obama administration has gone too far in telling people what to eat.
The advice has come from a government advisory panel of independent doctors and nutrition experts.
Every five years, these dietary guidelines come out and to spread awareness about these guidelines among people, the government advice informs everything from school lunches and food packaging labels to follow the guidelines. By the end of 2015, the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are expected to issue a final version. These recommendations were given by the advisory committee in February.
The advisory panel also stated that tax should be imposed on all sugary beverages and snacks as people might stop eating them but this infuriated beverage companies and conservatives in Congress.
Three grades were used by the guidelines panel in order to establish the strength of the science backing its recommendations: Grade 1 is strong, Grade 2 is moderate and Grade 3 is limited. The recommendation that a more plant-based diet is better for the environment is based on science rated “moderate” in the report. This means that there certainly is a strong body of scientific evidence to support the recommendation, but it is not as convincing.
On Tuesday, letters were sent to lawmakers by the advisory committee expressing anger over the guidelines.
Committee Chairwoman Barbara Millen said, “I don’t think public policy should be driven by the economic interests or the lobbyists.”