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Dietary Guidelines and Sustainable Food System Advocacy

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has been released. This report will ultimately inform the content of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) for 2015 published every five years by Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture.  

This is the first year there has been an explicit call to consider the attributes of a sustainable food system (Chapter Five of the DGAC report). Though there is potential for the DGA to impact the food and agriculture arena in new ways, the meat industry is pressuring the committee to remove any comments regarding food system sustainability.

We encourage you to add your voice and submit a comment. The need is urgent – the comment period has been extended until May 8th and your letters of support are needed to help keep sustainability in the DGA framework.

Click here to submit your comments.

Additional information and sample messages can be found via John’s Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Health Care Without Harm

The comment process is quick and the results will be long-lasting and far-reaching!


Joanne Burke is the UNH Thomas Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire and a member of the Racial Equity and Food Justice Working Group of the Food Solutions New England network.