Dietary guidelines deliver win for meat industry

Jan 7, 2016

Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media

New federal guidelines for healthy eating announced Thursday do not urge Americans to eat less meat, delivering a big win to Midwest meat farmers and ranchers.  

Initial recommendations by scientific advisors suggested Americans could be more environmentally friendly by cutting back on meat. Although the final version of the dietary guidelines issued every five years by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services propose teenage and adult men reduce their intake of protein, there is no specific request to eat less meat.

Environmental groups have hoped the recommendations would reinforce their campaigns to factor the environment into eating habits.