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Join in shaping the dietary guidelines of the future by removing the USDA from it.

A petition was started on the White House website http://wh.gov/lnK4u to request that the U.S. Government remove the USDA as the agency responsible for the dietary guidelines.

This needs all the help it can get. What should a post-UDSA American Dietary Guideline resemble? What things missing today (debatable like GMO labeling, sugar RDA, truth in numbers, etc.) could be added? What new idea's are there to help frame this new chapter of guidance?

Maybe this is wishful thinking, but at least it is an attempt to bring this topic into people's thoughts and spur discussion.

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  • Feb 25 2014: I think removing the USDA from all involvement in dietary guidelines is an excellent idea!!!

    Each state is capable of directing their schools and public institutions on the dietary needs of their populous. If you look at the state of our kids health, it stinks. Low income kids eat primarily at school and the food they eat is highly processed and full of high fructose corn syrup, a substance proven to lead to obesity.

    Who believes the USDA doesn't have political motivation behind their recommendations? White bread, hot dogs, nachos, pancakes with syrup, mac and cheese, crackers and lunch meat, soda pop, high sugar energy drinks, it's all garbage and doesn't really qualify as nutrition. Calories and nutrition are not interchangeable unless for a brief period of time and for survival!

    When introduced to real food options in kindergarten, kids acquire a taste for better food. Again, I think the individual states would do a much better job at setting and regulating proper nutritional guidelines. This would make local involvement by both parents, teachers, senators and governors greater and hold them all more accountable.

    USDA needs to be trimmed down, updated and restructured. I agree all food (food products) in this country need to be identified as GMO if appropriate, better yet, do away with GMO food.
  • Feb 25 2014: Thank you for the feedback thus far. I think the emphasis of fruits and vegetables is key as well as the de-emphasis of heavily processed foods and sugar.

    I will look into the webcast and public comment though I do not feel that they would generate the needed change or get rid of the conflict of interest or influence of the food industry on our dietary guidelines.

    I envision that the subsidy for other real food items would need to be increased while the agro products supplying our heavily processed food decreased in order to make real food more affordable.

    Brazil has recently presented it's new dietary guidelines which are now open for public comment. They place an emphasis on real food and ask people to limit the intake processed food. More information on those can be found at: http://www.foodpolitics.com/2014/02/brazils-new-dietary-guidelines-food-based/
  • Feb 24 2014: Put fresh organic fruits and vegetables high upon the list!
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    Feb 23 2014: actually, bill, i'm not 100% sure you will be able to comment on the webcast. If you want to know for sure before you register, you could phone and ask the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at 240.453.8280. But I do believe anyone can post written comments for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to read at the web address I already gave you.
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    Feb 22 2014: As a member of the public, you can attend meetings of the Dietary Guidelines Committee, or post comments on their webpage. If you examine this page, the next meeting is on March 14, 2014, via webcast, and you could register to give your comments, questions, concerns: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/

    I believe the dietary guidelines are actually a joint project of the usda and hhs.