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The government's new dietary guidelines ignite a huge food industry backlash

The government's new dietary guidelines ignite a huge food industry backlash

So much of the agriculture and food industry is affected by the release of the federal government's dietary guidelines every five years that it's natural to expect them to keep a close eye on the results.

The 2015 guidelines, which are currently in preparation by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services for release by the end of the year, have triggered an especially ferocious backlash. The issue has been the agencies' intention to include advice on "sustainability"--that is, the environmental impact of what we grow to eat.

In general, foods widely considered healthier, such as fresh vegetables, are more sustainable than beef and...

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