How Agriculture Controls Nutrition Guidelines

"Based on a confluence of what is good for human bodies, available to people, and good for the planet (the continued existence of all human bodies), the committee (of nutrition experts) concluded that plant-based diets are preferable to diets high in animal meats.

This did not sit well with many in the business of meat. “Some of the biggest critics of these guidelines are from industries that supply unhealthy foods and special interests with questionable credentials,” noted representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, during Wednesday’s hearing. He mentioned hearing from a former Enron executive who was trying to fund opposition to the proposed recommendations. “I don’t know what Enron knows about dietary guidelines, but there are powerful interests out there trying to challenge credibility, trying to question science.”...

Meat producers showed dominance over nutrition experts this week...