Following a plant-based diet will benefit the planet and future generations
By David L. Katz • Originally published on US News & World Report
No, this is not about noshing on plate scraps. Nor is it about “kid food,” per se. I have written about that before. For that matter, my son has weighed in on that topic, addressing it both to you and directly to his peers, your kids. He has done so more than once, growing from a boy to a young man in the process, with his subject matter – food – the one and only construction material. It’s our own mini-version of “Boyhood.”
But, as noted, that is not today’s topic. Today’s topic is sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued what I consider to be a truly stellar, 572-page report. We are now in a period of cogitation, consideration and commentary during which everyone with skin in the game gets to tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture why they should embrace or renounce specific elements in the report.
In a departure from prior committee reports, this one addresses the sustainability of our diets. Because this is a new topic, there is some feeble basis to say maybe it doesn’t belong here. But feeble it is; of course it belongs here.
So, really, it’s hard to see how this can be legitimately controversial for anyone who plans to live, and eat, on this planet for the foreseeable future. But it is, just the same – and for the inevitable reason. Money.