Urge the USDA to recommend more plant-based food in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines

You’re likely wondering what the USDA Nutrition Guidelines has to do with animal protection. The short answer is an awful lot. The foods we eat not only impact our health, but also the health and wellbeing of animals.

The majority of animals killed for food in the United States are raised on factory farms. These intensive animal agricultural facilities evolved as a means to satisfy an ever-increasing demand for meat. However, if the USDA 2020 Nutrition Guidelines calls for an increase in plant-based proteins, the United States—which has one of the highest rates of meat consumption of any country in the world—has the opportunity to reduce its meat consumption and lower the overall demand for low welfare meat. 

Once demand decreases, World Animal Protection expects that factory farms can start being phased out, creating a shift towards farming practices that are more sustainable and kinder to animals. That’s right! Meat reduction has the potential to put an end to many cruel industrial farming practices, such as extreme confinement, the overuse of antibiotics, and brutal mutilations.

Meat reduction has the potential to put an end to many cruel industrial farming practices, such as extreme confinement, the overuse of antibiotics, and brutal mutilations.

How you can help

Right now, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is reviewing scientific studies and discussing the best recommendations for the suggested American diet. These nutrition recommendations—set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services—shape food choices made by millions of kids, parents, seniors, and veterans each day and guide more than $80 billion in federal spending every year.

Cows, pigs, and chickens raised for food are among the most abused animals in the world. Will you join World Animal Protection and urge the USDA to reduce the amount of recommended animal-based proteins in the 2020-2025 Nutrition Guidelines?

1. Visit the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee docket on Regulations.gov

2. Copy and paste the comment below: 

 

Dear Secretary Sonny Perdue,

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines has the opportunity to address how the foods we eat not only impact our health but also animals and the planet. Back in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee found that the average US diet is contributing to climate change, mostly as it pertains to intensive animal agriculture and meat production. 

However, eating more plant-based proteins, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, can help us protect animals, public health and our planet for generations to come.

As someone who cares about my health, the health of animals, and the health of our planet, I strongly urge the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to consider current scientific evidence surrounding plant-based foods and publish guidelines that incorporate a reduction in animal-based proteins.

3. Input your contact information and submit your comment. 

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