A brief digression for a timely announcement

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My next post will almost certainly discuss some proposals for geoengineering the ocean, but, for now, I just want to alert you, in a timely way, to the news that the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded that we need to start thinking about the environmental impact of our food choices.

Here’s a link to the entire report:

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/PDFs/Scientific-Report-of-the-2015-Dietary-Guidelines-Advisory-Committee.pdf

(In particular, see page 12 of Part D, Chapter 5: Food Sustainability and Safety.)

An article in The WashingtonPost notes that some Republicans in Congress are threatening to cut the nutrition panel’s budget. A spokesman for the Appropriations subcommittee warned: “Politically motivated issues such as . . . environmental sustainability are outside [the nutrition panel’s] purview” and that the subcommittee would “keep this in mind” when it considers funding.

Here’s a link to a Washington Post story about the report:

http://wapo.st/1AXTu0h

If you agree with the nutrition panel that taking the environmental impact of our food choices into consideration is important, please go to http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2015/comments/
and leave a comment expressing your support.

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