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Americans Should Consider Eating Less Meat For Environmental Reasons, Scientists Say Print Email
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Americans shouldn’t just think about their own health when choosing what foods to eat — they should also consider the health of the environment, according to an influential scientific panel.The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), a panel of scientists that makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on every five years when the agency updates its Dietary Guidelines, published its 2015 report Thursday. In it, the DGAC states that adopting a sustainable diet helps ensure that future generations will have access to the foods we have access to now. It also stated that “a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current U.S. diet.” Right now, Americans aren’t doing a great job of eating with the environment in mind, the report states. Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/02/20/3625164/scientists-say-eat-more-veggies/