Because, when the government gets involved, what could go wrong?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hired an environmental nutrition consultant to oversee its Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which has already faced criticism for introducing climate change into nutrition policy.
Because who else would you hire but an environmental nutrition consultant to advise the public how not to get fat and sick? Meet Angela Tagtow.
A “good food” activist, Tagtow founded Environmental Nutrition Solutions, whose mission is to change the food system by making it more “sustainable, ecologically sound, [and] socially acceptable.” She formerly was the endowed chair for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.
Tagtow explained her definition of a sustainable food system during a guest lecture at Utah State University in 2011.
“A sustainable and resilient food system conserves and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and in the future,” she said.
Socially acceptable? Advances social justice and animal welfare? Perhaps I’m a cheap date, but I’d happily settle for dietary advice from the so-called “experts” that doesn’t send us barreling toward poor health and misery.
“If dietitians are empowered to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders, dietetic education and practice must encompass the ecological, political, social and economical implications of a healthy diet,” she added.
Tell ya what, Toots: When you bozos get within a mile of nutritional science, maybe we can talk. Until then I’ll watch from afar as you follow in the footsteps of our illustrious leader in the field of community organizing.