Tomorrow, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), the federal working group responsible for re-writing the government’s nutrition guidelines, will convene for its 3rd meeting. You can view the agenda here. Why would this mom of 4 boys from Iowa be worried about what’s going on in D.C? I have plenty of reasons.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, in their meeting on January 13th, Kate Clancy, a Senior Fellow in the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, addressed the DGAC on “sustainability,” stating “After 30 years of waiting, the fact that this committee is addressing sustainability issues brings me a lot of pleasure. What pattern of eating best contributes to food security and the sustainability of land air and water?” Clancy asked. “The simple answer is a plant-based diet.”
Wait. What? I thought this was about dietary guidelines. You know, what we eat, what is best for us…etc. And now we’re talking about “food security” and “sustainability of land, air and water”? Oh, I get it. Climate change. Being the daughter of an Iowa farmer and having been raised on my family’s Century Farm (it has been in our family for over 100 years), my dad’s saying of, “this isn’t my farm, I’m just borrowing it from my grandchildren” comes to mind.
There is no one more focused on air, land and water than farmers. It is their life. It was their parents’ life. It is their children’s life and (as many farmers hope) will be their grandchildren’s lives as well. Yes, I am a corn-fed Iowa girl and I know a great steak when I get one. My boys (all 4 of them) love steak as well.
Believe it or not, my parents buy whole cows from their fellow farmers and have space at the local meat locker (which also doubles as the butcher in our town). I’m glad that the Government seems to believe that they know what is better for land, water and air sustainability than my dad, who, lived on the farm his entire life. Is it good that worrying about sustainability is “en vogue” now? Sure. But I can bet my dad would be able to teach a few bureaucrats a thing or two.
As a mother, I worried about my boys getting enough nutrition. Our pediatrician (a retired Colonel in the Army) said it best, “You decide what goes on their plate, they’ll choose what they put in their mouths.” Did you hear that? YOU decide. NOT the Government.
Thanks Michelle and Barack — you can choose what goes on your girls’ plates, I’ll feed my boys what I choose. Isn’t that what America is all about? Freedom to choose? Or did I miss that memo?