The New American Century for The New American Diet

The New American Diet

Every day is Christmas at The United States Department of Agriculture [aka USDA] and the beneficiaries of their largess are doing their best to end hunger in the United States.

USDA Budget

USDA: FY 2015 Budget Summary and Annual Performance Plan
http://www.obpa.usda.gov/budsum/FY15budsum.pdf

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal government policy on farming, agriculture, forestry, and food.

It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and internationally.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Agriculture

The USDA is so imbibed with the Christmas Spirit they have customised The Twelve Days of Christmas to aid their report writing.

Twelve Days of Christmas

However, don’t get too excited because the USDA have cooked up a special Christmas diet for you.

Initially, they’re cutting back on your rations of red meat, processed meat, refined grains, sugar, salt and saturated fat.

Reducing consumption of red and processed meat, refined grains, added sugars, sodium, and saturated fat; substituting saturated fats with polyunsaturated alternatives; and replacing solid animal fats with non-tropical vegetable oils and nuts.

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

These cut backs will reduce your ration of red and processed meat to below the level associated with the healthy Mediterranean diet.

Red and processed meats are higher in the Mediterranean-style diets but lower in the DASH-style diet than is recommended by the USDA Food Patterns.

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

Next, they want you to enjoy a hearty Yuletide feast of vegetables, whole grains and legumes followed by a fantastic festival of fruit – all washed down with a moderate amount of booze.

The overall body of evidence examined by the 2015 DGAC identifies that a healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate in alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meat; and low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.

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

So now is the time to place your order for your nutritious Nativity Nut-roast.

And you can forget all about lounging around with the family watching television.

The USDA also have guidelines to get you exercising and turning off your television.

Sound tools and resources, like the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, can help individuals achieve healthy diet and physical activity patterns.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-to vigorous-intensity physical activity each week and two days a week of strength training.

Youth ages 6 to 17 years should engage in 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no more than 2 hours a day of screen time (including television and other types of media) for children ages 2 years and older and none for children younger than age 2 years.

However, children ages 8 to 18 years spend an average of 7 hours on screen time each day.

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

Finally, Comrade, be thankful that your government has saved the planet [from every known scary scourge, alarming ailment and deathly debilitation] by putting YOU on a Sustainable Diet.

A sustainable diet ensures this access for both the current population and future generations.

The environmental impact of food production is considerable and if natural resources such as land, water and energy are not conserved and managed optimally, they will be strained and potentially lost.

The global production of food is responsible for 80 percent of deforestation, more than 70 percent of fresh water use, and up to 30 percent of human-generated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

It also is the largest cause of species biodiversity loss.

The capacity to produce adequate food in the future is constrained by land use, declining soil fertility, unsustainable water use, and over-fishing of the marine environment.

Climate change, shifts in population dietary patterns and demand for food products, energy costs, and population growth will continue to put additional pressures on available natural resources.

Meeting current and future food needs will depend on two concurrent approaches: altering
individual and population dietary choices and patterns and developing agricultural and production practices that reduce environmental impacts and conserve resources, while still
meeting food and nutrition needs.

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

You know it makes sense to Save The Planet so someone else can enjoy it at your expense.

FOOTNOTE ONE
The curious reader of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee may also like to ponder:

1) Why does the USDA give a free pass to “moderate” alcohol consumption when their own reports highlights that alcohol is associated with a “convincing increased risk” of cancer.

Could it be that the USDA is looking after the alcohol lobby?

2) Why does the latest UN report on carcinogens group together red meat and processed meat when the USDA failed to identify any cancer risks associated with processed meat.

Could it be that the UN only manufacture a cancer scare for processed meats by grouping them together with red meat?

Cancer Risks

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

FOOTNOTE TWO
Evidently, the USDA and the EPA are very keen to eradicate all those living meat sources [which belch methane, fart methane and exhale CO2] from agriculture because they are “the primary source of CH4 emissions.”

Domestic livestock such as cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, and camels produce large amounts of CH4 as part of their normal digestive process.

Also, when animals’ manure is stored or managed in lagoons or holding tanks, CH4 is produced.

Because humans raise these animals for food, the emissions are considered human-related.

Globally, the Agriculture sector is the primary source of CH4 emissions.

EPA: Overview of Greenhouse Gases
http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.html

Flatulence is often blamed as a significant source of greenhouse gases, owing to the erroneous belief that the methane released by livestock is in the flatus.

While livestock account for around 20% of global methane emissions, 90–95% of that is released by exhaling or burping.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatulence#Environmental_impact

Therefore, the reader is also invited to consider [as they chew over their Sustainable Diet]: Who will they next target for eradication because they produce too much Methane and CO2?

Flatulence-producing foods are typically high in certain polysaccharides, (especially oligosaccharides such as inulin).

Those foods include beans, lentils, dairy products, onions, garlic, spring onions, leeks, turnips, swedes, radishes, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cashews, Jerusalem artichokes, oats, wheat, and yeast in breads.

Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables that belong to the genus Brassica are commonly reputed to not only increase flatulence, but to increase the pungency of the flatus.

Hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane are all produced in the gut and contribute 74% of the volume of flatus in normal subjects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatulence#Cause

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One Response to The New American Century for The New American Diet

  1. John F. Hultquist says:

    Where are chocolate, pizza, and beer?

    Well, I do like salmon, pecans, and many fruits (especially in pies).

    Folks do need more physical activity than most now get. That is a statement relative to being a kid in the 1950s.

    Part of the USDA is the U. S. Forest Service. It has lots of land and many hiking trails. Seems the USDA cut the budget for trail maintenance and new trails so they could pay for the proliferation of nonsense, such as a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. As for most of the guidelines – they are best ignored. School kids are doing just that with the guidelines espoused by the wife of the POTUS. As they go through the line, they have to pick up things they won’t eat. Much goes into the trash, then into landfills.

    In the Great State of Washington (not the D.C. one) volunteers now do most of the trail work – one group (WTA dot Org) claims 130,000 hours – so far – in 2015. I contribute. We get lots of exercise using hand tools such as picks, shovels, and crosscut saws.

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    Pierre L. Gosselin at No Tricks Zone (notrickszone dot com) has a category (scroll on the right side) called “Nutrition.”

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