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AMI and NAMA Submit Comments on Sustainability to DGAC

Monday, October 20, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

AMI and the North American Meat Association (NAMA) expressed concern about the sustainability focus of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) in comments submitted to the DGAC. The comments maintain that addressing the variety of issues attendant to sustainability is outside the Committee's expertise and could dilute the importance of the Committee's recommendations.

More specifically, AMI and NAMA highlight the complexity of the sustainability issue and argue it is premature to include in a discussion on dietary guidance. AMI and NAMA also point out that the definition of sustainability used by the DGAC is missing critical components such as a more comprehensive definition developed by experts in the field of sustainability, e.g. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Finally, the comments explain the role food processing plays in a sustainable food supply allowing for maximum utilization of crop yields and minimize the potential for food waste. It seems the committee has not taken these factors into account during their discussions.

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