Action Alert: Speak Up to Get Meat out of Dietary Guidelines

Poor dietary choices are the leading risk factor for death in America. Studies show that plant-based diets reduce risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer. This is why it is so significant that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee—the body guiding national nutrition recommendations—is acknowledging our need to reduce meat consumption and increase our intake of plants. The final guidelines will have a far-reaching effect on federal feeding programs, including school lunches.

Mercy For Animals is participating in this important national discussion by offering commentary to the government on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Our message is simple: eat less meat and more plants.

Add your voice! Submit comments here until May 8. Here’s a helpful video with instructions.

Talking points you can use:
  • I support the DGAC’s assessment that evidence shows that a healthy diet is one that is:
  • Higher in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds
  • Lower in red and processed meats
  • Low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined flours
  • I strongly support the DGAC’s conclusion that higher consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, and lower consumption of added sugars, saturated fat, sodium, and red and processed meats reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Plant-based diets can help solve the nation’s nutrient deficiencies. The majority of under-consumed nutrients are found primarily in plant foods.
  • In addition to recommending the reduction of red and processed meats, the guidelines should provide direction in increasing consumption of non-animal protein sources, including legumes, soy products, seeds, and nuts.
  • Claims that red and processed meats are nutrient-dense are misleading because they ignore all the harmful components of meat and the nutritional superiority of whole plants.
Speak up for your health now. Submit your comments here before May 8!