November 17, 2014

Less Food Policy, Not More

Richard A. Williams

Senior Affiliated Scholar
Summary

The United States has created supermarkets full of the widest variety of food that has ever been available to any country. But for some, this achievement is seen as creating more problems than it solves.

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The United States has created supermarkets full of the widest variety of food that has ever been available to any country. But for some, this achievement is seen as creating more problems than it solves. One suggestion, the subject of a recent Washington Post piece, suggests that we need a national food policy. Those that suggest that we need additional government programs and initiatives focused on healthy eating should consider the programs the government already has in place and the results – or lack of results – they’ve produced.

One program is the Department of Health and Human Service’s 10-year plan,
Healthy People 2020. This little-known endeavor has a variety of information available on its website but provides little information about how it plans to actually achieve its goals. Additionally, there is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which “forms the basis of federal nutrition policy” and is now flirting with issues beyond nutrition, such as promoting vegetarianism and sustainable agriculture.

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