By Wendy Culverwell, Staff Reporter: Portland Business Journal | May 4, 2015
With a comment deadline looming Friday, the meat, dairy and now plant-based industries are lobbying the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to include their views in the final recommendations of what Americans should eat.
The agencies are required to review the guidelines every five years. The 2015 draft, released in February, plays up the health benefits of plant-based diets and includes references to the environmental advantages of reducing or eliminating meat. Both points are being fiercely challenged.
While the meat and dairy industries are old hands when it comes to raising their voices, Michele Simon, president of Oakland-based Eat Drink Politics, said the plant-based food world never played a significant role until the current round.
She set out to change that, recruiting 22 plant-based food companies to sign a letter encouraging the government to accept recommendations, which are based on review of the latest scientific literature.
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