Criticism of the Government's Nutritional Guidelines

Time and time again, in culture after culture, in scientific study after study, vegetarians have been proven to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

One out of three Americans is overweight, and the number is rapidly increasing. Yet despite the fact that a wholesome vegetarian diet has been conclusively proved to prevent and even reverse many of the most serious health problems we face as a nation, the U.S. government’s nutrition guidelines continue to include meat as part of an optimally healthy diet. This is an outrage and a clear indication of the government’s catering to the pocketbooks of big business, rather than the health of American citizens.

The government’s approach to diet and nutrition is essentially aimed at keeping the corporations happy and the citizens relatively uninformed. It has been proved time and time again that a vegetarian diet is optimal for our personal health, the health of the environment, and is based on sound long-term economic policy. Vegetarians, live on average, six or more years longer than meat eaters and are at reduced risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, gout, cancer and a host of other diseases.

While adopting a vegetarian diet on a broad scale may seem “extreme” to many westerners, the only reason that is the case is because the U.S. government has outlandishly promoted the meat industry for over half a century, including billions of dollars of government subsidies. It’s an outrage that the government continues to subsidize the meat industry, which is so destructive to our health as a nation and is devastating our precious natural resources.

These subsidies have included subsidized water, feed grains, grazing lands, meat buyouts through the school lunch program and other federally funded meal programs, as well as the continued promotion of meat products through dietary propaganda such as the government’s new guidelines and existing ones, such as the food pyramid.

The U.S. government continues to treat vegetarianism as something of an acceptable fringe alternative. Actually, for human life to continue to exist on planet Earth as we know it, wide-scale vegetarianism is the only alternative. It takes 10 to 20 times as much land to feed a meat eater as it does a vegetarian, and we simply do not have enough sustainable resources to continue to feed our growing population with a meat-based diet. In our own nation, water tables are threateningly low as we funnel thousands of gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef, compared to a few hundred gallons of water for a pound of vegetables or grains. The government should be held responsible for its role in promoting this destructive industry.

Time and time again, in culture after culture, in scientific study after study, vegetarians have been proven to live longer, happier, healthier lives. So why then would the government promote anything other than vegetarianism as the optimum diet? The answer is simply that their interest lies in having the continued financial support of the meat industry. They obviously are not concerned with the health of the citizens.

We are now faced with the task of trying to undo what the government has done, in terms of misinforming the public on what is truly an optimum, healthy diet. We at encourage Americans, and people from around the world, to adopt a truly healthy diet for the new millennium – vegetarianism.

For the welfare of our people, for the welfare of our planet, and for the welfare of future generations to come, we urge concerned citizens to take positive action towards our becoming a primarily vegetarian, sustainable society.

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