Truth in Spending

Emily Cassidy says that the spending bill passed recently by Congress contains a statement to hide the environmental impact of our industrial food system:

“The statement, crafted by the House and Senate appropriations committees, orders the Obama administration to make sure that the 2015 edition of the federal government’s ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ contains ‘only nutrition and dietary information, not extraneous factors.’

“Sounds innocent but by ‘extraneous,’ the Congressional authors meant that the Dietary Guidelines report, which represents the federal government’s official position on nutrition and food, must not disclose inconvenient facts about how food is produced.  Specifically, these members of Congress don’t want the white paper, issued every five years, to describe environmental damage inflicted by some industrial agriculture methods that pollute air and water and contribute to climate change.”