Is It True That A "Vegan Diet is Best for The Planet?"

Well that's what the feds are saying. In a Huffington Post article published this week, the line between a vegan and environmentalist was finally, rightfully blurred. 

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a federally appointed panel of nutritionists created in 1983, decided for the first time this year to factor in environmental sustainability in its recommendations. They include a finding that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental impact.
— Lydia Wheeler, Huffington Post

"Victory!" is what it feels like as a staunch supporter of living a plant-based lifestyle. Finally, more people are becoming aware of how their diets not only affect their health, but the entire world around them. Of course, representatives from the meat industry were quick to lash out after the federal report was given. Their excuse for questioning the validity of this recommendation is that the federal committee stepped out of their jurisdiction to analyze environmental impact as opposed to just sticking with "health sciences." Luckily for American citizens and the planet, enough people within the committee recognized that sustaining our environment is detrimental to sustaining our health.

For all of the inside scope, read more of the Huffington Post article here: http://thehill.com/regulation/237767-vegan-diet-best-for-planet-federal-report-says

Excited to see if this will have any positive effect on dietary regulations and federal programs such as school lunches.

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LeeAnn Chisolm @MissChisolm