With new USDA nutrition czar, there’s ‘social justice’ in our dietary future

With new USDA nutrition czar, there’s ‘social justice’ in our dietary future

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hired an environmental nutrition consultant to oversee its Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which has already faced criticism for introducing climate change into nutrition policy.

Angela Tagtow was named executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which oversees the committee in charge of creating new federal nutrition standards. …

Tagtow explained her definition of a sustainable food system during a guest lecture at Utah State University in 2011.

“A sustainable and resilient food system conserves and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and in the future,” she said.

Tagtow also authored a “Good Food Checklist For Eaters,” which encourages individuals to pledge to promote “green” food habits, such as organizing a “food film festival,” or “food book club.”

Items to accomplish at home include “stay current on food-related news and articles,” buy food from farmers markets and road stands, and reserve a plot in a community garden. …

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Tagtow wants schools and offices to be “fast-food free zones,” and suggests that schools plant orchards.

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