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Ag groups weigh in on Dietary Guidelines hearing

Several agricultural groups are asking the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to stick to science when crafting new standards for 2025.

Vermont dairy farmer and Olympic athlete Elle St. Pierre is urging the committee to include new research on dairy fats and oppose using plant-based alternatives as milk replacements.

“The beverages are so nutritionally different from real milk that whether one views them positively or negatively, their impact on health cannot be assumed to be the same as or even similar to that of milk,” she commented.

St. Pierre testified as a member of Dairy Farmers of America and the National Milk Producers Federation.

CEO of the National Potato Council Kam Quarles says the vegetable should not be reclassified as a grain.

“The suggestion to reclassify potatoes as a non-vegetable is not grounded in any scientific metric,” he says.   “Instead, it apparently involves arbitrary preferences of meal substitution. This unsupported notion, if acted upon, will confuse consumers, could result in nutrient gaps and also decreased vegetable consumption.”

The committee also heard from the National Pork Board, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Soy Nutrition Institute Global, the Wheat Foods Council, and many others during this week’s public hearing.

The committee will review scientific evidence and input over the next year before releasing new guidance in 2025.

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