Don't Let the Meat Industry Hijack the Food Pyramid
Action Alert from


Center for Biological Diversity
March 2015


Tell our elected leaders to provide Americans with accurate, science-based food guidelines that will nourish both families and our environment. Do NOT change the food pyramid that now recommends eating less meat.

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For the first time ever, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee -- the panel of experts that helps inform what goes into our national food pyramid -- has recommended that Americans eat less meat and more plant-based foods for the sake of our own health and that of the environment.

This is a potentially game-changing recommendation. Our diets and the systems required to produce our food have a massive impact on the climate, water quality and habitat for endangered species like wolves, as well as our ability to continue producing food into the future.

Predictably, the meat industry is lobbying to keep any recommendations to eat less meat out of the final guidelines -- which is why the Obama administration needs to hear from you that sustainability must be part of the equation.

Sign an online petition here.

And/or better yet,make direct contact:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
phone (202) 456-1111 

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
[email protected]

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Secretary of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
Facebook page 


Dear President Barack Obama, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell:

We, the undersigned, urge you to support the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recommendation to include sustainability in the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines and issue clear guidance for reduced consumption of animal products and more plant-based foods.

There is a strong body of scientific evidence showing that a diet with less meat and more plant-based foods is better for our health and the health of the planet.

How food is produced also has a big impact on public health and the environment. More sustainable and humane food-production methods that do not rely on the routine use of antibiotics, hormones, chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides are better for the environment and public health.

As Americans, we call on our government to provide accurate, science-based information that promotes the health of our families and that of our environment. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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