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Anonymous Comment ID #4833

03/26/2015

Dear Secretary Vilsack OR Burwell:

I am a proud member of the U.S. meat industry. My company employs more than 200,000 people worldwide and more than 56,000 people in the United States. We produce a wide variety of quality meat and poultry products for retail sale in the U.S. and around the world. We have proudly been a part of the American agricultural system for more than 60 years and I am proud of the products we produce and sell. I feed my friends and family the products my company produces with confidence.

I have read news reports about the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and I am very concerned. Meat is a part of my family's diet and always has been because my family knows that it helps our children grow and develop. I also know from experience that meat helps keep all of us healthy and strong throughout our lives.

It seems like this committee is out of touch with everyday Americans. We are capable of making choices that suit our families and we don't want this committee interfering with what we serve our families, with what our children eat in schools or with the food that brave military men and women enjoy.

While I respect your important role in helping Americans identify healthy diet options, my family does not need the federal government at our dinner table promoting the agenda of elitists and activists telling us to exclude meat. Please use common sense when you decide what to do with this report and please encourage people to keep eating meat as part of a balanced diet.

Sincerely,
Tiffany Ringer

Affiliation: Industry/Industry Association Organization: JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding
Topic:
  • Chapter D.2: Dietary Patterns, Foods and Nutrients, and Health Outcomes

Anonymous Comment ID #4832

03/26/2015

Dear Secretary Vilsack or Burwell:

I am a proud member of the U.S. meat industry. My company employs more than 200,000 people worldwide and more than 56,000 people in the United States. We produce a wide variety of quality meat and poultry products for retail sale in the U.S. and around the world. We have proudly been a part of the American agricultural system for more than 60 years and I am proud of the products we produce and sell. I feed my friends and family the products my company produces with confidence.

I have read news reports about the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and I am very concerned. Meat is a part of my family's diet and always has been because my family knows that it helps our children grow and develop. I also know from experience that meat helps keep all of us healthy and strong throughout our lives.

It seems like this committee is out of touch with everyday Americans. We are capable of making choices that suit our families and we don't want this committee interfering with what we serve our families, with what our children eat in schools or with the food that brave military men and women enjoy.

While I respect your important role in helping Americans identify healthy diet options, my family does not need the federal government at our dinner table promoting the agenda of elitists and activists telling us to exclude meat. Please use common sense when you decide what to do with this report and please encourage people to keep eating meat as part of a balanced diet.

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization:
Topic:
  • General Comment/Other

Neal Dewey Comment ID #4831

03/26/2015

Dear Secretary Vilsack:

I am a proud member of the U.S. meat industry. My company employs more than 200,000 people worldwide and more than 56,000 people in the United States. We produce a wide variety of quality meat and poultry products for retail sale in the U.S. and around the world. We have proudly been a part of the American agricultural system for more than 60 years and I am proud of the products we produce and sell. I feed my friends and family the products my company produces with confidence.

I have read news reports about the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and I am very concerned. Meat is a part of my family's diet and always has been because my family knows that it helps our children grow and develop. I also know from experience that meat helps keep all of us healthy and strong throughout our lives.

It seems like this committee is out of touch with everyday Americans. We are capable of making choices that suit our families and we don't want this committee interfering with what we serve our families, with what our children eat in schools or with the food that brave military men and women enjoy.

While I respect your important role in helping Americans identify healthy diet options, my family does not need the federal government at our dinner table promoting the agenda of elitists and activists telling us to exclude meat. Please use common sense when you decide what to do with this report and please encourage people to keep eating meat as part of a balanced diet.

Sincerely,

Neal Dewey
Controller, JBS Hyrum
410 North 200 West
Hyrum, Utah 84319
435-245-2230
Neal.dewey@jbssa.com

Affiliation: Industry/Industry Association Organization: JBS
Topic:
  • General Comment/Other

tina pedley Comment ID #4829

03/26/2015

Dear Secretary Burwell:

I am a proud member of the U.S. meat industry. My company employs more than 200,000 people worldwide and more than 56,000 people in the United States. We produce a wide variety of quality meat and poultry products for retail sale in the U.S. and around the world. We have proudly been a part of the American agricultural system for more than 60 years and I am proud of the products we produce and sell. I feed my friends and family the products my company produces with confidence.

I have read news reports about the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and I am very concerned. Meat is a part of my family's diet and always has been because my family knows that it helps our children grow and develop. I also know from experience that meat helps keep all of us healthy and strong throughout our lives.

It seems like this committee is out of touch with everyday Americans. We are capable of making choices that suit our families and we don't want this committee interfering with what we serve our families, with what our children eat in schools or with the food that brave military men and women enjoy.

While I respect your important role in helping Americans identify healthy diet options, my family does not need the federal government at our dinner table promoting the agenda of elitists and activists telling us to exclude meat. Please use common sense when you decide what to do with this report and please encourage people to keep eating meat as part of a balanced diet.

Sincerely,

Tina Pedley
ALT candidate
2104 Longwood Ave Sanford NC
919-498-4471
Tina.pedley@pilgrims.com

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization:
Topic:
  • General Comment/Other

Anonymous Comment ID #4828

03/26/2015

In looking at all available research, a plant based approach to eating is recommended. I agree with the current revisions to encourage reducing meat intake (especially red meat) and adopting a more plant based approach to nutrition.

Affiliation: State/Local Government Organization: Mesa County Health Department
Topic:
  • Chapter D.2: Dietary Patterns, Foods and Nutrients, and Health Outcomes

Anonymous Comment ID #4826

03/26/2015

Please also consider the sustainability of our food supply and our planet...we have too many people on Earth to continue a meat based diet...if many people switch to a plant based diet, or even reduce their meat and dairy consumption, their health will improve, more people can be fed on the grains instead of feeding grains to animals, and pollution will be greatly reduced.

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization:
Topic:
  • Chapter D.5: Food Sustainability and Safety

Anonymous Comment ID #4824

03/26/2015

Dear Secretary Vilsack OR Burwell:

I am a proud member of the U.S. meat industry. My company employs more than 200,000 people worldwide and more than 56,000 people in the United States. We produce a wide variety of quality meat and poultry products for retail sale in the U.S. and around the world. We have proudly been a part of the American agricultural system for more than 60 years and I am proud of the products we produce and sell. I feed my friends and family the products my company produces with confidence.

I have read news reports about the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and I am very concerned. Meat is a part of my family's diet and always has been because my family knows that it helps our children grow and develop. I also know from experience that meat helps keep all of us healthy and strong throughout our lives.

It seems like this committee is out of touch with everyday Americans. We are capable of making choices that suit our families and we don't want this committee interfering with what we serve our families, with what our children eat in schools or with the food that brave military men and women enjoy.

While I respect your important role in helping Americans identify healthy diet options, my family does not need the federal government at our dinner table promoting the agenda of elitists and activists telling us to exclude meat. Please use common sense when you decide what to do with this report and please encourage people to keep eating meat as part of a balanced diet.

Sincerely,

Chelsie Phillips
Hatchery Clerk
2607 Old Hwy 421
Staley, NC 27355
336-622-4251
Chelsie.Phillips@pilgrims.com

Affiliation: Other Organization:
Topic:
  • Chapter D.2: Dietary Patterns, Foods and Nutrients, and Health Outcomes

Anonymous Comment ID #4823

03/26/2015

LETTER TO SECRETARIES

Dear Secretary Vilsack OR Burwell:

I am a proud member of the U.S. meat industry. My company employs more than 200,000 people worldwide and more than 56,000 people in the United States. We produce a wide variety of quality meat and poultry products for retail sale in the U.S. and around the world. We have proudly been a part of the American agricultural system for more than 60 years and I am proud of the products we produce and sell. I feed my friends and family the products my company produces with confidence.

I have read news reports about the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and I am very concerned. Meat is a part of my family's diet and always has been because my family knows that it helps our children grow and develop. I also know from experience that meat helps keep all of us healthy and strong throughout our lives.

It seems like this committee is out of touch with everyday Americans. We are capable of making choices that suit our families and we don't want this committee interfering with what we serve our families, with what our children eat in schools or with the food that brave military men and women enjoy.

While I respect your important role in helping Americans identify healthy diet options, my family does not need the federal government at our dinner table promoting the agenda of elitists and activists telling us to exclude meat. Please use common sense when you decide what to do with this report and please encourage people to keep eating meat as part of a balanced diet.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Mock
Management Trainee-Feed
303 N Missouri St
814.599.9225
jjmock2009!yahoo.com

Affiliation: Industry/Industry Association Organization: JBS Five Rivers
Topic:
  • Chapter D.2: Dietary Patterns, Foods and Nutrients, and Health Outcomes

Anonymous Comment ID #4821

03/26/2015

Dear Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Burwell,

As a citizen and a taxpayer concerned about the sustainability of our health and our planet, I applaud the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) for including the major findings represented in Chapter D.5: Food Sustainability and Safety regarding plant-based diets as more health promoting and associated with less environmental impact than the current U.S. diet.

In late 2014, the international affairs think-tank Chatham House released a study which concluded that it is unlikely global temperature rises can be kept below two degrees Celsius without a radical shift in global meat and dairy consumption. However, they found that there is a striking lack of efforts to reduce consumption of meat and dairy products due to not least, government’s fear of backlash to pursue policies that would shift consumer behavior. The absence of attention afforded to the issue among policy-makers contributes to a lack of research on how best to reduce meat and dairy consumption, which the health of our nation and our planet can no longer afford.

The data presented in the Chatham House study also revealed a major awareness gap about the livestock industry’s contribution to the climate change. They found that compared with other sectors, the public’s recognition of the livestock sector as a significant contributor to a warming planet was markedly low. They noted that consumers with a higher level of awareness were “more likely to indicate willingness to reduce their meat and dairy consumption for climate objectives.” Closing the awareness gap is therefore likely to be an important precondition for behavior change.

Americans and programs across the United States rely on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recommendations for proper guidance when making food choices. These guidelines are the first step towards a more empowered and healthy, nation and planet.

In addition to embracing the DGAC recommendations, I respectfully request that the following provisions be heavily considered when finalizing the report:

· While the DGAC cites the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) for identifying the Mediterranean diet as an example of a sustainable diet, their own findings have shown that most of the world's fisheries have reached their maximum potential for capture, with the majority of stocks being fully exploited. In addition, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) states that fish consumption advisories for methylmercury now account for more than three-quarters of all fish consumption advisories in the United States.

· Massive amounts of critical irrigated surface and ground water are used in the production of meat and dairy, which diverts scarce water resources and accelerates the rapid depletion of underground aquifers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce just one gallon of milk. Nut and soy based milks have been found to be much less-water intensive than dairy based products, more health promoting and should be advertised as a main form of calcium in combination with plants.

In 2014, Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker revealed Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat more consciously. Although family satisfaction is the primary driver (97%), health and nutrition (93%) and sustainability (77%) were shown to be major important factors when deciding which foods to buy.

It is now up to the USDA to embrace the DGAC recommendations that will help consumers to understand that long-term individual health and food system sustainability are synonymous.

In closing, I urge you to include the DGAC recommendations for incorporating environmental sustainability into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Thank you for your consideration.

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization:
Topic:
  • Chapter D.5: Food Sustainability and Safety

Anonymous Comment ID #4822

03/26/2015

I urge you to support the adoption of the sustainability considerations in the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
What is not to like about a program that links healthy and dietary guidelines to promoting the sustainability of our dwindling natural resources?
The time is past due for our country to deal with the environmental degradation : it is nerayl too late!
Thank you,
Kristin Distelhorst

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization: Seattle Colleges
Topic:
  • Chapter D.5: Food Sustainability and Safety
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