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Sustainable Eating Patterns Should Be Part of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Oshiro, Jordan, MS; Adyatni, Irma, BEng; O’Connor, Lauren, BS; Savaiano, Dennis, PhD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000266
Food and Nutrition

Promoting sustainable eating patterns is an approach to limiting the environmental impact of resource-intensive food production. Incorporating the concept of sustainable eating patterns into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) would be congruent with established federal policy goals, but societal, economic, and agricultural impacts also need to be considered. The healthy eating patterns established in the 2015–2020 DGA are not markedly different than the proposed sustainable eating patterns. Introducing sustainable eating patterns in the DGA would be a convenient and efficient strategy to align US nutrition policy with related global and national food and agriculture policies. The DGA is an appropriate medium for introducing sustainable eating patterns into US nutrition policy to create awareness that consumers’ food purchasing behaviors affect the environment.

Jordan Oshiro, MS, is a graduate student in Nutrition at the Department of Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Irma Adyatni, BEng, is a graduate student in Food Science at the Department of Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Lauren O’Connor, BS, is a doctoral student in Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dennis Savaiano, PhD, is the Virginia Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy at the Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Dennis Savaiano, PhD, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, 700 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (savaiano@purdue.edu).

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