I’m slightly obsessed with the USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines. My obsession stems not from their inherently fascinating qualities, but from the fact that every aspect of food and nutrition reform that I look into seems to–at some point–run smack up against these recommendations. The system, as I see, it looks like this:
I explored the social and historical context of the Dietary Guidelines, its effects on our current food system, and the need for reform in my Masters Thesis, which basically means I know more about the Dietary Goals and Guidelines from 1977 on than anyone would ever care to hear.
At some point, I’ll post all the different sections individually for easier access, but as the series of tubes and wires that makes up the Internets is still a bit of a working mystery for me, this may take some time. In the meantime, I’d be happy to address questions, corrections, suggestions, comments, or animadversions below.