Predictably, lobbyists from the meat and dairy industries are already hectoring government decision makers to disregard the report's recommendations. Last year, these groups launched a campaign pressuring lawmakers to include language in a spending bill directing the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to forgo sustainability considerations when drafting their report. The committee included sustainability in their report anyway, and advised a decrease in our animal-based food consumption.
We urge the USDA and the HHS to follow the expert recommendations in the report and put our health and that of the planet above the profits of factory farming interests. Our military bases, hospitals, and universities need sound advice to make healthy, humane, and sustainable choices for the people they serve. Our school lunch programs need backing to create healthier menus that, in turn, will create healthier children. In our work with schools, we've found an incredible amount of support from administrators, nutritionists, and parents for healthy and balanced meals, including more easy and delicious plant-based foods. Our staff has worked with hundreds of school districts that are now participating in Meatless Monday programs. These include some of the largest school districts in the country, like the Los Angeles Unified School District, Detroit Public Schools (which now has two meatless days a week), Houston Independent School District, and Philadelphia Public Schools.