THURSDAY, May 29, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Officen Building B-369
45 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20515

12:00 – 12:10 p.m.
Opening remarks by Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI)

12:10 – 12:30 p.m.
Presentation by Hanns Kuttner, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, on his paper on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Commentary by Tevi Troy, adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, and Julie Gunlock, director of the Culture of Alarmism project at the Independent Women's Forum. 

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Open discussion


Every five years, a federal panel re-writes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which constitutes Washington’s official nutrition policy. These guidelines, developed in tandem by HHS and USDA, are to be “based on the preponderance of scientific and medical knowledge currently available,” and dictate the government’s approach to food stamps, school lunches, and food procurement for the military.

Official recommendations for the 2015 dietary guidelines are currently being developed by 15 members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).  But this time the committee has apparently taken the unusual step of expanding the scope of its mission into issues like sustainability and plant-based diets rather than focusing on its core purpose of providing sound, scientifically-based advice for a well-balanced set of dietary options accessible to the general public.

The rationale for the federal government to provide advice on diet rests on the ability of that advice to improve health outcomes.  However, by wading into peripheral policy areas tangential to the eating habits of most Americans, the government risks undermining its ability to speak clearly and effectively to most Americans—potentially making for a less healthy America.

Please join Congressman Reid Ribble (WI-08), a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, and scholars from Hudson Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum for a discussion of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the implications of the DGAC’s current direction.

This event will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Lunch will be served.

Have questions about 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Political Agendas or Sound Nutrition? Contact Hudson Institute