Ask The Experts: Dietary Guidelines

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Rianne Weggemans on Dietary Guidelines in The Netherlands
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Lisa Benton-Short on The Three E's of Sustainability
Cameron Bruett on Meat Industry Sustainability
Anne Cannon MacMillan on Demand vs. Natural Resources
Lee Crockett on Sustainable Farmed Fish
Rianne Weggemans on Dietary Guidelines in The Netherlands

Experts from California to the Netherlands gathered at the LEED Platinum-certified School of Public Health building at the George Washington University to discuss their ongoing attempts to settle on what we know of as the Dietary Guidelines--made famous by the now-retired nutritional pyramid--and how to think about these guidelines through a sustainability lens. In the course of the discussion we heard from growers, students, and advocates, as well as communicators for the various industries that help to feed our planet. How do they define sustainability, and how do those definitions inform our attempts to provide top-down guidelines for healthy eating? Like so many debates in the sustainability sphere, the answers are contentious and the role of special interests in informing them is troublesome. How do you think we can continue to improve on the old pyramid without compromising the planet?

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