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How the USDA Can Make or Break Public Health, and Why It Has Chosen the Latter

Healthy Foods

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  • Since its inception, the USDA has been granted powers by both Congress and presidential executive orders that have made it the policy-setter for both agricultural policies and nutritional guidelines
  • USDA policies have been heavily influenced by the food industry, and for the last 100 years, its nutrition guidelines have been a direct result of an effort to boost farm economics
  • Agricultural subsidies are in large part responsible for promoting and worsening the US obesity epidemic
  • The USDA-run Smart Snacks in School program encourages “healthy choices.” But the “smarter, healthier” choices promoted are actually processed foods, including junk foods like tortilla chips, and artificially flavored water
  • If you want optimal health, you need to return to a diet of real, whole foods—fresh organic produce, meats from animals raised sustainably on pasture, and raw organic milk and eggs

By Dr. Mercola

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was formed in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln. It is responsible for developing and executing federal policies relating to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food.


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