The USDA has now given us a poster child for the food industry’s good intentions in helping to improve the American diet. The agency’s new fact sheet on dietary fiber documents how the food industry has used technology to add fiber and whole grains to processed foods. Even so, the total amount of fiber and whole grains available in the food supply just doesn’t seem to budge. Why not? The USDA says the grain-based food industry isn’t giving the agency the data it needs to demonstrate increases and that “a collaborative working relationship” is needed to get better data. Getting more data from the food industry–especially about food composition–would be nice but isn’t going to help people eat more fiber-rich foods. For that, how about eating unprocessed foods!
I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.