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OCA's Michael Kelsey Urges Producers to Comment on Dietary Guidelines

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:54:37 CDT

OCA's Michael Kelsey Urges Producers to Comment on Dietary Guidelines

Dietary guidelines for Americans has been around since 1980. These guidelines are reviewed and revised periodically on what a diet should contain for Americans to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee issued a report February 19th.

Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey said most consumers would recognize these guidelines as the old food pyramid in providing recommendations for what Americans should consume in order to have a healthy diet or lifestyle. The proposed dietary guidelines were put out by an advisory committee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. Kelsey said this year's advisory committee threw out science in recommending there should be no red meat or processed meats in the recommended diet for Americans and all protein should come from plant-based products. He said this goes against well produced, peer-reviewed science that has shown red meat is a solid part of a healthy diet.

Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed Kelsey about the dietary guidelines proposal. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to today's Beef Buzz feature.

OCA is calling on USDA and HHS to reject the committee's proposal and go back to the science. Kelsey said this latest recommendation is unacceptable and now there is an opportunity for the public to comment through the Federal Register until May 8th. Kelsey encourages everyone, not just cattlemen make their voice heard. This is one time where beef, pork and poultry producers will stand united together.

"Science says meat is part of a healthy diet, so that's what we need to say," Kelsey said. "I'm positive we are going to be successful on this, but we need to be vigilant. We have to establish that case and we need comments going in, so we can move forward in a positive manner."

Among the easiest ways to learn about the dietary guidelines proposal is to go to www.beefusa.org The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has background on the proposal along with links to engage with HHS and USDA. The deadline for those comments is May 8th.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Michael Kelsey of Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
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