Defending the Credibility of Dietary Guidelines 

Every five years, the federal government updates the Dietary Guidelines to provide Americans with updated nutritional advice that is based on sound science. During the process, it is critical to protect the scientific credibility of Dietary Guidelines and promote accurate information about the nutritional advantages of beef as part of a balanced diet.

Read NBCA's Dietary Guidelines policy. 

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What's at Steak?

NCBA is closely monitoring the Dietary Guidelines process to ensure that all decisions are science-based, and that anti-animal agriculture activists do not try and skew the process in their favor. Some activist groups have proposed including “sustainability” considerations in the new guidelines – code for saying that beef consumption should be heavily reduced or eliminated. Eliminating meat from the world’s diets will not end or even significantly impact climate change, and it will make the world’s consumers less healthy and more at risk for malnutrition. 


In July 2020, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released their scientific report, which represents an objective assessment of the latest available science on specific nutrition topics and is designed to inform the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Since 1980, new DGAs are published every five years, and as the cornerstone of all federal nutrition policy,  influence policy makers, health professionals, and federal nutrition programs alike.

Even though the 2020 guidelines are generally balanced and evidence-based, there were missed opportunities to further reinforce beef’s role in healthy diets and NCBA was proactive in launching a campaign to drive producer comments on the scientific report. Thanks to widespread grassroots support from cattle producers across the country, this was one of NCBA’s most successful comment campaigns ever. Over 700 producers submitted letters to help DGAC recognize where they can improve their work, when they release the Dietary Guidelines for 2020-2025.  Stay tuned for more to come this winter as the Dietary Guidelines are finalized.

Kiah Twisselman, a sixth-generation rancher from California went on RFD-TV to discuss Dietary Guidelines and beef's role as a part of a healthy diet.