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The authors of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid have had many political ties to animal agriculture. Their recommendations reflect this, and even when the guidelines are strictly followed, they still promote chronic disease.
Sometimes the most elegant solution is the most simple. Why plant-based nutrition? Why not? Why develop heart disease? Cancer? Diabetes? The epidemic of chronic, degenerative disease that is sweeping the western world can not only be stopped, it can be reversed. The power lies in the hands of the consumer, in the choices we make about what to put on our plates.