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Policies and Politics of the US Food Supply

Published:November 11, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.10.014
      “I went to the refrigerator looking for something to eat and I couldn’t find anything. Well, anything healthy, that is.” We often hear this comment when we counsel clients trying to eat a healthy diet. Accessibility is a key reason for why people eat or do not eat a particular food.
      • Nestle M.
      • Wing R.
      • Birch L.
      • et al.
      Behavioral and social influences on food choice.
      In the article by Miller and colleagues

      Miller PE, Reedy J, Kirkpatrick SI, Krebs-Smith SM. The United States food supply is not consistent with dietary guidance: Evidence from an evaluation using the Healthy Eating Index-2010 [published online ahead of print November 1, 2014]. J Acad Nutr Diet. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.08.030.

      the evidence is clear that our “national refrigerator” is limiting our ability to meet the dietary recommendations found in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
      • Lang T.
      • Heasman M.
      Food Wars: The Battle for Mouths, Minds and Markets.
      One avenue to influence the accessibility of healthy foods and encourage healthy eating is through public policies. The United States has a long history of crafting policies that target our food supply. Because we want healthy options to be accessible to all Americans, it is our responsibility as registered dietitian nutritionists to interpret information about the food supply for policymakers and identify ways to improve the health of Americans through legislation such as the Farm Bill.

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      Biography

      C. A. Zizza is an associate professor, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management, Auburn University College of Human Sciences, Auburn, AL.