We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The real problem is that they have literally come up with nothing of any value. 70 years ago my grandmother knew more about feeding a family than these so-called experts. While I admit many young families today seem to have not learned how to make decent meals from their mothers and grandmothers as we all did in the "old days" it still isn't rocket science. It would seem to me that these government experts are more interested in peddling their own agenda and biases than they are in providing any useful information.
An interesting premise, Bliss, given that you habitually refuse to examine the data. In your prior post I think you even admitted as much.
The irony of "science versus orthodoxy enforcement in the world of nutrition" as used in the context of reinforcing animal-based American eating and its industry - that is where you were going with this, isn't it? - is therefore remarkable.
Carping about just one of an infinitude of bureaucracies to blindly promote the modern, inhumane, unhealthy, Carl's Jr-esque, animal agriculture fad, tacitly or otherwise, as either healthy or necessary is high fallacy. It's transparent lifestyle signalling.
All the facts say otherwise - if you're going to invoke SCIENCE! kindly do science. Here's one example from just this week:
Life expectancy in Japan is due to genetics statistical styles and tradition. Usually when life expectancies are compared the differences between Western countries is not huge but whatever the difference is it is always twisted to whatever agenda is being pushed. If you were to only look at adult Americans with European ancestry the life expectancy is very comparable with adult Japanese. If you were to only look at the life expectancy of American blacks or hispanic adults the life expectancy would be considerably lower than either Japanese or Americans of European ancestry. Why? Partly genetics and partly that American blacks and hispanics tend to make riskier choices in life. The one thing that doesn't seem to have an effect on life expectancy is diet. It is the single most cited reason but there is zero evidence. I admit those who would have you believe it is all about diet have twisted and distorted the statistics such that it is an uphill battle to reverse this big lie. How many believe that the Mediterranean diet is healthier or leads to long life? Or any of the fad diets? The propaganda is heavy and relentless.
Another factor is how statistical data is collected and processed. In most of Europe if a child dies in the first month after birth statistically the child never lived and isn't counted in the stats that are used to determine life expectancy. In Japan similar and greater statistical fabrications lead to inaccurate data. But Japan is unique in a couple of ways that promote this long life fantasy. They are a single ethnic group not diverse like most of the West. Their tradition encourages/demands that the children take care of their parents and this fact alone can add a couple of years to the life of an aging adult.
The single best predictor of long life is having parents who lived long. The next biggest factor is avoiding drug and alcohol dependency. And perhaps an equally significant factor is lifestyle, i.e. not being out on the town on Friday and Saturday nights, not traveling to certain parts of town and avoiding dangerous situation. Not diet, but rather hereditary chance and common sense.