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Letter: Environmental 'agenda' in our diet

MarGene Farms is a certified organic farm in

MarGene Farms is a certified organic farm in Mattituck, Aug. 17, 2014. Credit: Ian J. Stark

The government's proposed new dietary guidelines would have Americans consider the environmental impacts of food production, not just health ["A new dietary outlook?," News, Jan. 3]. It's no surprise that there are objections from leaders in the meat and agriculture industries, who argue that one's environment and personal health are discrete entities. This is false.

The health of any organism has a profound connection not just to its food, but also to the source of its food. More than 60 years ago, the English agronomist Sir Albert Howard declared that we must treat the "whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man, as one great subject." This is unlikely to happen as long as the commodity lobbies continue to influence the Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration and Congress.

Lisa Eicher, Farmingdale