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The Importance of a Holistic Approach to Sustainability in Dietary Guidance

      We appreciate many of the points made in the 2019 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) position paper on “The Importance of Including Environmental Sustainability in Dietary Guidance.”
      • Rose D
      • Heller MC
      • Roberto CA
      Position of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior: the importance of including environmental sustainability in dietary guidance.
      As scientists focused on human health, environmental health, and livestock sustainability, we would like to add some balance and perspective to the conversation on the role of animal-based food in sustainable food systems and healthy dietary patterns. We are aligned with the SNEB position that improving human and environmental health requires enhanced emphasis on food system sustainability, changes to dietary guidance and dietary choices, and reductions in excess energy intake and food waste. However, we are concerned that many of the roles of animal-based food are undervalued in the sustainability of food systems, especially when viewed in the context of nutritional, social, economic, and environmental parameters. Our professional training and ethics dictate that we remain steadfast in an evidence-based approach to this topic, and we appreciate the opportunity to share our thoughts for consideration by the SNEB leadership and its members.
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      • Reply to Miller et al, Letter to the Editor, Authors
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          We welcome the letter to the editor about our Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior position paper on the importance of including environmental sustainability in dietary guidance.1 Our goal was to increase the visibility of environmental concerns in consumption decisions, and this exchange helps to accomplish that. We are glad to see that our colleagues agree with 2 of the main points of the position paper: an emphasis on food system sustainability is important for improving human and environmental health; and changes to dietary guidance and dietary choices are needed, including those that reduce excess energy intake and food waste.
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      • Reply to Miller et al, Letter to the Editor, SNEB
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          The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) leadership welcomes this opportunity to respond to the letter to the editor (LTE) regarding our position paper on the importance of including environmental sustainability in dietary guidance published in the January 2019 issue of JNEB.1 The SNEB expects position papers to shape food and nutrition education, research, practice, and policy. Therefore, the Society worked closely with its Journal Committee and the JNEB Editor-in-Chief to create a rigorous process for developing position papers that are balanced, evidence-based, timely, relevant, and of interest to our membership and to the broader field of nutrition.
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