Warn of the Health Risks of Animal Protein in Dietary Guidelines

Target: Barbara Millen, Chair of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Goal: Revise official dietary guidelines to include new findings about the health risks associated with animal protein.

A new study finds that eating animal protein increases the risk of death, whereas consuming plant protein reduces it. Led by researchers at Harvard, the study reveals that plants are a far healthier source of protein than animal products, and that animal protein carries a number of health risks, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The very large-scale study involved over 130,000 test subjects who were followed over several decades.

This comes hot on the heels of a World Health Organization report that recently pointed out the cancerous nature of animal protein. Despite these scientific warnings, the dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 still include animal protein and contain little information as to the serious health risks and higher mortality rate associated with eating meat, dairy and eggs.

Sign this petition urging the advisory committee in charge to revise the current guidelines to include strong warnings against eating animal protein and encouragements to eat plant protein instead.


Dear Dr. Millen,

A new study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights the health risks associated with the consumption of animal protein, finding that plants are a far healthier source of this nutrient. This follows the WHO’s report on the high cancer risk associated with meat.

Despite this knowledge, your committee’s dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 include animal protein such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs, without clearly pointing out the higher mortality rate associated with their consumption. Please revise these guidelines to include strong encouragements to favor plant protein over animal protein for the health of the American public.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. meats were only eaten by other animals not humans

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