A lawsuit filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) alleges that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies urging Americans to eat more dairy benefit corporate dairy, not Americans.

2020 USDA guidelines recommend that Americans consume three servings of dairy every day. The latest guidelines were adopted recently. While the guidelines don’t influence the choices of Americans directly, they do influence available food for prison inmates, schools, and military bases.

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The lawsuit says that the guidelines contradict current medical knowledge and harm Americans that are lactose intolerant. “One charter of the USDA, to market agricultural goods, including meat and dairy products, is in direct conflict with the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act, which requires that the Dietary Guidelines ‘include nutritional and dietary information and guidelines for the general public’ based on ‘the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge which is current at the time the report is prepared,’” explains Dr. Forrester, a family practice physician from Sacramento.

Source: Physicians Committee/YouTube

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