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The United States Department of Agriculture has been urged to remove dairy as a food group from its 2020-2025 dietary guidelines.

Charity Switch4Good, who is spearheading the campaign, is requesting America follows in suit of the Canadian government, who left dairy out of its 2019 food guide.

It has already received support from top Olympic athletes including Dotsie Bausch and Rebecca Soni, and is now asking the public to ‘stand up for the health of all Americans‘.

‘Monopolizes precious resources’

“Each year, the dairy industry contributes to greenhouse gases, pollutes waterways, and monopolizes precious resources for the sake of profits,” the charity told Plant Based News.

“Currently, dairy farmers are being forced to dump thousands of gallons of milk due to decreased demand, creating an exponential amount of waste. So why is the US government still insisting that every American diet includes three servings of dairy per day?”

‘Dietary racism’

Switch4Good also states that up to 65 percent of the global population is lactose intolerant, with even higher rates affecting ‘Blacks, Latinx, Native Americans, and Asians’.

“Why is the US government promoting dairy as a health food, knowing that it makes communities of color sick? This is a form of dietary racism, and you can help put an end to it,” the charity added.

You can send Switch4Good’s pre-written letter to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Committee, or write your own, here 

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.