Ronald D. Knutson, Guest Editor
Ronald D. Knutson
Science-based U.S. dietary guidelines are mandated to be reviewed and published every five years. Four articles summarize the potential impacts of the 2010 dietary guidelines on obesity, consumption, the geographic distribution of production, imports, and the role of local foods for fostering increased fruit and vegetable consumption.
Patricia Duffy, Fumiko Yamazaki, and Claire A. Zizza
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 call for partnerships across all sectors to change the U.S. food environment so that we make healthier choices that could lower rates of obesity. The factors that have given rise to the current "obesity epidemic" have been studied, but effecting significant changes may be difficult.
Marco A. Palma and Karen M. Jetter
This article reviews the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and the potential implications for US agriculture. Have there been any significant changes in consumption as a result of DGA recommendations? Are there any reasons to believe the 2010 DGA would have a different impact?
Luis A. Ribera, Chengyan Yue, and Rodney Holcomb
This study evaluates the geographic impact of commodities most directly affected by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA 2010) as deviations from baseline production patterns. It then suggests steps that could be taken to facilitate geographic and structural adjustment.
Dawn Thilmany McFadden and Sarah A. Low
Producer and consumer dynamics within local markets are explored, in addition to case studies of how the public health community is implementing education and outreach to at-risk audiences within local market venues. We provide some anecdotal support that increasing local food production and marketing may influence consumer adoption of dietary recommendations.