Dr. Radak has a masters and doctorate in Public Health Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian and has worked in the nonprofit sector and academia for over 20 years, authored or co-authored articles related to plant-based diets in peer-reviewed scientific journals, written several plant-based and vegetarian textbook chapters, and is passionate about helping the public discover the link between good health and plant-based diets.
As a public health nutritionist, I agree the House of Representatives didn't go far enough in changing the Farm Bill, especially when it comes to nutrition ("Still plowing old ground," The Record, last Thursday).
We're experiencing the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related illnesses in our history - and federal farm policies are exacerbating this public health crisis.
The American food environment desperately needs to change.
Members of Congress can help by cutting subsidies for feed crops, which in their processed forms become high-fat, cholesterol-laden pork, bacon, cheese and other meat and dairy products.
These are the same products that contribute to obesity and chronic diseases.
Americans' health should come first. The Farm Bill needs to reflect science-based nutrition guidelines, promote healthy dietary choices and reduce federal support for consumption of cholesterol, fat, sugar and other unhealthy products.
Americans are relying on Congress to make this happen.
Tim Radak Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, D.C.