The announcement on Jan 14, 1977, of Dietary Goals for the United States by the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs' may be a turning point in the role of government in determining nutrition priorities for the American people. Before commenting on these goals and their political source, I would like to review the events that led to this controversial announcement and the events that led to its subsequent modification.
Since 1968, Sen George McGovern (Democrat, SD) and his committee have been concerned with bridging the gap between the food and farm interests in the Agriculture Committee and the health, welfare, and research interests in the Labor and Public Welfare Committee. They were provided with oversight responsibilities in nutrition and initiated legislation concerned with preventing hunger. Among the accomplishments of the committee had been expansion of the food stamp program, the school lunch program, the summer food program,