ABA, as part of the grains industry coalition known informally as the “Grain Chain,” provided the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) with detailed information on grains and industry sustainability efforts last week.
In a formal submission to the DGAC, the Grain Chain submitted a compilation of recent studies and references relevant to the role of grains in the diet. The references were arranged by topic, covering: crucial role of enriched grains in the diet, benefits of whole grains, vitamin D, fiber, iron, glycemic index/glycemic load, sodium, nutrition education, and gluten.
These topics were briefly addressed in the Grain Chain’s oral statement to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee on January 14, 2014. Building on this statement, the group is developing formal, written comments to be submitted later this month.
In a second submission, the Grain Chain responded to a specific request from Subcommittee 5, Food Sustainability and Safety, seeking examples and approaches to sustainability in the food system. The Grain Chain provided specific examples from field to table, including:
- Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a coalition in which producers and others across the supply chain join together to create opportunities for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being.
- Ongoing efforts by the wholesale baking industry to improve energy and water efficiency, as well as improving recycling and evaluating greenhouse gas emissions/“carbon footprint.
- Initiatives by rice growers to produce more with fewer resources focusing on five key environmental areas: land, water and energy use, soil loss, and climate change.
In addition to ABA, members of the Grain Chain are the American Institute of Baking, Grain Foods Foundation, Grains for Health Foundation, Independent Bakers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Pasta Association, North American Millers’ Association, USA Rice Federation, and Wheat Foods Council.