Roadblocks to organic oatmilk

Questions remain about Big Food’s influence on the new dietary guidelines.

February 2, 2021

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which influence policymakers and educators alike, largely failed to incorporate any of the expert suggestions made by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee when they were released in December. Why you ask? A story old as time: subtle corporate influence.

As Civil Eats puts it, “Prohibiting industry and trade groups from nominating participants to the advisory committee, establishing a more transparent process around the committee members’ disclosure of financial and industry ties—including speaking fees and research funding—could change the outcome … But all that only makes a difference if the officials at HHS and USDA, who determine the final guidelines, are also free of industry ties.”

Why are there few organic oatmilks?

Only a handful of oatmilk brands have achieved USDA organic status, which is surprising considering how many studies have demonstrated a high glyphsate content in conventionally grown oats. What it comes down to is slow growth in terms of organic farming acreage that hasn’t kept up with growing consumer interest and demand. As a result of this relative scarcity, many popular oatmilk brands have opted to do third-party testing for glyphosate content.

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