Buh-Bye, Pyramid. Hullo, USDA Food Plate.

As much as I agree that the plate makes more sense than the old food pyramid–and looks awesome as a design, I also have to concur with Chicago-based chef Patrick Sheerin, who wrote over at Restaurant Intelligence Agency’s Soapbox:

As long as the new chart stresses the importance of whole foods; grains, vegetables, fruits vs. processed ones it will be a big step in the right direction. More importantly is that future legislation from all those that have input strengthen the chart vs. obscuring it like with what happened to the pyramid.

Of course, there’s no evidence on the graphic that whole foods are more important than processed foods. But then I’m also guessing that Big Biz woulda put the smackdown on the USDA for even trying.

On the bright side, and in many cities and throughout much of the year, half of that plate could be filled with local produce. Now if we can just figure out how to get people to grasp that idea.

That’s my two cents.

What do you think about the new design?

How much of the plate could you source locally?

Do you think it will be understood–embraced even–by the average American?

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