U.S. Food Policy Historical Information

Basic 7 food guide

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Find information on the history of dietary guidance including older editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the history of the National School Lunch program and other food assistance programs. See more history of nutrition and foods:

Dietary Recommendations and How They Have Changed Over Time

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Published in 1999, this paper describes how USDA dietary recommendations evolved since the late 1800's to keep pace with scientific findings and changing patterns of food consumption.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: A Historical Overview


Historical compilation of the professional reviews and commentaries of the Dietary Goals for the United States and Dietary Guidelines for Americans documents published between 1980-2005 by governmental and non-governmental agencies, scientists, and educators.

FoodReview: Spotlight on the U.S. Food System

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Includes several articles on America's changing eating patterns.

Books Looking for old versions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Find them here.

Also find a summary table comparing the major components of the five Dietary Guidelines editions published 1980 to 2000.

FoodReview: Annual Spotlight on the U.S. Food System

USDA. Economic Research Service.

This issue of FoodReview is the annual spotlight on the U.S. food system, 2000, featuring articles on food consumption and spending, food markets, food assistance and nutrition, and food safety. Volume 23, Issue 3.

Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply, 1909-1997 (PDF | 674 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Presents historical data on the nutrient content of the food supply in the United States. Includes data on macronutrients as well as 19 vitamins and minerals.

Student Eating School Lunch National School Lunch Program Background and Development

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides information on the historical development of the National School Lunch Program. Also includes links to the background information for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the National School Breakfast Program.

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USDA. National Agricultural Library

Digital collection of historical dietary guidance publications of the U.S. government.