The Food Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines for Americans are created in a sub-agency of the US Dept. of Agriculture. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald introduced a bill a few years ago to take responsibility for governmental nutritional advice to the public away from the USDA and give it to the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Seems logical, since that agency’s charter is to promote health among US citizens. The USDAs charter is to benefit the US farming and agribusiness industry, and is judged on how much food is produced and consumed. They have a fundamental conflict of interest, and one side has a lot deeper pockets than the other.
Also, there's a whole separate issue of how good the current food pyramid is, given that it is a product of many competing interests, not all of which have the health of Americans as their top priority. Attached is my analysis of the Food Pyramid, including comment on Dr. Walter Willett's (Harvard) alternative pyramid, and my suggestions for making it better. Please share your optimal Pyramid, or circle or whatever it shoud be!