A government-appointed panel concluded in a recent report that Americans should eat less red meat and processed meat. A more plant-focused diet is better for health and the environment, it found. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Andrew Burton/Getty Images The Salt Will The Dietary Guidelines Consider The Planet? The Fight Is On A panel of nutrition experts recommends a diet lower in meat in part because it's better for the Earth. But the meat industry says environmental policy doesn't belong in nutrition guidelines.