Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack admitted to House lawmakers that government nutritional guidelines are set by “well-informed opinion” rather than “scientific facts.”

“This is really about well-informed opinion,” Vilsack told the House Committee on Agriculture Wednesday. “I wish there were scientific facts. But the reality is stuff changes, right? Stuff changes. The key here is taking a look at the preponderance, the greater weight of the evidence, and trying to make a judgement.”

Ironically, Vilsack’s remarks came after he had just told the committee that federal nutritional guidelines were “based on the best available science,” according to The Washington Post. “It’s just that the science is sometimes unclear,” Vilsack remarked.

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