Canada’s New Food Guide A Triple Win for Health, Environment & Animals

OTTAWA—After years of research analysis, stakeholder and public consultation, and message testing, Health Canada has published an updated version of Canada’s Food Guide.

In a groundbreaking move, the familiar “meat and alternatives” and “dairy and alternatives” categories are gone. Instead, the food guide is organized around guidelines, emphasizing the intake of plant-based proteins and fats, and water as the beverage of choice.

Anna Pippus, a lawyer and plant-based food policy expert with Animal Justice, said:

“The new food guide offers a glimmer of hope that truth and integrity can prevail. For too many years, Canada’s food guide has compromised our health, environment, and animals by emphasizing meat, dairy, and eggs as being foundational in our diets. The new food guide turns that outdated thinking on its head, giving nutrient-dense and fibre-rich plant foods the prominence they deserve. Plant-based foods are associated with long and healthy li…

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Have Your Say: Government Developing Food Policy for Canada

The federal government is developing Canada first-ever food policy! A national food policy would address the entire food cycle—from the moment seeds are planted, until the food is prepared and eaten. The policy will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions Canada can take in the short-term. The government’s stated goals are to:

increase access to affordable food; improve health and food safety conserve our soil, water and air; and grow more high-quality food.

The government wants to hear from you before July 27, 2017! This is an incredible opportunity to speak up against unsustainable animal agriculture, encourage the growth of healthful plant crops, and push for improved access to plant-based foods.

Have your say! Visit the consultation website to take the survey. Here are some key points that you may wish to include:

Are there any objectives missing?

There…

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Take Action for Animals: Government Now Accepting Comments on Agriculture Policy

The federal, provincial, and territorial ministers of agriculture have just released the Calgary Statement, which outlines priorities for the next wave of agriculture policy. The government is now seeking feedback on these priority areas until November 30, 2016.

Please fill in the short questionnaire and make three main points:

One, that the government needs to regulate animal agriculture–many people are shocked to learn  there are no on-farm animal welfare standards to protect upwards of 750 million animals killed for food each year. The industry’s own unenforced codes of practice are inadequate, and no substitute for independent oversight. The government is concerned with maintaining public trust in our food system; even standard industry practices are unacceptable to most people, and public trust in both the government and the sector will continue to erode are these cruel practices continue to be exposed.

Two, that farming animals is an en…

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