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Cimate change is a health issue: Public Health Assn of BC

This week I had the opportunity to speak to the Summer School of the Public Health Association of B.C., on ways we can improve food production and consumption to minimize greenhouse gas production. The event focused on climate change and public health, with three main areas for discussion: (1) low-carbon energy... Read More

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China (Yes, China) showing leadership on meat reduction

China has a reputation for creating environmental problems, not solving them.  But the country is demonstrating amazing global leadership in encouraging its citizens to cut their meat consumption in half.  New dietary guidelines just released from China's health ministy outline strong recommendations for residents... Read More

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Meatless Monday gets thumbs-up from Food Policy Council

The debate wasn't even contentious.  Last month, the Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC) voted to support the concept of Meatless Monday and encourage residents to cut back on their consumption of animal-source foods.  It was another step toward making Vancouver 'the greenest city’... Read More

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Let's replace Agriculture policies with Food Policies.

That headline says a lot.  Like other countries, Canada has governed food largely through Agriculture policies that promote large-scale production and export.   But now we need something different -- an integrated network of laws, regulations and practices that put Food at the centre, and that encourage production... Read More

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Yes, organic food is worth the price.

One of the myths about organic foods is that they’re not worth the extra price. Consider a different point of view:   (1) Eating organic means limiting our exposure to synthetic pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.   When we eat organic fruits, vegetables and animal products, we’re taking in clean foods.... Read More

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A question about GMOs: Who controls food systems?

There’s something I want to say about genetically modified organisms.   You’ll hear opposing opinions on the question of whether GMOs are safe for individuals and for ecosystems. But there’s one question on which, in my opinion, there is no argument: When governments and societies allow and encourage GMOs, they... Read More

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To feed the world, let's cut food waste.

One of my food heroes is a man named Tristram Stuart, an English writer and speaker who for many years has campaigned against food waste.  I've been thinking a lot lately about the people in my community who are chronically hungry, so hearing Mr. Stuart today made me both angry and sad.  He was a keynote speaker... Read More

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Meatless Monday goes to Paris.

Eating less meat is one of the most important steps you can take to fight climate change.  Yet, at the recent United Nations climate change summit in Paris, the topic was hardly raised in  official circles. Nevertheless, a dedicated coalition of international Meatless Monday groups attended, and organized their... Read More

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Canada needs a national Food Policy -- and now is the time.

Food is at the crux of most of the crucial issues of our time.  Producing and consuming food in ways that are good for the environment and human health should be a focus of any government today.   But traditionally it has not been.  Like many other jurisdictions, Canada has had agriculture policies and nutrition... Read More

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Could we learn from the Ministry of Food?

Could millions of people learn to grow their own vegetables, and change their diets to include more greens, less meat, and almost no sugar and junk food?  It sounds like a nutritionist’s dream.  But it happened in Britain during World War II when the country massively altered the diets of its almost 50 million... Read More

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