What Your Health Professional Should Be Telling You About Food Sustainability

Cooking Class, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Cooking Class, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Last month I had the pleasure of writing a piece for the Dietitians Association of Australia’s Vegetarian Interest Group. The topic was food sustainability for health professionals. As consumers become increasingly concerned about the link between dietary consumption and environmental impact, it is important that their trusted health professionals can provide them with accurate, up-to-date information in this area. This version of the article is aimed at Australian Dietitians, although it is helpful for consumers to have access to the information their health professional should be sharing with them. The original version can be seen here.
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Celebrating World Oceans Day With BC’s Spot Prawns

Ocean View in Prince Rupert, BC

Ocean View in Prince Rupert, BC

You may remember a few months ago I discussed sustainable seafood options in Australia in Seafood: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Prawn lovers may have been upset to find that prawns where an unsustainable seafood choice due to their destructive fishing methods. This is unfortunate news for a prawn loving nation and for many dietitians who often recommend them as a healthier alternative to high fat meats.
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Seafood: Greenpeace Ranks Your Tuna

Fisherman Sri Lanka

Canned tuna must be one of the most widely recommended foods in dealing with people who are trying to watch their waistline. There is good reason as well! One can usually provides as much protein as a small steak and is usually a lower calorie alternative. As tuna consumption increases, so does the impact on our oceans.
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Seafood: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Seafood: The good, the bad, and the ugly

As the world’s population grows, with it grows the demand for seafood. With 2.6 billion people depending on fish as 20% of their protein intake, sustainable seafood has become an increasingly important topic. Sustainable seafood refers to fish or shellfish that has reached our plates with minimal impact upon fish populations and the oceans. As the consumer, we have the ability to play a vital role in ensuring our oceans are well supplied for future generations.
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Seafood: Is There Something Fishy About Fish Farms?

Seafood: Is There Something Fishy About Fish Farms?

Health practitioners have good reason to encourage consumption of fish and seafood. The omega-3 fatty acid rich, low saturated fat protein has been shown to have numerous benefits for cardiovascular health and inflammatory conditions. As we consume more of this protein we need to start looking at the sustainability of these recommendations. Up to 35% of Australian seafood comes from aquacultures, (fish farms) including prawns, oysters, tuna and salmon. What do we need to know about fish farms to ensure we are making the most sustainable option?
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