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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Canada Approves GMO Salmon Eggs

Pacific Wild Salmon Packed in the Pacific Northwest Cannery Near Prince Rupert, BC

Pacific Wild Salmon Packed in the Pacific Northwest Cannery Near Prince Rupert, BC

Its been more than 15 years in the making, and now it has hit our shores. AquAdvantage salmon is the first animal genetically modified (GM) for food purposes. It is prized for its ability to grow twice as fast when compared to other farmed salmon, reducing the rearing period to 18 months from 3 years. The FDA has given its stamp of approval but activist groups still aren’t convinced. What questions do we need to be asking? Or, should we just be accepting of the fact that GM animals may be the way of the future?
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Victoria Event: Introducing Dr Thierry Vrain – Genetic Engineer Gone Anti-GMO Activist

Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health

Thing feel like they are heating up around here, with the Washington initiative I-522 about to be put to the voters and the UBCM passing the resolution asking for BC to be a GE (genetically engineered) free zone. Here in Victoria we are planning something very exciting. On November 18th, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who has retired from a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, is going to tell us the truth about GMO technology.
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Wild Blackberries and A Conscious Jam Recipe

Homemade Blackberry Jam Recipe

This season was my first blackberry season. Growing up in northern BC we had salmonberries, blueberries and huckleberries… but nothing that grows as feverishly as wild blackberries. After my fair share of thorns and bloody arms I had enough berries to make jam… but what sugar to use? Honey had taken main stage on my shelves but that wouldn’t do for jam. Are there environmental and ethical factors to consider when buying sugar?
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Which 3 Genetically Modified Foods Are Reaching Your Dinner Plate?

Which GMO Foods Are Reaching Your Dinner Plate? Train in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Which GMO Foods Are Reaching Your Dinner Plate?
Train in Kandy, Sri Lanka

The controversy surrounding Genetically Modified (GM) foods isn’t going anywhere. Activist groups have made their voice heard; we have seen protests around the globe, the burning of GM crops in Hungary, and murmurs of the same happening right next door in Washington. Biotech companies such as Monsanto are also making headlines. Although they have backed out of Europe due to lack of support for GM crops from farmers and citizens, they continue to stipulate that the public must embrace GM foods for our own food security and for the starving developing nations.
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Milk Alternatives – Finding The Best One For You

Choosing Milk Alternatives

Nepalese Women Make Traditional Yaks Milk Tea, Langtang, Nepal

So you have made the choice to give up milk. Mom says no, friends call you a hippie, the dairy industry is smacking their 3 recommended serves in your face. But you don’t care, your going to do it. Whether it be to ward off suspected intolerances, a cows milk allergy, to lower your carbon footprint or for personal ethical reasons, finding a suitable alternative can be tricky. Each book you read, every website you come across and every person you talk to will probably tell you something different. I just want to lay out the basics as well as expunge any myths. You can decide for yourself which milk alternative sounds like its best suited to your lifestyle and diet.
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Genetically Modified Foods – What This Means For Your Health And The Health Of The Environment

Farmlands NSW, Australia

Farmlands NSW, Australia



Living in Australia for the last 9 years I was relatively sheltered to the dangers of industrial farming. That is until I started following the works of authors such as Michael Pollan, an American author, journalist and activist. Being back in North America there is no doubt that genetically modified (GM) foods, which coincides with industrial farming, is a hot topic at the moment. More and more people are starting to ask questions about the health and environmental safety of these foods. In Canada and America GM labelling of foods is not required. Regardless of how we feel about GM foods, how can we as consumers possibly make an informed decision on a topic that potentially affects our health if we don’t have all the information? And do we also have the responsibility of ensuring the health of our environment for generations to come?
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Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial Goodness?

Sweets in Bruges, Belgium

Sweets in Bruges, Belgium

Recent reports state that Australians have reduced their sugar intake by 30% in recent years. Good for you I hear you say! But at what cost? We haven’t lost our sweet tooth, instead we have replaced sugar with artificial sweeteners which carry no shortage of claims on their ill effects — ranging from Alzheimer’s, cancer, seizures, depression and blindness to name a few. What no one ever mentions is the cost to the environment. Maybe what we need to focus on is not what these sweeteners may be costing our health, but what they are costing our environment.
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