Hang tough, Bossie, you could be feeling a whole lot better in the very near future thanks to some new Health Canada guidelines.

Hang tough, Bossie, you could be feeling a whole lot better in the very near future thanks to some new Health Canada guidelines.
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Some big lifestyle changes may be coming for Canadians AND our animals


For the first time since 2007, Health Canada is planning some progressive changes to Canada’s Food Guide–changes that–if followed–will go a long way to make a whole lot of Canadians feel a whole lot better–and healthier.

Make that Canadian humans and Canadian animals.The Canada Food Guide has been around since 1942 and it’s about to undergo one of the biggest updates in its history

And, animal activists say, it’s not just humans who will benefit.

The government’s new healthy food recommendations, the activists say, will go a long way to helping the beleaguered, overfed animals that populate our food chain and don’t do a heckuva lot for our health.

Guess what Health Canada is recommending be eliminated as a food group.
Guess what Health Canada is recommending be eliminated as a food group. © cbc.ca

Among other things, the new guide promotes plant-based protein sources and eliminates dairy as a food group.

The new guide, likely to be published this fall, also encourages Canadians to avoid saturated fat, which is found almost exclusively in animal-based foods–foods that are doing little to improve our collective health.

Those who have long promoted healthy human lifestyles are rejoicing about what is to come–very likely a shift away from meat and dairy products.

The recommendations also have a lot of hard-working animal activists ecstatic.

A Canadian who has long promoted both human and animal health is Anna Pippus.

She is a Vancouver-based attorney who also works for the animal-rights organization Animal Justice as its Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy.

I spoke to her by phone Thursday about the new Canada Food Guide’s recommendations and their ramifications. There are many.

Here is our conversation.

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4 comments on “Some big lifestyle changes may be coming for Canadians AND our animals
  1. Kelly Sarah Connolly says:

    That is a very interesting interview thank you, I’m glad I’m vegan.

  2. Peter Ashcroft says:

    With growing population, the speed and efficiency of food production is becoming more important worldwide. Climatic variations is another problem

  3. Rene Albert says:

    The excessive high prices Canadians have to pay for dairy products is not good for our health!

    • Kristin says:

      Eating and drinking dairy isn’t good for our health. Maybe people will think twice before purchasing it if it’s more expensive. It is coming from a living animal, why should it be cheap to purchase?