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Dairy industry worried new food guide too focused on plant-based proteins

Controversy is already brewing around Canada’s revamped food guide that will be made public soon.

The highly anticipated makeover is said to be far more focused on plant-based proteins, which in recent years have seen a surge in popularity.

That plant-based popularity is in contrast with the current food guide, that recommends four full servings of dairy products, including milk and cheese, every single day.

The lobby group representing the Dairy Farmers of Canada is now voicing its concern over the new food guide’s turn towards plant-based protein, claiming the decision could have a detrimental impact on future generations.

“Not only will this harm the dairy sector and the hundreds of thousands who depend upon it for their livelihoods, it also risks harming Canadian consumers by creating confusion about the nutritional value of dairy,” said its president Pierre Lampron.

Health Canada's new food guide is not based on research from the food industry, but instead, on evidence recognized by international organizations.

While the department says animal-based proteins are nutritious, the new food guide will focus more on eating more plant-based foods.

Health Canada is in the process of changing the Canada Food Guide to one that is more plant-based. But Agriculture Canada along with the big meat and dairy industries are pressuring Health Canada to do otherwise because it “would have negative implications for the meat and dairy industries.” . “In trying to protect the bottom line of the industries they represent, these groups have suggested that the short-term economic interests of the meat and dairy industries take precedence over the health of Canadians. This is unacceptable.” . This is from a great opinion piece called “Health Canada’s new Food Guide is on the right track” by doctors and dieticians in the @calgaryherald from November 27. It’s troubling that Agriculture Canada is more concerned about profit of big meat and dairy industry rather than human health, water security and curbing climate change. . . #plantbased #canadafoodguide #foodguide #corporatization #bigmeat #bigdairy #corporatelobby #foodjustice #vegan #vegetarian #climatechange #sustainability #water #holisticnutrition #holistichealth #eathealnourish #soulfood #nourish #healthyfood #health #healthyeating #healthy #healing #food #foodporn #instafood #foodie #foodlover #delicious #peoplebeforeprofit

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“Regular intake of plant-based foods, so vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and these plant-based proteins can have positive effects on health,” said Hasan Hutchinson with Health Canada, noting cardiovascular disease is a particular concern.

The new food guide will also refer to lean meats, poultry and other animal-based foods as examples of nutritious choices.

Health Canada's Food Guide was last revised in 2007.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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