I was really excited to read the changes in Canada’s food guide – particularly the guidance around eating together (like I wrote about in this blog), cooking more and eating less processed foods. However, there are two important things that need more clarification: where we source our food and the whole meat debate.
I’ve said it time and time again – we NEED to source our food from farmers who grow and raise their food sustainably – meaning without the use of pesticides, herbicides and other disease-causing chemicals. Buying organic is great, but so is buying from small scale farmers who can look you in the eye and tell you that they’ve gown their food in a sustainable way. Remember – you are not just what you eat, you are also what you eat eats. (Need direction on choosing healthy, sustainable produce? Check out this blog.)
One of the most debated points in the updated food guide was the insistence on eating more vegetables and less meat. I’m all for people eating more vegetables, but I’m also up for people sustainably consuming meat (for those of us who eat meat). The key is to consume grass-fed, pasture raised meat, ideally from regenerative farms like Arc Acres and TerraForm who have the exact prerequisites for what I would consider the healthiest, most delicious meat you can find. Their farming practices actually give back to the Earth, which is more than we can say about those toxic, monoculture soy/corn farms that make up the majority of “fake meat” products in the grocery store. (Need details on sourcing healthy beef? Read my blog – Beef: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. )
It’s time that we not only make choices for our health, but for the health of the planet as well.