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    [Common Ground.ca] In recent months, this column has touched on food choices and their impact on global warming. Since the release of the Food and Agriculture
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007
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      [Common Ground.ca]

      In recent months, this column has touched on food choices and their
      impact on global warming. Since the release of the Food and
      Agriculture Organization's report, Livestock's Long Shadow, many of us
      are now choosing to be part of the solution. The FAO report confirmed
      that livestock, including dairy cattle, is a major contributor to
      today's serious environmental problems and that urgent action is
      required to remedy the situation. (See
      http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html)
      One step we can take is to select non-dairy sources of dietary
      calcium. Fortunately, Health Canada is in tune with this
      problem-solving approach. For the first time, it has officially
      included milk alternatives in its most recent food guide, Eating Well
      With Canada's Food Guide, launched in February. The guide features
      fortified soymilk as a clear alternative to dairy and a great source
      of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients. (See
      www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index_e.html)
      Until now, the food guide has offered no alternatives to dairy
      products. No matter that roughly 70 percent of the world's population
      has some degree of difficulty digesting milk, including Canada's
      aboriginal people and large numbers of us who came to this country as
      immigrants. ....
      ...
      Green veggies like kale, broccoli, bok choy, collards, napa cabbage
      (sui choy) and okra are well-known for being good sources of calcium.
      In fact, we absorb the calcium in these greens twice as efficiently as
      from dairy products. Load up on broccoli at The Foundation at 2301
      Main Street. It's a fun spot for 20-somethings or if you just want to
      feel like you're still in your 20's. For an environment that nourishes
      the soul and food that satisfies the palate and eye, visit Radha Yoga
      and Eatery at 728 Main Street (www.radhavancouver.org)

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