Canada Dairy

Should You Be Avoiding Milk Products?

Abby Langer | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

The truth is that after almost 20 years of practice as a dietitian, I've fallen into a place where I neither discourage nor encourage dairy. Eat it if you like it. Avoid it if you want. Despite what Canada's Food Guide says, you don't need dairy, but it's not likely to harm you, at least in moderate quantities. So let's have some fun debunking some myths about dairy.

Introducing A New Probiotic: Bacillus Coagulans

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For over a century, a variety of good bacteria has been extoled as a means to improve our general health. Today, these helpful microbes are better known as probiotics. When taken, according to the definition, a person can expect to receive some form of a health benefit. The actual list of probiotic species is relatively small with the majority of species coming from the Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium genera. Yet, while these two are dominating the probiotic field, other species have slowly made their way from the papers of academia to store shelves.

Chilliwack Cattle Sales: A Double Standard In Court And On Our Plates

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Élise Desaulniers

Nearly two years after Mercy for Animals (MFA) went public with an undercover investigation into Canada's largest dairy farm, charges have finally been laid against the company, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, located in British Columbia. Before rejoicing that justice will finally be done, let's carefully examine the case.

As An Animal Lover, I Don't Accept The Vegan Argument Against Milk

Samita Sarkar | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Samita Sarkar

Cows are loving, motherly animals and hold a special place in Indian culture. When loved and treated well, they will happily give their excess milk to humans after their calves have had their fill. Dairy products are commonly used in Hindu rituals. I just could not get behind the vegan argument that drinking milk was fundamentally wrong.

Cow's Milk Comes At An Environmental Cost

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Living
Élise Desaulniers

When we compare the water footprint of soy milk and cow's milk, we find that the water production footprint of one litre of cow's milk is more than three times that of soy milk. Replacing cow's milk with soy milk would not only be a good thing for water preservation, it's also a wise choice to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Should Canadians Worry About Hormones In Milk?

Sarah Schultz | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Schultz

It's unclear if the potential fluid milk from the United States would be blended with Canadian milk, or any number of possibilities -- from what I gather, these stories on news outlets are all speculation and prospect, as nothing has been proverbially set in stone at this time.

Why Canadian Dairy Won a Massive Subsidy Despite Falling Demand

Yan Roberts | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
Yan Roberts

The finalized TPP opens up 3.25 per cent of Canada's dairy market to foreign products. Right away, Stephen Harper announced that his cabinet has approved a plan to spend a hefty $4.3 billion in compensation to soothe the vocal dairy industry. It would be another whole day before Harper announced the significantly lower $1 billion in compensation for the auto sector. Canada just entered the global tax subsidy race, and the dairy industry got the first golden egg.

Canada Would Be Foolish Not to Join the TPP

Centre for International Policy Studies | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
Centre for International Policy Studies

This week, it was announced that an agreement on the TPP had been reached, although few details were forthcoming. For more than 10 years, experts on North American economic integration have been calling for a deepening of the NAFTA. The TPP offers such an opportunity. Canada would be foolish to miss it.

Canada Preparing To Open Border To More American Milk

CBC | CBC | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics

What Trade Minister Ed Fast offers could seriously disrupt the supply-managed dairy sector.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For... Modified Milk?

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

Milk is said to be the building block of most dairy products including ice cream, yogurt, butter and cheese. However, since milk basically undergoes so many changes throughout the processing stage of these products, it can no longer be called milk, and ice cream can no longer be called ice cream. And so we are presented with "modified milk ingredients."

To Close Slaughterhouses We Must Open People's Hearts

Stevan Harnad | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Stevan Harnad

On June 13 2015, all around the world -- in Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Delhi, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal -- people gathered to March for the Closing of the Slaughterhouses. But the slaughterhouses will not close of their own accord. To close the slaughterhouses people's eyes and hearts have to be opened.

Critics of Supply Management Should Get Their Facts Right

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Muirhead

A few tired articles have been published by the usual suspects to encourage the government to get rid of supply management, which matches domestic demand with domestic supply in the five sectors it covers -- eggs, dairy, chicken, turkey and hatching eggs.

6 Ways to Raise a Child Who Doesn't Eat Animals

Miriam Porter | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

My son Noah and I live a vegan lifestyle. That's different from following a vegan diet -- although both are great! In fact, whatever you do that helps the environment, animals, humans or the earth is pretty awesome. For us, veganism extends past the plant-based food on our plate.

Cheaper Cheese Could Be Coming

CBC | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Business

Canadians could be paying less for cheese and yogurt after the Canadian Dairy Commission announced it is reducing the price of skim milk powder beginn...

Ditching in Droves: Why Canadians Are Dropping Milk

Twyla Francois | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Twyla Francois

The decline is so striking that the Dairy Farmers of Canada commissioned a survey to find out why milk drinkers are ditching it in droves. Despite the fear-mongering and the tens of millions spent to peddle dairy, the Canadian public now sees the dairy industry for what it is. No amount of advertising will make them un-see it.

Why Canada Shouldn't Open Up Its Dairy Market To New Zealand

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Bruce Muirhead

Under the NZ system, milk prices are much higher than they are in Canada. They pay more than C$6 for the equivalent of 4 litres of milk. At my local supermarket, I pay C$3.99 and have for months. In the recent past a commission was struck by the NZ parliament to investigate the high price of dairy products. Do we want that in Canada? I don't think so.

Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Is The Perfect Dessert

Carolyn Berry | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

Chia seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fats. They come from a flowering plant in the mint family grown in Mexico, and were a staple in the diet of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Chia seeds were thought to have magical powers. Aztec soldiers would grind up the seeds and eat them for a boost of energy to sustain them over long periods of time. I add them to oatmeal, salads, granola, and baking.

Reforming Supply Management Amounts to Bad Business Advice

Richard Doyle | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Doyle

It is not a surprise that the Conference Board calls for the dismantling of Canada's supply management system, and the fallacies and misleading assertions used to support that call are common in some circles.

What You Didn't Know About Canadian Farms

Richard Doyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Rarely, if ever, do we think of farms when we think of small business. But small businesses dot the vast country side as well. While more and more Canadians are living in cities, the farm and agri-food sectors remain economically important. Farms employ 2.1 million people, representing one in every eight Canadian job.

The Truth About Food Security in Canada

Richard Doyle | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Critics of supply management are putting a sharp focus on one aspect of the supply management issue, but are at risk of missing the bigger picture. ...

Supply Management is Just Right

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada
Bruce Muirhead

Barrie McKenna is at it again -- waging his personal war against supply management in the Globe and Mail. This time, he takes on the chicken sector, c...

Part 2: Is Gluten Really That Bad?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

The good news with all of this gluten business is, if you eliminate it from your diet and you're sensitive, symptoms will get better. I have seen this many times clinically, spoken to many people who have experienced this, and the research corroborates these findings.

One Size Does Not Fit All in Food Trade

Richard Doyle | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Doyle

Another Conference Board of Canada report claims supply management drives up prices and discourages international trade. There is no evidence that deregulating Canada's dairy market would result in lower prices for consumers. In fact, international experience tells us otherwise.

What the Media Has Wrong About Dairy Farmers

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Business
Bruce Muirhead

With reoccurring and recycled negative commentary about dairy supply management in the Canadian media, one would think that it, and not money, is the root of all evil. The question often raised in Canada, and around the world, is this: does dairy supply management, represent a reasonable model through which to license Canadian milk production?

A Milking Robot Controlled by a Smartphone: Canadian Dairy Farmers and Technology

Richard Doyle | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Doyle

The use of some remarkable automated milking systems, which allow cows to choose themselves when to be milked and keep information about each cow's production, has gone up steadily in popularity since they were first introduced in Canada nearly 15 years ago. The growing prevalence of robotic milkers on farms across the country is a sign of encouraging times.