Speaking of sustainability

Georgina Gustin at The Plate – Another Nation Trims Meat from Diet Advice:

The Netherlands Nutrition Centre says  it is recommending people eat just two servings of meat a week, setting an explicit limit on meat consumption for the first time. The recommendations come five years after a government panel weighed the ecological impact of the average Dutch person’s diet, concluding last year that eating less meat is better for human and environmental health.

Something I can agree with. Unfortunately the following happened:

The idea that environmental considerations should make their way into nutrition advice has been especially controversial with the livestock industry, which fought against their inclusion. The American livestock industry, for one, successfully argued that sustainability—or specific recommendations to limit meat consumption because of the environmental toll of meat production—get knocked out of the final Dietary Guidelines.

Sustainability and the Senate report on Obesity in Canada

Good point on sustainability from Food Secure Canada:

Yet what is missing from the Senate’s report is the integration of a key tenet of Brazil’s guidelines – healthy diets are not only about food choices, but also derive from socially and environmentally sustainable food systems. Since our health is intimately linked to the environment, we need to improve the sustainability of food systems and redefine healthy food as going beyond its nutritional qualities alone.

I need to take a look at the new Brazil food guide.

Organic vs conventional milk

Allison Aubrey at NPR – Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds to the Evidence:

The study finds that organic dairy and meat contain about 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids. The increase is the result of animals foraging on grasses rich in omega-3s, which then end up in dairy and meats.

Organic milk cows are given more forage for feed than conventional, which in comparison causes the increased level of fatty acids. So is it a product of being organic? Or just being fed more forage?

That said, organic meat and dairy contain far lower concentrations of omega-3s than what are found in fish such as salmon.

Better to eat fish if you want to increase your omega-3 intake.

Given the big picture, lots of experts say that, from a health perspective, what you eat matters more than whether you choose organic or conventional.

And at a time when most Americans don’t eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, perhaps the more important step is to add them to your diet — no matter what farming methods were used to grow them.


The recently published meta-analysis can be found here.