I may disagree with some of these statements, but it’s a good start. I would have to add that making Vegetables/fruits and meat more affordable would make a difference for some. Most importantly, I would bring back life skill teaching into the schools in Grade 7 and 8. I think teaching kids how to cook, how to use tools is sorely missing in the school system. I’m not sure that parents are doing a good job at teaching kids how to cook these days…. I’ve been trying to get my kids involved in the kitchen since they were little, i could be doing more. BUT… my kids know about nutrition. I have taught them that since they were very small. They don’t always make the right choices, but at least they are educated. I find it funny that it shocks people that my kids don’t eat Cereal. As a parent you are responsible for feeding your kids breakfast. I don’t buy Cereal. I also don’t take my kids to McDonalds. Breakfast choices include Eggs, bacon, homemade almond flour muffins, fruit, full fat yogurt, avocado toast and sometimes oatmeal. Food choices are really about education, education of adults and children.
From the CBC:
In any election in Canada, health care will be a major topic. National pharmacare promises to be a leading one in this year’s federal campaign.
But when we say “health-care” system what we really mean is our “sick-care” system — how we help sick people live with their conditions and/or get better. We spend very little time talking about what we need to do to help prevent people from getting sick in the first place.
One of the leading causes of sickness is sitting on our plates — or, more often, in greasy bags, foam containers and boxes from the freezer. The food we eat is feeding our health-care system because far too often it is high in saturated fat, salt and/or sugar, as well as a host of additives and emulsifiers. All ingredients that are common in ultra-processed foods.
As a result, Canadians are getting sicker at unprecedented and crisis level rates.
This has happened because we have created a food environment that encourages companies to create, heavily market and profit greatly from having Canadians drink and eat foods with too many things that are not good for us.
The companies have done a great job at this, thanks to social media and advertising campaigns directly targeted at children, the use of cartoon characters and other attractive packaging, and a complicated and confusing system of nutritional information labels that does little to educate Canadians about their best food choices.
It’s a remarkable system. Companies making and selling these foods generate huge profits while taxpayers are left with the multi-billion dollar costs to treat the resulting conditions associated with diet-related disease, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.