Diabetes Canada says: "Foods such as legumes, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables can help control blood sugar, protect you from heart disease and stroke, and can make you feel full longer to help with losing weight."
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, over 60% of Canadians adults are considered either overweight or obese. And 30% of Canadian children (between the ages of 5 and 17) are considered overweight or obese.
According to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, GRAIN, together, the world's top five meat and dairy corporations are now responsible for more annual greenhouse gas emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP.
Agriculture is estimated to be the direct driver for around 80% of deforestation worldwide. Beef production is considered the main driver of forest loss across countries with the highest deforestation rates.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, "The livestock sector is one of the top three contributors to the most serious environmental problems, including water-quality degradation, at every scale from local to global."
Commercial fishing is negatively affecting the biodiversity in our oceans so much that "unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood." All species of wild seafood could be in collapse in the next 30 years!
The rise of Antibiotic Resistance threatens life on earth. In December 2018, Canada passed legislation that mandated that medically important antibiotics be prescribed by a vet. As part of this legislation, Canada is monitoring the sale of antibiotics to livestock. But this regulation has not changed the use of antibiotics for many farmers, as many have ongoing relationships with veterinarians and can easily gain a prescription.
Feeding crops to livestock ends up being very inefficient when we consider how much food energy is lost along the way. This system creates a shrinking food supply while almost a billion - or 1 out of 9 - people on our planet are hungry or starving. Children are the most effected by food insecurity.