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We had a great time at the Ontario Food Collaborative today! We covered food waste and its connection to food literacy. ...
11/22/2022
AGM2022 โ€“ Ontario Food Collaborative

We had a great time at the Ontario Food Collaborative today! We covered food waste and its connection to food literacy. If you missed it, you'll be able to watch the recording soon at the OFC website: https://ontariofoodcollaborative.ca/agm2022/

And check out Project Neutral and Our Food Future for more climate action content. Thanks for having us, OFC! ๐ŸŒณโ›…๐Ÿ‘

Join us at OFCโ€™s 2022 Annual General Meeting & Symposium Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 This year OFCโ€™s AGM and Symposium will be on November 22, 2022 and we have a full day of great programming. This FREE virtual event will create the space to learn and build capacity for members and interested p...

Where are we on food waste in 2022? We've linked to an article below covering the lack of measurement and progress on th...
11/18/2022
Food waste per capita

Where are we on food waste in 2022?

We've linked to an article below covering the lack of measurement and progress on this extremely impactful climate action around the world...

"Spokespeople from Canada, Australia and Ireland ... said their countries were committed to the goal but did not say what progress had been made so far."

"The amount of food wasted in the United States rose 12% between 2010 and 2016 and has since plateaued"

"In New Zealand, the percentage of food households tossed into the bin rose to 13.4% in 2022 from 8.6% in 2021"

BUT "The United Kingdom reduced food waste by 27% between 2007 and 2018, according to The Waste and Resources Action Programme, an organization that tracks the nation's progress. Its campaign included eliminating "best by" dates on packaging, redistributing unused food to charities, and public education on meal planning."

https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/world-making-little-progress-food-waste-big-climate-problem-2022-11-15/

For more food waste data, we're also linking to Our World In Data, which has an awesome interactive graphic to compare per capita food waste by country:

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/food-waste-per-capita?country=OWID_WRL~GBR~NGA~JPN~CAN

Amount of food wasted per capita, measured in kilograms.

We're watching the cell-cultured meat space closely because it has huge potential as a technology to address the emissio...
11/16/2022
From science fiction to reality, 'no kill' meat may be coming soon

We're watching the cell-cultured meat space closely because it has huge potential as a technology to address the emissions generated from animal agriculture. The piece linked below on UPSIDE Foods covers the issue well. There's a lot of research to be done, both in measuring the energy required in producing cell-cultured meat AND in the health effects of transitioning to this form of meat.

I haven't seen anything on cell-cultured meat in dietetic spaces. If you've seen discussion from dietitians, let us know!

The meat of the future may be cultured directly from animal cells without slaughtering livestock. It's not yet sold in the U.S., but NPR got a tour of a leading start-up and a taste of their chicken.

We'll be at the Ontario Food Collaborative on November 22nd! You can register and join the climate change panel (and any...
11/10/2022
AGM2022 โ€“ Ontario Food Collaborative

We'll be at the Ontario Food Collaborative on November 22nd! You can register and join the climate change panel (and any other panel) for FREE. See you there ๐Ÿ˜Š

Register here:

Join us at OFCโ€™s 2022 Annual General Meeting & Symposium Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 This year OFCโ€™s AGM and Symposium will be on November 22, 2022 and we have a full day of great programming. This FREE virtual event will create the space to learn and build capacity for members and interested p...

COP27 has started in Egypt (Nov 6-18), and it's the first COP to include a food pavillion! Yay! We're so excited to see ...
11/07/2022

COP27 has started in Egypt (Nov 6-18), and it's the first COP to include a food pavillion! Yay! We're so excited to see food systems get attention, and we hope to see !๐ŸŒ

Check out the link below for more info on the first ever Food Systems Pavillion--> https://foodsystemspavilion.com/

Are you a dietitian interested in climate action, but unsure where to start? Our new rationale statement might help! It ...
11/04/2022

Are you a dietitian interested in climate action, but unsure where to start? Our new rationale statement might help! It describes the impact of food on climate change, shows the skills dietitians have to work on food-related mitigation, and lists high-quality research evidence.
Check out the resources section of our website: https://www.drawdowndietetics.org/handouts

It's almost Halloween! We looked for research into the climate impacts of candy, and found a great life cycle assessment...
10/24/2022

It's almost Halloween! We looked for research into the climate impacts of candy, and found a great life cycle assessment called "Environmental management of confectionery products: Life cycle impacts and improvement strategies" (Miah et al, 2018).

They found that most regular candy ("sugar confectionery") is very climate-friendly--it had the lowest global warming effect of all the candy categories measured. The highest was dark chocolate, followed by milk chocolate, and they show that replacing cow's milk with soy milk in chocolate formulae would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by a huge amount (an estimated 96%!). So , if you're reading this, it could be a simple way for you to save money and meet your emissions targets ;)

Enjoy your Halloween everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰

Robust veggies like carrots, beets, squash, kale and turnips and are less likely to be wasted and last longer! Eating th...
10/20/2022

Robust veggies like carrots, beets, squash, kale and turnips and are less likely to be wasted and last longer! Eating these nutrient dense vegetables will also boost your intake of vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre, magnesium and so much more. ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿ 

In case you missed it, we now offer consulting services! If you're looking for support in nutrition and climate action, ...
10/14/2022

In case you missed it, we now offer consulting services! If you're looking for support in nutrition and climate action, we're here to help. Visit our website drawdowndietetics.org/consult for more info ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The origins of this holiday suck, but we want to use it to say thanks. We're so grateful to...
10/10/2022

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The origins of this holiday suck, but we want to use it to say thanks. We're so grateful to have dietitians and others engage with our work! We're also eternally grateful to everyone who came before us in the world of climate change understanding and action--scientists, artists, activists, concerned citizens, and politicians. Thanks for your support and interest in climate action, and we hope you enjoy some yummy food this weekend :)

Good luck with midterms nutrition and dietetics students!! ๐ŸŽ‰
10/06/2022

Good luck with midterms nutrition and dietetics students!! ๐ŸŽ‰

10/01/2022

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Vegetarian diets tend to have low greenhouse gas emissions, but we use the term "plant-rich diet" to indicate that you can have a healthy, climate-friendly diet while still enjoying animal foods in small amounts. Flexitarian or "reducetarian" diets tend to be easier for most people to follow in the long run :)
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September 30th is Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada. While this isn't directly related to climate change, as dietit...
09/30/2022

September 30th is Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada. While this isn't directly related to climate change, as dietitians we recognize the significant harms done by nutrition researchers to children at residential schools. We support the important work of truth and reconciliation, and especially the health recommendations made in the Final Report. Read more here: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

09/29/2022

Our September blog is published! Read about meatless meat and dairy alternatives at drawdowndietetics.org/blog. Are these ultra-processed foods, or can they replace their animal-based equivalents?๐Ÿง

You can sign up for our free monthly newsletter at drawdowndietetics.org. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿ“จ

09/22/2022

Happy fall! ๐Ÿ Tell us your favourite fall foods! ๐Ÿ˜ Anneke loves pumpkin pie, and Renita's favourite is beets! Yummmmmm.

09/19/2022

Happy World Zero Emissions Day 2022!! Can we lower the greenhouse gas emissions from the food system while protecting human nutrition? Yup, but we need evidence-based info from registered dietitians! ๐ŸŒ

Our amazing volunteer, Natalie Nguyen, has been working on a huge database of plant-based meats and dairy products, to s...
09/15/2022

Our amazing volunteer, Natalie Nguyen, has been working on a huge database of plant-based meats and dairy products, to support dietitians making healthy recommendations with these foods. We chose the top 3 plant burgers based on overall nutrition. Our September blog post will dig into our thoughts on these products. Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ™Œ

09/12/2022

Another great resource for sustainable food is the set of Guelph Family Health Study Cookbooks! They have some great suggestions for plant-rich meals and reducing food waste. Check out the link in our bio for the recipes :) ๐ŸŒโœจ๐Ÿฒ

As you're getting ready to go back to campus in person this Fall, take a look at the sustainable food initiatives your s...
09/01/2022

As you're getting ready to go back to campus in person this Fall, take a look at the sustainable food initiatives your school is working on. "DefaultDal" at Dalhousie University in Halifax advocates for plant-based meals to be the default option. Tell us what you'd like to see on your campus! Learn more about the DefaultDal campaign here: https://defaultdal.ca/. ๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒŽ

08/31/2022
News from Drawdown Dietetics

Our August newsletter and blog post are published! We talk about why needs a dietitian ;) Read at drawdowndietetics.org/blog, and sign up for our free monthly newsletter at drawdowndietetics.org. ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ’Œ โ˜‘

Nutrition and dietetics students ๐Ÿ“ฃIs anyone interested in courses on climate change, sustainability and food? We know th...
08/25/2022

Nutrition and dietetics students ๐Ÿ“ฃ
Is anyone interested in courses on climate change, sustainability and food? We know there are courses out there--tell us what you're taking and why in the comments below! ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ ๐ŸŒŽ

It's almost time to get back to school!๐Ÿ˜ฎ To prepare, here are some of our top climate-friendly lunchbox tips:1. Try swap...
08/22/2022

It's almost time to get back to school!๐Ÿ˜ฎ To prepare, here are some of our top climate-friendly lunchbox tips:
1. Try swapping luncheon meats and cheeses for plant-based alternatives (smoked tofu, seasoned tempeh, hummus or bean dip with veggies).
2. Freeze any uneaten fruits or vegetables brought home and add them to smoothies.
3. Compost leftovers when possible.
4. Use a reusable water bottle for drinks.
5. Try using more tupperware instead of single-use plastics.
๐ŸŽ’ ๐ŸŒŽ For more helpful tips see Harvard's School of Public Health 'Packing a Healthy Lunchbox' Guide. See the link here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/kids-healthy-lunchbox-guide/! ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ

Insects like crickets and mealworms are a sustainable source of protein and micronutrients, and around 2 billion people ...
08/15/2022

Insects like crickets and mealworms are a sustainable source of protein and micronutrients, and around 2 billion people in the world eat them! Have you ever had clients who eat insects, or tried them yourself? ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ”Ž Tell us in the comments below!

For International Book Lovers Day (tomorrow), we're recommending two great books: Food and Climate Change Without the Ho...
08/08/2022

For International Book Lovers Day (tomorrow), we're recommending two great books: Food and Climate Change Without the Hot Air, by Sarah Bridle, & Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken. Enjoy!! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“”๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ’ก

We're taking a break from the newsletter and blog this month to disconnect and recharge before we dive into our next top...
08/01/2022

We're taking a break from the newsletter and blog this month to disconnect and recharge before we dive into our next topic in August. Happy summer and we'll see you soon! ๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐ŸŒน

Plant foods tend to have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions, while farmed ruminant meats have the highest. However, pla...
07/28/2022

Plant foods tend to have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions, while farmed ruminant meats have the highest. However, plant-rich diets don't necessarily eliminate ruminant meat--these are reduced as much as possible while being mindful of culturally significant foods, disordered eating, and other individual contexts. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฅฆ

Farming ruminant animals is hard on the climate. Can you name any ruminant animals other than cowsโ“ See if you can name ...
07/25/2022

Farming ruminant animals is hard on the climate. Can you name any ruminant animals other than cowsโ“ See if you can name them all in the comments below! ๐Ÿ‘€

Craving a great recipe to help you use up some vegetables you planned on eating days ago?  Check out Bob Blumer's delici...
07/21/2022

Craving a great recipe to help you use up some vegetables you planned on eating days ago? Check out Bob Blumer's delicious veggie fritter recipe! --> https://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/recipes/bob-blumers-veggie-fritters/. You can incorporate almost any leftover produce or odds and ends into this recipe. Enjoy! ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿง…

Check out one of our favourite websites www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca for a useful list of the most commonly wasted foods and...
07/18/2022

Check out one of our favourite websites www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca for a useful list of the most commonly wasted foods and tips on how to use them up --> https://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/5-ways/
Our favourites are 5 ways to use up wilted herbs, wilted lettuce, and leftover rice! ๐Ÿš ๐Ÿฒ What are some of your favourite ways to use up commonly wasted foods?? Leave us some ideas in the comments below! ๐Ÿ˜Š

We're also joined by Sadaf Mollaei, a PhD student at the University of Waterloo. Sadaf researches consumer behaviour aro...
07/14/2022

We're also joined by Sadaf Mollaei, a PhD student at the University of Waterloo. Sadaf researches consumer behaviour around sustainable diets, including their affordability and how to promote these dietary patterns. We think understanding consumer behaviour is key to the long-term adoption of sustainable diets, so we're excited to learn from Sadaf's expertise. ๐Ÿ˜€

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