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Milk products are a key part of a healthy, balanced diet

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 08:32

Nutritious milk products continue to be part of the revised Canada Food Guide announced today. Dairy Farmers of Canada remains concerned that the updated Food Guide does not reflect the most recent and mounting scientific evidence available. There is abundant research that demonstrates that milk products with various fat content can be a part of healthy diet.

“While the food guide has changed, milk products continue to play a valuable role in helping Canadians make healthy-eating decisions on a daily basis,” says Isabelle Neiderer, Director – Nutrition & Research at Dairy Farmers of Canada. “The scientific evidence supporting the nutritional benefits of milk products in the promotion of bone health and prevention of chronic diseases, for instance, is stronger than ever, and new evidence continues to accumulate,” she added. “Current and emerging scientific evidence does not support a continued focus on lower fat milk products as it reveals that milk products that contain more fat are not associated with harmful health effects and could even provide benefits.”

With today’s focus on the Food Guide, we would like to take the opportunity to share some of the health benefits contained in milk products. Research continues to confirm that milk proteins rank as some of the highest quality available, but the nutritional benefits of milk products go far beyond their protein content.

We encourage Canadians to continue considering these when making food choices:

  • Milk products are a key source of 6 of the 8 nutrients that most Canadians already fall short of: calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, and potassium.
  • Milk products are a leading source of calcium. Although other foods may contain calcium, milk products generally contain a higher amount – in a form that is more easily absorbed by the body.
    • For example, a person would have to eat 8 cups of spinach, or more than 2 cups of broccoli, for their body to obtain the same amount of calcium as they would from a single cup of milk.
  • Research continues to confirm that milk products are particularly important for the optimal growth and development of children and preserving healthy bones and muscles in aging adults.
  • Scientific evidence confirms the nutritional benefits of dairy and that dairy plays a role in reducing the same chronic diseases prioritized by Health Canada (heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, hypertension, and musculoskeletal disease).
  • Health Canada’s own 2015 evidence review shows that, when it comes to reducing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer, the evidence for milk products is as strong, if not stronger, than it is for vegetables, fruit, whole grain, and plant-based protein foods.

For more information on the health benefits of milk products, please visit our Dairy Goodness website.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Michel Hachey
Assistant Director, Communications
Michel.Hachey@dfc-plc.ca
613 236-9997 ext 2791

AGECO Study Results Reveal Improved Environmental Impact and Efficiency of Canadian Milk Production

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:27

Ottawa (January 10, 2019) - In an effort to demonstrate the continued progress of environmental efficiency of Canadian milk production, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has released the findings of the latest life-cycle assessment of the industry’s environmental performance.

Ottawa (January 10, 2019) - In an effort to demonstrate the continued progress of environmental efficiency of Canadian milk production, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has released the findings of the latest life-cycle assessment of the industry’s environmental performance. The results show that, once again, the Canadian dairy sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.

The 2018 study, conducted by Groupe AGECO, a firm specializing in agri-food economy and corporate responsibility, characterizes the environmental performance of Canadian milk production in 2016 and compares it with data from 2011. It assesses several environmental issues, including carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use. Results indicate that environmentally-friendly farm practices, such as more crop rotations, better feed, reduced tillage and precision agriculture techniques, as well as increased milk production per cow explain improvements in those environmental profiles. In fact, the quantity of milk produced per cow has increased by 13% from 2011 to 2016.

“I’m really proud of the work done by all Canadian dairy farmers in adopting environmentally-friendly farming practices,” says Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “As a result of farmers increasing efficiency, productivity and innovation, Canada’s dairy footprint on the environment is minimal and decreasing. Our carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with the production of a litre of milk have decreased significantly between 2011 and 2016. Dairy Farmers of Canada and other dairy organizations are committed to continue making improvements over time.”

KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

 

  • Milk produced in Canada has a lower footprint than average; a litre produced in Canada emits 0.94 kg CO2 eq, which is about 1/3 the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to the global average.
  • Carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with milk production have decreased by 7%, 6%, and 11%, respectively, in the past 5 years.
  • As a result of improvements in animal nutrition, genetics, and housing, milk production per cow increased by 13% since 2011.

 

We note that in 2016, Canadian milk production was responsible for generating only 1.3% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. For more in-depth results of the study, including context, objectives, and methodology, please consult this EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [hyperlinked]. For an overview of key findings, please consult the INFOGRAPHIC.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Michel Hachey
Assistant Director, Communications
Michel.Hachey@dfc-plc.ca
613 236-9997 ext 2791

Study Results Reveal Improved Environmental Impact and Efficiency of Canadian Milk Production

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:10

Ottawa (January 10, 2019) - In an effort to demonstrate the continued progress of environmental efficiency of Canadian milk production, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has released the findings of the latest life-cycle assessment of the industry’s environmental performance.

The results show that, once again, the Canadian dairy sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.

The 2018 study characterizes the environmental performance of Canadian milk production in 2016 and compares it with data from 2011. It assesses several environmental issues, including carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use. Results indicate that environmentally-friendly farm practices, such as more crop rotations, better feed, reduced tillage and precision agriculture techniques, as well as increased milk production per cow explain improvements in those environmental profiles. In fact, the quantity of milk produced per cow has increased by 13% from 2011 to 2016.

“I’m really proud of the work done by all Canadian dairy farmers in adopting environmentally-friendly farming practices,” says Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “As a result of farmers increasing efficiency, productivity and innovation, Canada’s dairy footprint on the environment is minimal and decreasing. Our carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with the production of a litre of milk have decreased significantly between 2011 and 2016. Dairy Farmers of Canada and other dairy organizations are committed to continue making improvements over time.”

KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

  • Milk produced in Canada has a lower footprint than average; a litre produced in Canada emits 0.94 kg CO2 eq, which is about 1/3 the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to the global average.
  • Carbon footprint, water consumption, and land use associated with milk production have decreased by 7%, 6%, and 11%, respectively, in the past 5 years.
  • As a result of improvements in animal nutrition, genetics, and housing, milk production per cow increased by 13% since 2011.

We note that in 2016, Canadian milk production was responsible for generating only 1.3% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. For more in-depth results of the study, including context, objectives, and methodology, please consult this EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [hyperlinked]. For an overview of key findings, please consult the INFOGRAPHIC .

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Michel Hachey
Assistant Director, Communications
Michel.Hachey@dfc-plc.ca
613 236-9997 ext 2791

DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA 2019 ANNUAL POLICY CONFERENCE

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 08:24

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) 2019 Annual Dairy Policy Conference will be held in Ottawa on February 5-7, 2019.

February 5-7, 2019

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Ottawa, Ontario

Opportunities for Success

Over 200 delegates including dairy farmers, dairy processors, Members of Parliament, senior government officials, and other agricultural and dairy sector stakeholders will gather to discuss and hear from experts and engaging speakers on the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s dairy sector, and the place of the dairy industry in a robust economy of the future in Canada.

Hear from political commentators, industry experts, government, and dairy producers on a range of topics including:

  • The Current Political Environment and Federal Election Readiness: Effectively Positioning Dairy and the Dairy Sector
  • The Evolving Dairy Sector: A Market Outlook
  • Canada’s Dairy Brand: Effectively Positioning Dairy, Dairy Products and Dairy Farmers
  • DFC 2.0: Delivering Value to Dairy Farmers
  • And More!

Join us also for the annual Dairy Reception taking place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019!

Stay tuned for speaker and program updates!

Dairy producers concerned over revisions to the Canada Food Guide

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:05

Health Canada is set to publish a revised Canada Food Guide later this month.

Indications are that the document would de-emphasize the scientifically proven nutritional value and health benefits of dairy products by eliminating the Milk and Alternatives group and actively advocating that Canadians shift towards consuming more plant-based sources of protein.

Not only could this be detrimental to the long-term health of future generations by leading them to erroneously think that dairy products are unhealthy, it will also have an effect on a sector that continues to be negatively impacted by the concessions granted in recent trade agreements.

“There is no scientific justification to minimize the role of milk products in a healthy diet as they are a key source of 6 of the 8 nutrients that most Canadians already fall short of. The current scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that the daily consumption of 2 to 4 servings of milk products has a beneficial role to play in promoting bone health and preventing several chronic diseases that Health Canada wants to address with the new Food Guide such as hypertension, colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes and stroke,” said Isabelle Neiderer, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC’s) Director of Nutrition and Research, and a registered dietitian.

Research continues to confirm that milk proteins rank as some of the highest quality protein available, and are particularly important for growing children and preserving healthy bones and muscles in aging Canadian adults.

This is especially true when compared to the plant-based proteins Health Canada is considering prioritizing over dairy within the new Food Guide. Unlike milk products, these plant-based sources of protein do not even meet Federal requirements to be called “source of protein” on their packaging.

“Milk products and other protein foods are not interchangeable. Milk products provide different nutrients aside from protein that are important to health. Lumping milk products together with other protein foods will lead to inadequate intakes of important nutrients,” she added.

To make matters worse, these changes to Canada’s domestic health guidelines come at the same time when the dairy sector is still reeling from the latest rounds of concessions made by the federal government to secure recent trade agreements. “This would cause further harm to the dairy sector by deliberately diminishing the nutritional value of dairy in the eyes of Canadians – in spite of scientific evidence,” said DFC president, Pierre Lampron. “Not only will this harm the dairy sector and the hundreds of thousands who depend upon it for their livelihoods, it also risks harming Canadian consumers by creating confusion about the nutritional value of dairy”, he continued.

For more than 75 years, milk and dairy products have been clearly recognized within Canada’s Food Guide as playing a key role in a healthy, balanced diet. The scientific evidence supporting a role for milk products in the prevention of chronic diseases, is stronger than ever, and new evidence continues to accumulate. As highlighted by members of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition, which consists of nearly 3,000 member clinicians, in a letter written to the Health Minister, there are many scientific studies now showing the benefits of full fat dairy.

The direction proposed by the new Food Guide is not evidence-based, and could have further long-lasting consequences on a sector that has already been placed in a difficult position by this Government. Dairy Farmers of Canada asks that Prime Minister Trudeau direct the Minister of Health do her homework by considering and taking into account all available scientific evidence prior to the release of the new Food Guide. The health of Canadians, and the health of a vibrant Canadian sector, are at stake.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

 

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau, Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724  

Statement by Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada in the context of the Premiers meeting

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:53

“The work to which we dedicate our life with pride and resilience has been reduced to a bargaining chip in recent trade deals. We call upon Canada’s Premiers to take concrete action to secure the federal government's commitment to stop shopping around Canadian dairy in trade deals and to stop making concessions on our dairy industry. Mr. Trudeau: no more concessions at our expense. No more broken promises. Respect your commitments like we respect ours.”

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724