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The authors of the study found that a family of four, for example, could save almost 7% on their annual grocery bill.
If more than one-quarter of Canadians consider that the new food Guide directs them towards choices that are somewhat affordable, follow his recommendations releases yet savings on their grocery bill… at least for now.
This is revealed by the study The “food Guide” : awareness, understanding and barriers to accessibility, and its adoption by Canadians, published jointly by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph’s Thursday, and that the Duty has obtained a copy.
By comparing the costs and the recommended number of servings in the versions 2007 and 2019 of the food Guide, the authors have found that a family of four, for example, could save almost 7 % on their annual grocery bill by preparing meals according to the new recommendations.
Recall that the latest version of the guide, unveiled in January, has put the accent on fruits and vegetables as well as plant proteins. For their part, dairy products and animal protein, without disappearing, have lost their pedestal.
“This is good news to see the families save by eating a healthy diet, but it may not last “, drops Sylvain Charlebois, one of the authors of the study and a professor in distribution and agri-food policy at Dalhousie University.
This is the percentage of Canadians who believe that the recommendations of the new canada’s food Guide are not affordable.
He said that the growth in the price of fruit and vegetables is more rapid than that of the meat. In addition, the high demand for foods of plant origin — generated by the tips of the new guide, could even more raise the invoice within a few years.
It’s been a while as Canadians turn more to the kitchen plant, some have even drawn a line on all animal protein. According to Mr. Charlebois, almost 466 000 véganes the country. And more than 3 million Canadians identify themselves as vegetarian or vegan.
Moreover, by way of example, some stores have found themselves out of stock of tofu in the beginning of January in Quebec, even before the publication of the new canada’s food Guide. The main producers of the province, Unisoya and Soyarie, they decided to double their production capacity this year to meet the growing demand for this vegetable protein.
“If we wish to have a plate like the one presented by Health Canada, it would be necessary to align our ambitions nutrition with our domestic manufacturing capacity,” says Mr. Charlebois.
It suggests, in particular, to develop economies of scale. “There are enormous greenhouses built in Canada for cannabis. Why not do the same for the tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, etc ? “
The director-general of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), Charles-Felix Ross, is not of his opinion. He argues that the imports, the vagaries of the weather as well as the fluctuation of the canadian dollar to have a much greater impact on the cost of fruit and vegetables that the accession of the Canadians to a power plant.
Jocelyn St-Denis, executive director of the Association des producteurs maraîchers du Québec (APMQ), abounds in the same direction. “With all of the vagaries of the temperature in California, it remembers all of the cauliflower at $ 7 there are two winters. “
“It is the second largest producing provinces of fruits and vegetables in Canada. If the demand increases, we are just going less to export and sell more locally, ” says Mr. St-Denis.