09 February 2009

Healthy Food: At What Price?

Canada Health Food Guide suggests at least 5 -10 servings of fruits and vegetables; 5 - 12 servings of grains; 2 - 3 servings of Meat or alternatives and one serving of dairy -- daily.

However, prices for healthy food in Canada vary a great deal, depending upon where you live.
For example:

* Six apples ranged from 90 cents in Peterborough, Ont., to $7.64 in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
* One kilogram of lean ground beef was $13.21 in Ottawa, but only $4.14 in Barrie, Ont.
* A package of whole wheat pasta ranged from $2 in Barrie, Ont., to $7.90 in Regina, and a staggering $11.37 in Dawson, Yukon.

We can blame world economics, we can petition local politicians to ensure there are fair prices for obtaining healthy foods, we can cry in our canned soup OR...

We CAN stimulate local food initiatives in all parts of the country. We CAN encourage small farmers by purchasing their product. We CAN allow food to be grown in unused public spaces and we CAN encourage use of innovative technologies to grow food year round.

Another, alternative, cost/time and environmentally friendly way of eating would be to become vegan.

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