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Are plant- based proteins actually more sustainable?

Canada’s new Food Guide and guidelines were released on January 22nd, 2019 and there were some pretty big shifts in recommendations compared to the 2007 guide. The revisions of the food guide have been underway for quite some time so there was a lot of excitement from industry, health professionals and the public to see the revised version including this #yyc blogger! One of the main changes is that the new food guide promotes plant based proteins. The food guide now has a “recommended proteins” category instead of Meat and Alternatives. There is also no longer a “milk products” category and milk as well as milk alternatives (like soy) have been included in the protein food group. In the guide the protein foods listed include “lentils, legumes, lean meats, fish, nuts, nut butters, eggs, unsweetened milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu and fortified soy beverages.” It’s also interesting to note this does not include other beverages like almond, rice or coconut beverage. These drinks are quite low in protein in comparison to soy or cow’s milk. Can …

From grapes to wine – how to make an indulgence more eco sustainable

I love wine! Don’t you? It’s a delightful addition to many meals and social occasions, a medium to great conversation and flavor enhancement. Being eco-conscious, I wondered what is the carbon footprint of wine? Through the years I’ve done quite a lot of research and as a result I have changed my choices around my wine selections. The wine footprint story: grapes don’t require the copious amounts of fertilizers to grow that other crops such as corn do organic wines are grown without fertilizer or use of pesticides wine grown using biodynamic certified practices use organic practices and emphasizes biodiversity and ecosystem preservation the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of wine grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production the biggest source of greenhouse gases from wine is in transporting wine to the consumer transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging (box, tetrapack, plastic) transporting bulk wine (in kegs) has a smaller carbon footprint transporting …

How to Recycle Biodegradable Take Out Containers

Although the take out containers are marked “biodegradable” there’s more to the story about how they should to be recycled. The City of Calgary reports the biodegradable containers do not biodegrade fast enough for their composting process. Where should you dispose of the containers? Your blue recycle bin Any city recycle bin areas (in the cardboard bin) Your own compost bin These containers are amazing and so much better than Styrofoam. Help city workers out by putting them in the right place so the composting project goes a lot smoother!

LEAF Certified Restaurants #YYC

There is a process restaurants can go through that is called “LEAF certification. LEAF certified restaurants have declared they are committed to the environment and providing a sustainable dining experience. Each restaurant must undergo an on-site review by a LEAF Accredited Consultant and meet minimum requirements in ten key areas of sustainability including: 1. Energy use2. Food purchasing and menu items3. Supplies4. Building and location5. Furnishing and decorative items6. Chemicals7. Waste and recycling8. Employees9. Policy and innovation10. Water use In Calgary the current LEAF certified restaurants include: Cafe Beano Calgary Zoo Community Natural Foods Craft Beer Market Fiasco Taiko Taco Mountain Mercato Odyssey Coffehouse River Cafe Sait School of Hospitality and Tourism Coup + Meet Una Pizza and Wine Heane House J.Webb Wine Merchant You can read more about the LEAF certification process on the LEAF website.