Recommendations on healthy beverage consumption in early childhood (birth to age 5) were recently made available by an expert panel from leading health and nutrition organizations which included: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.
In early childhood, beverages comprise a large portion of the diet and make a significant contribution to nutrient intakes.
Milk is an important source of several nutrients that young children need for proper growth and development such as: protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and niacin. Whole milk may be introduced, starting at 12 months.
While fortified plant-based beverages have added nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, the amounts are inconsistent and vary by type and brand. Evidence suggests nutrients from plant-based beverages are not as bioavailable compared to milk.
From ages 2 to 5, milk and water are considered as the “go to beverages.”
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Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Dietitians developed a resource with key evidence-based research results on calcium and bone health. Bringing together recent scientific data, the fact sheet includes a reference tool on recommendations and bioavailability of calcium that health professionals can use to advise their clients in their practices. A copy of the fact sheet is available for download at DairyNutrition.ca.
Dairy Farmers of Canada’s nutrition and health symposium will focus on Sustainable Diets.
Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to internationally recognized speakers on this topic from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, McGill University, the University of California, Davis and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The symposium will provide participants:
- A better understanding of the definitions and goals for sustainable diets;
- An expanded understanding of the impact of animal agriculture on environmental sustainability, particularly as it relates to Canadian food production; and,
- Provide insights on the nutritional implications of plant-based or ‘’flexitarian” diets as proposed by EAT-Lancet.
To view the program and register:
– Montreal, on October 29, 2019 – also available via webcast in French
– Edmonton, on October 30, 2019 – also available via webcast in English
For more information, visit www.dairynutrition.ca.
Fifteen new research projects targeting dairy farm efficiency and sustainability, cow health and welfare, milk quality, and dairy and cardiometabolic health were announced under the Dairy Research Cluster 3 in July 2019. Joint industry and government commitments to the Dairy Research Cluster 3 total $16.5 million, including the contribution from major partners Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Lactanet Canada and Novalait. Moreover, 1,300 individual dairy farms and 10 dairy processors will be investing their time in the proposed research activities by collaborating with the research teams.
A summary of each research project is now available online at dairyresearch.ca for download. The summaries contain the list of researchers working on the project, the amount invested in the project, the objectives, a brief overview, as well as the expected outcomes.
Copies of the summaries will be distributed at upcoming conferences where the Dairy Research Cluster kiosk is installed.
On July 16, 2019, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an $11.4 million investment in a third Dairy Research Cluster to be led by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). Joint industry and government commitments to the Dairy Research Cluster 3 total $16.5 million, including the contribution from major partners Lactanet Canada, Novalait, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Investments will be made in 15 research projects targeted to address DFC’s strategic research priorities identified in the National Dairy Research Strategy and will cover dairy farm efficiency and sustainability, cow health and welfare, milk quality, and the health benefits of dairy products consumption.
The Dairy Research Cluster 3 (DRC3) builds on the success of the Dairy Research Cluster 1 and 2 (2010-2018) to stimulate productivity, sustainability, and profitability on farms, and to improve knowledge of the health benefits of milk and dairy products consumption.
Communications, knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) activities are also planned for the DRC3 with a focused and strategic approach based on the National Strategy for Dairy Production Research Knowledge Translation and Transfer.
List of the Dairy Research Cluster 3 projects and investments (2018-2023)
Map with the location, institution, and number of scientists involved in the Dairy Research Cluster 3
The Dairy Research Cluster is pleased to present the 2018 Dairy Research Symposium: Transferring Results for Action next February 9th at the Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario.
Who should attend?
Canadian dairy farmers, dairy stakeholders and professionals working in the dairy farm sector that want to receive new and emerging knowledge on production and human nutrition and health research and tools have been developed drawing from these projects in the Dairy Research Cluster 2 (2013-2018).
Registration details and a preliminary agenda will be available later in the month of November.
We hope you can join us on February 9th!
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has adopted a new strategy to direct its investments in dairy production and human nutrition and health research. Four major themes have been identified:
- Dairy farm efficiency and sustainability
- Animal health and welfare
- Milk composition, quality and safety
- Milk products and components in human nutrition and health.
Each theme has targeted outcomes established to ensure that dairy research projects will address the major issues Canadian dairy farmers want solved by research. To view a copy of the strategy, visit www.dairyresearch.ca.
The strategy will serve as an important guide for future research investments by DFC.
As a next step in the planning process, DFC’s call for research proposals will be launched the week of November 14, 2016. Canadian dairy scientists will be invited to apply for funding for the next Dairy Research Cluster.
To receive the call for proposals announcement and details, please subscribe to our distribution list by clicking on the following link by November 11, 2016: DFC Call for Research Proposals Distribution List.
New governance body for national research investments: The Canadian Dairy Research Council
The Canadian Dairy Research Council (CDRC) is a new committee with representation from all provinces and members of the Board of Directors of DFC. The CDRC reports to the DFC Board. It guides the overall development, implementation and delivery of research activities for dairy production, and human nutrition and health research.
The CDRC completed its first mandate in June 2016 and developed DFC’s National Dairy Research Strategy to better coordinate dairy farmers’ research investments at the national and provincial levels. The National Dairy Research Strategy was approved by DFC’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and presented to its General Council in July 2016.
For information on dairy research governance and on research highlights, download our fact sheets at:
The theme “Making Sense of Dietary Patterns” aims to look at how we eat and the various ways that we eat. Nutrition experts know that it is impossible to isolate the effects of individual foods and nutrients on health and disease prevention. Rather, it is the totality of one’s diet (combinations and quantities) that has synergistic and cumulative effects over time. Simply put, overall dietary patterns are a key determinant of lifelong health.
- Making sense of trendy diets and superfoods
- Saturated fat and cardiovascular disease: Then and now
- Dairy and cardiometabolic health
- The DASH Diet: A model for healthy eating
Live webcasts will be available on our website for those who cannot attend in person.
English webcast (broadcasted from Toronto) – November 8
French webcast (broadcasted from Montreal) – November 9
Join the conversation on Twitter by using #DFCsympo before and during the event.
Registration is now open for the Dairy Research Cluster Symposium on February 5th, 2016 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario. Called, Innovate3: PROmoting PROgress to the PROfit of the Canadian Dairy Industry, experts from across the country will share the latest research developments in dairy production, genetics and genomics, and human nutrition and health research.
A copy of the agenda and registration information can be found at dairyknowledge.ca.
The conference is bilingual with simultaneous interpretation available during the conference. There is no cost to register.
The one-day event will be accessible for the first time live via webcast and presented on site in association with Farm Management Canada.
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