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Nutrition Policy in Canada, 1870-1939

Nutrition Policy in Canada, 1870-1939 examines the beginnings and early evolution of nutrition policy developments, mainly at the federal level, from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the Second World War. It outlines the development of a national system of food safety and surveillance, the federal government’s early policy focus on infant feeding, and the factors leading to the establishment of a national dietary standard.

160 pages

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1 Establishing a Food Surveillance System in Canada

2 Infant Mortality, Malnutrition, and Social Reform Prior to the First World War

3 The Medical Profession and Infant Feeding to the 1920s

4 Cow’s Milk: A New Image for the 1920s

5 The First National Infant Feeding Guidelines in Canada

6 Food Safety and Marketing and the Role of the Medical Profession in Dispensing Nutritional Advice in the 1930s

7 Food Supply during the Depression

8 Mortality from Nutritional Deficiency Diseases during the Depression

9 The Canadian Council on Nutrition and the First National Dietary Standard




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