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Preserving a national treasure: How fish oil is helping to save Canada’s grizzly bears

Canada’s wilderness is one of the last global safe havens for grizzly bears, which are extinct or at risk of disappearing worldwide. But humans are threatening grizzlies’ ability to survive in Canada because of unsustainable hunting, poaching and the destruction of grizzly habitat due to industrial and recreational development.

To help protect Canada’s grizzly bears, Ascenta is partnering with the David Suzuki Foundation through our 1% for the Planet commitment.  Ascenta develops natural health products – specifically omega-3 supplements – and we strive to create health for both people and planet every day. We are proud to support the Foundation as it advocates for legal protection of grizzlies in BC and throughout Canada, and promotes the creation a network of protected habitat to ensure grizzlies are managed for more than trophy hunting.

The Foundation is working diligently on a grizzly bear mortality science paper, and a policy report will be released in early 2014 in anticipation of their submission to the Auditor General later this spring. They are calling on the federal government to work with the western provinces and territories to create strong recovery and management plans that identify and protect grizzly bear critical habitat, and Ascenta fully supports this effort.

The mission of the David Suzuki Foundation is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and in the future – something that Ascenta respects and believes in! We have been partnering with the Foundation on wildlife preservation and other related issues through 1% for the Planet since 2008.

Ascenta’s commitment to quality, purity, and the environment made becoming a member of 1% for the Planet an easy decision for us, and we were the first natural health products manufacturer to sign on in 2007. In addition to the David Suzuki Foundation, our 1% for the Planet partners include the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, Environmental Defence, and Heal the Bay.

Thank you, 1% for the Planet, for giving us the opportunity to give back and love blue!

 

About the David Suzuki Foundation

Based in British Columbia, Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation works with government, businesses, and individuals to conserve our environment through initiatives such as science-based education, advocacy and policy works, and acting as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation was cofounded by Dr. David Suzuki, one of Canada’s most highly respected and well-known scientists, environmentalists, and broadcasters.  Dr. Suzuki is an appointee to the Order of Canada and in 2004 was voted the “Greatest Living Canadian” in a CBC poll. To learn more about the David Suzuki Foundation’s grizzly project, visit http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/wildlife-habitat/projects/grizzly-bears/.

 

About Ascenta Health

Ascenta was founded in 2003 based on values we still uphold today. The belief that “It’s what’s inside that matters” is at the core of everything we do: how we treat people, how we do business, and what we put in our bottles and our bodies. For more information on Ascenta, please visit www.ascentahealth.com.

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