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Food Frontiers: Why What We Eat Matters



$5.75 - $28.75 NZD + BF

$5.75 - $28.75 NZD + BF

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The Better Base

Food Frontiers: Why What We Eat Matters

Date and Time

Wed 28th Aug 2019, 5:15 pm - 7:45 pm


Picton Library and Service Centre - Waitohi Whare Mātauranga
2 Dublin St, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Event description


If you care about health or the environment (or food!) then this event is not to be missed. With growing health and environmental challenges, our diets need to change - fast. Come along to learn why The Lancet medical journal, and other international groups, are calling for a Great Food Transformation towards healthy and sustainable plant-based diets.

Three talented speakers will take you on a journey to learn more about the shifts needed and personal steps we can take towards a better future.

Plant-based Nutrition Expert & GP, Dr Luke Wilson, will outline the huge benefits of a plant-based diet for our health.

Environmental researcher Dr Mike Joy
will explore ‘The Future Of Food’ in NZ and how we can move beyond current unsustainable practice.

Former farmer and author of ‘Plant Paradigm’, James Wilson, will discuss wider issues with intensive animal agriculture. He will finish by answering some frequently asked questions expressed by people considering a change to a plant-based lifestyle.

Hannah O’Malley, founder of The Better Base, will MC the event and facilitate a Q&A panel discussion following the presentations.

Delicious light nibbles and refreshments will be on offer before the event commences. Copies of James Wilson’s book, ‘Plant Paradigm’, are available for half price if purchased with your ticket - more copies will be for sale at the event. Learn more at www.plantparadigm.com 

We look forward to hosting you for a night that could change your life, for good!

If you are unable to meet the ticket cost, please let us know and a koha system can be arranged.

The Evening's Events:

5.15pm Doors open for drinks and light nibbles

6pm Welcome and introduction - Hannah O’Malley, MC

6.10pm - Why Plant-Based Is Best For Our Health, Dr Luke Wilson

6.30pm - The Future Of Food, Dr Mike Joy

6.50pm - The Plant Paradigm, James Wilson

7.10pm - Panel Discussion with Q&A

7.45pm - Event concludes

About Dr Luke Wilson

In 2016 Luke conducted the first whole foods plant-based study of its kind in New Zealand, has completed a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, and is a Certified Physician with the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Luke is a member of the New Zealand Medical Association, is a Director and NZ Ambassadoc for health promotion charity Doctors For Nutrition, was New Zealand’s first member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and has experience helping hundreds of people transform their lives by adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.

About Dr Mike Joy

After seeing first-hand the decline in freshwater health in New Zealand, Mike became an outspoken advocate for environmental protection.

Mike has received a number of awards for this work, including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society (2009), an Old Blue from Forest and Bird (2011), a Tertiary Education Union Award of Excellence for Academic Freedom and contribution to Public Education (2013), the Royal Society of New Zealand Charles Fleming Award for protection of the New Zealand environment (triennial, 2013), the Morgan Foundation inaugural River Voice Award (2015), the inaugural New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience award (biennial, 2016) and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year.

Mike has developed bio-assessment tools used by many regional councils and consultants, and has published scientific papers in many fields from artificial intelligence and data mining to the freshwater ecology of sub-Antarctic islands. He has been working for two decades at the interface of science and policy in New Zealand with a goal of strengthening connections between science, policy and real outcomes to address the multiple environmental issues facing New Zealand.

About James Wilson

After a lifetime farming, growing, harvesting and eating meat and milk, a health scare persuaded James Wilson and his wife Barbie to adopt a whole-food plant-based lifestyle (WFPB) in their sixties. They have never looked back.

James has recently published a book, titled ‘Plant Paradigm’. He asserts that a whole-food plant-based lifestyle ensures a longer and healthier life, severely reduces our environmental footprint and avoids the appalling cruelty that livestock farming causes to animals.

‘Plant Paradigm’, while forcibly putting the case for a whole-food plant-based lifestyle, includes practical answers to many of the frequently asked questions expressed by people considering a change to their way of living.

About Hannah O’Malley

Hannah is a clinical pharmacist based in Nelson who works across hospital and community pharmacy. Hannah also has a certificate in plant-based nutrition and founded The Better Base to provide tools and support to help more people eat plant based foods.

Through The Better Base, Hannah has hosted a range of health and environmentally focused sell-out events around NZ attended by hundreds of people. More than 1000 people have engaged with her online programmes and Ridiculously Good Recipe Meal Planner. See www.thebetterbase.com for more details.

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