Food For Thought: How Diet Relates To Chronic Disease & Climate Change

Professor John Potter, Public Health Researcher, discusses the links between food, chronic disease and climate change.

It is established that that the risks of the majority of human cancers and other chronic diseases are influenced by aspects of what we eat and drink, by our exercise patterns, by our body weight, by whether we smoke, and by our workplaces. Some of these habits and exposures, in turn, are influenced by our culture, our family, and our times. They are also shaped strongly by what foods and drinks are produced, advertised, and sold.

For some people, conscious choices are really important – most often, though, we do not examine many of these habits, taking them for granted and imagining that the way we eat, drink, and live now is the way we have always done it. But is that true?

It is reasonable to ask four big questions:

Is there a diet to which humans are well adapted, that matches our body chemistry, that is part of the history of human development, long before there were cities, even towns – a time that, when we needed food, we had to work hard for it, when we needed to be somewhere else, we walked and ran?

If there is such a diet and lifestyle, what might it have looked like and how does it compare with how we eat and drink and move now – and how did we get from there to where we are now?

Could we make sufficient changes to our current behaviour patterns to recapture at least some of those important elements?

Finally, are there other reasons why a lifestyle that is based on this understanding of our past might be better for us all – and particularly our impact on the planet?

What better choices can we make now?

Following the presentation, you’ll have the chance to pitch your questions to John during an interactive discussion.

This free event is part of the popular 2019 Plant-Based Webinar Series delivered by The Better Base. You can view previous webinars via


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