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VEGANUARY: What if the world went Vegan? (2020)

Philosophy has its adherents but let’s be frank, it makes for pretty poor visuals. Not so with food debates! And indeed, my book on food politics, I Think Therefore I Eat, led to interest from podcasters, radio and TRT whose Roundtable series is a discussion program with an edge. Broadcast out of London and presented by the canny David Foster, it says it is about bringing people to the table, listening to every opinion, and analysing every point of view, while ranging from ‘fierce debate’ to ‘reflective thinking’.

What I liked about the show, was the way David had essentially created a narrative for the debate beforehand, into which our contributions fitted. This made the exchanges much more coherent while still leaving room for spontaneity. Indeed, if I struggled in the atypical role of defender of farming here, (after for many years having advocated Pythagorean ideals of nature's bounty) the preparation stage allowed me to feed in several of my favorite food themes, notably:

  • The big change in the way we eat is towards more and more highly processed foods. These are designed in laboratories, made in factories from cheap plant-based ingredients, packaged attractively and designed to last forever. 
  • There's a big and important difference between what a few people do as individuals and what happens if very large numbers of people do.
  • Big brands are not interested in public health. What is going on is entirely driven by the profit margin.
Anyway, enough preamble, please check out the show! And apologies in advance for my swivelling!

And here is the video Turner and I prepared for I Think Therefore I Eat, with help from the anti-sugar folks!

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