An honest look at the human diet

THE November event in the Tollard Talks series at Tollard Barn in Tollard Royal, on Thursday 30th November, is a serious look at the arguments for and against a plant-based diet.

The speaker, Jayne Buxton, poses the question, “What if removing animal foods from our diet was a serious threat to human health, and a red herring in the fight against climate change?”

The talk is based on her book, The Great Plant-Based Con, in which she argues that this ‘what if’ is a reality. She explains that her book is neither anti-plant nor anti-vegan – it is a call for us to take an honest look at the facts about human diets and their effect on the environment.

Jayne Buxton, won this year’s Guild of Food Writers investigative food work award. She is an ambassador for the Real Food Campaign and the Public Health Collaboration.

Her talk will provide a much-needed counterweight to the arguments so far put forward around plant-based food and will debunk many of the myths that have grown up in recent years, while proposing a more balanced way forward.

She will be joined in this discussion by pioneering organic farmer Sophie Alexander of Hemsworth Farm, Dorset and Rob Shepherd managing partner of Allenford Farms in Hampshire.

Doors open at 6pm and the talk. Starts at 7pm. You are advised to dress warmly. For tickets, email