Looking back over 60,000 years for clues to our future survival - Talk with Vic Cherikoff (Free) at 4.15pm 6 March
As food consumption and waistlines continue to grow, our collective health is going downhill. Always hunting for the latest quick fix it should be apparent that maybe we need to look more closely at how our foods themselves have changed over the last 100 years or so and consider a significant overhaul of our food supply.
Vic Cherikoff describes himself as a scientist, author and entrepreneur but others have called him a visionary due to his passion for bringing the ancient, traditional foods and medicines of the Australian Aborigines into the modern-world sciences of food technology, nutrition and disease-care.
His pioneering research in this field over more than 30 years has revealed the amazing qualities of the foods traditionally eaten by Aborigines and suggests that there are no ‘superfoods' that are the whole answer to health. No culture survived on one or two ‘special' foods and the government's 2 fruits and 5 vegetables daily is not working for anyone today.
The reality is that it was an arsenal of wild foods that protected the world's longest living culture. If we want to understand our best nutritional options, we cannot do better than to look back at the diets of the 600 nations of Indigenous Australians.
These wild foods sustained their rich and diverse, yet environmentally sustainable culture for over 60,000 years, making them the oldest living culture on the planet. Vic believes that we still have much to learn from them and time is running out.