First aired September 13, 2017
Vegan, Vegetarian or insects?
Dr. Robert Verkerk, an ecologist and an advocate of sustainable health care shares research based knowledge on how humans are dependent on other species for health. He talks about the pros and cons of veganism, dairy, meat and vegetarianism. Dr. Verkerk says that it may be more important to eat soil grown vegetables than non-pesticide grown vegetables, although veganism is sustainable for the planet it can result in health imbalances if one is unaware of their food choices.
He proposes that insects may be the most important source of protein for humans for sustainability of the planet. Dr. Verkerk talks about the importance of microbiome populating the roots of a plant in imparting health benefits. He says eating vegetables lacking microbiome involvement in the agricultural processes can deprive health benefits. This interview can answer many questions you may have been asking yourself about the right kind of food one must chose.
About our Guest
For over three decades, Rob Verkerk has developed an intimate relationship with the tightropes that span between science and law, between academia and industry, between government and the people—and not least— between humanity’s internal and external environments. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 7 years.
In 2002, Rob founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) and has acted as its executive and scientific director since this time.