Healthy soil, healthy peo­ple

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GRAND FINAL -

Soil and nu­tri­tion ex­perts will dis­cuss links be­tween healthy soils, healthy plants and healthy peo­ple at a com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion event in Drouin next week.

Much has been said about many foods we are eat­ing that are not do­ing us much good.

Com­mon dis­eases such as di­a­betes, obe­sity and many can­cers are con­sid­ered diet re­lated ill­nesses.

More re­cently men­tal health ill­nesses have been linked to our mod­ern western diet with our high con­sump­tion of sug­ary drinks, pro­cessed foods, and junk food com­monly sin­gled out as cul­prits.

But do peo­ple re­ally un­der­stand why these foods are bad and what makes “good food” good?

Nu­tri­tion­ist and di­eti­cian Marieke Ro­den­stein will talk about the health of the gut in achiev­ing over­all health and pre­vent­ing mod­ern dis­eases.

Maarten Stap­per, a for­mer CSIRO soil sci­en­tist, will dis­cuss the sci­ence of bi­o­log­i­cal farm­ing and the func­tion of healthy soils to grow healthy plants for healthy peo­ple.

Marieke and Maarten will join a panel of lo­cal farm­ers and health­care pro­fes­sion­als to an­swer ques­tions and con­tinue the dis­cus­sion.

This free event, will be the first in a se­ries of com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tions about food pre­sented by the Baw Baw Food Move­ment.

The event will be held at the Drouin Golf Club on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21 from 10am to 2pm.

Book­ings are lim­ited and es­sen­tial through www.try­book­

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