Ella Soryl, an eleven-year-old New Zealand vegan, recently challenged Professor Robert Pickard to a triatholon. Professor Pickard is general director of the British Nutrition Foundation and was sent on a speaking tour of New Zealand by the Council for Foods of Animal Origin. During his tour, Pickard has been making pompus claims that vegan, vegetarian, and even low-meat diets are “unnatural” and unhealthy.
Pickard did not accept the challenge. (It conflicted with his tour schedule.) However he did back track to say that he was not aiming his comments at individual diets but at the general public, who may not be educated well enough to eat a balanced vegetarian or vegan diet. So wait, is he calling us too stupid to responsibly not eat foods linked with cancer, diabetes, and heart-disease?