Saturday 30 June 2007, 10.00am to 5.30pm
The Royal Horticultural Halls - Lawrence Hall & Conference Centre
Greycoat Street, London SW1P 2QD
About the speakers and their talks
We are delighted that Rose Elliot is again giving four cookery demonstrations. At our last national Show, all of Rose’s demos were full so we have increased the size of the cookery demo area. Be sure not to miss tips from the best veggie cook in the world!
Rose is Britain’s foremost vegetarian cookery writer and her more than 50 books have won her popular acclaim all over the world. She has played a key role in transforming the image, and taste, of vegetarian food and in 1999 was awarded an MBE for her work. She is a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers, as well as giving cookery demonstrations and broadcasts on radio and television. She is a patron of Viva! and the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation. Visit www.roseelliot.com
Heather is a passionate vegan and Patron of both Viva! and our sister charity, the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation (VVF). She is also a brilliant cook who loves the challenge of turning a carnivore into a veggie through their stomach!
She is a United Nations Association Goodwill Ambassador who has campaigned for 15 years to raise funds and awareness to rid the world of landmines. Just one year after she lost her leg, Heather arranged for the first convoy of artificial limbs to be sent to Croatia. Since then she has been part of a global campaign that has helped 400,000 people. Heather has won numerous accolades and awards including the UNESCO Children in Need Award.
Heather has written many articles on our UK campaigns which have been published in publications from Allergy magazine, The Scotsman to Hello!. Her connection with campaigns has ensured national coverage – with campaigns such as White Lies being featured in everything from The People to the Independent and Sunday Times. Heather filmed mother pigs incarcerated in farrowing crates with Viva! – and the footage was shown on all main UK channels (GMTV, BBC News, ITN News etc) as well as across the world.
Andrew is from a farming background in Somerset and did his first degree in Agriculture. Following time abroad at an early age he realised that his interest in food and particularly wild fungi was to become an inspiration that has now taken over his life!
Andrew cheffed for many years both home and abroad in both classic French, vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic restaurants. In the mid 90s he took a few years out to go back to University for a BSc in global forest resources and non timber forest products after which his career finally turned towards foraging as a living whilst continuing his love affair with food. He now creates and design many new dishes utilising a wide range of wild foods. And supplies some of the finest restaurants in the UK. Visit www.gourmetfungi.co.uk
[TALKS – Lecture Theatre]
10.20-10.50am Tony Wardle – End of the Line? A Fascinating and Revealing Insight into What will Happen to the World if it Continues to be Overfished
How the unbridled destruction of the sea is destroying an ecosystem which is essential to human survival – for example by destroying the world’s main source of oxygen. How it is not only an environmental disaster but also a serious threat to human health.
Tony Wardle is Associate Director of Viva! and Editor of Veggiehealth and Viva!LIFE. He helped to found Viva! and the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation. He is an experienced and passionate speaker with an intimate knowledge of the fishing industry. He is a journalist, writer and TV producer and has won a Royal Television Society Award, several ITVA and other British awards. He was the first British journalist to win the Hibakusha Travel Grant and researched the after-effects of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tony has authored several books and co-authored The Silent Ark with Viva! founder, Juliet Gellatley. In a former life, Tony fished – not any more – and he tells you why!
10.55-11.20am Dr Justine Butler – Fish is not a Health Food! Why Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats are Better for your Health
The slippery issue of fish oils has left many people confused. Justine examines how mercury, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fish cancel out the beneficial effects of the ‘good’ omega-3 fatty acids they contain. She also looks at the latest science on why plant-based sources of omega-3 provide a much healthier option (and what their effects are) that do not expose us to cancer causing agents and poisons that damage our nervous system.
Dr Justine Butler is the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation’s senior health campaigner. “I stopped eating meat and drinking cow’s milk in the early ‘80’s when I first considered the link between the life of one animal and another – me! As Viva! says... "Not in My Name”. But Justine is also a scientist (PhD Molecular Biology, BSc Biochemistry, Diploma Nutrition) and an ever-increasing body of scientific research has convinced her, beyond all doubt, that a well-balanced wholegrain vegan diet is the healthiest diet of all.
Justine wrote the ground breaking White Lies report as well as many other of the VVF’s publications and articles for Veggiehealth (as well as for other media). She also answers nutritional queries from the public, food companies and health professionals.
11.30-12.20pm Dr Michael Greger – Stopping Cancer Before It Starts: Diet and Cancer Prevention
More than half of all cancer deaths may be preventable through diet alone. In this dynamic and engaging multimedia presentation, Dr Michael Greger reveals the top whole plant superfoods that may block and even reverse tumour formation. Learn what free radicals and antioxidants really are and exactly how they work to protect your body from the ravages of aging, cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. Profiling specific cancers such as breast and prostate, Dr Greger shows how a phytonutrient rich plant-based diet may be our best protection against the cancer epidemic.
Dr Greger is a general practitioner specialising in clinical nutrition and a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States and author of several books including:Heart Failure: Diary of a Third Year Medical Student, Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America's Low Carb Craze, and his latest,Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and launched AtkinsExposed.org, as well as contributing to a number of other books on nutrition and food safety issues. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. www.drgreger.org
Dr Greger was an expert witness to defend Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation trial." He was honoured to teach part of Professor T Colin Campbell's esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr Greger is an internationally recognised lecturer, he has presented at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health among countless other symposia.
12.30-1.05pm Juliet Gellatley – Why You Don’t Need Dairy
Juliet’s compelling talk asks: is it natural to consume milk after weaning? Indeed, is it safe to consume cow’s milk at all? She looks at many health issues and new research showing why dairy is linked to cancers; how natural growth hormones in milk affect us and what are the dangers of milk protein and saturated fats? She exposes the way that major studies have revealed that dairy causes heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Importantly, she also examines the calcium myth. Do we – and especially our children – need milk for calcium? If not, where should we obtain it and how do we ensure our kids have strong bones? Juliet also reveals little known facts about the life of a dairy cow and helps us understand the motives of the enormous £6 billion dairy industry.
In 1994 Juliet founded Viva! – a vibrant, campaigning group that is now the biggest vegetarian and vegan organisation in Europe. Viva! is the organiser of The Incredible Veggie Show. She also set up the charity, the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation five years ago to concentrate on health and nutrition. She directs both groups. Previously she was director of the Vegetarian Society.
Over the past 18 years, Juliet has created and launched numerous campaigns. She has filmed and exposed many factory farms, severely embarrassing companies such as Bernard Matthews. It was Juliet’s campaign against the ‘exotic’ meats trade that ended the sale of kangaroo, ostrich and crocodile in UK supermarkets. Juliet is an inspirational, fun and informative speaker. She has a degree in zoology and psychology; a diploma in direct marketing and is half way through a three year nutrition course.http://www.viva.org.uk/aboutus/juliet.html
1.10-1.50pm Professor Jane Plant CBE – Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer – How to Understand, Prevent and Beat Them. And Why No Dairy is Best
Prostate cancer, scientifically similar in many ways to breast cancer, is the second most common cancer among men. And it's becoming ever more prevalent. Breast cancer is the biggest cancer killer in women – affecting one in nine. Jane advocates, from personal experience, a way of life and non-dairy diet that helped her beat her breast cancer. With regards to prostate cancer, she brings her knowledge to bear, including information on the science behind the disease and the reasons why her programme works, as well as case studies of men following it. She also covers:
- Prostate and breast cancer treatments
- Updated information on hormone disrupting chemicals and their sources
- A fuller account and explanation of the biochemically active substances present in the 'milk cocktail'
- A clear explanation of the mechanism whereby high levels of growth factors cause the proliferation of cancer cells
- Examination of the latest research concerning the link between cancer and diet, including new and updated evidence on foods protective against cancer
- New additions to diet and lifestyle suggestions focusing on prevention
- Why vested-interest groups are hampering real progress in fighting cancer
A talk not to be missed!
Professor Jane Plant CBE is one of the world's leading geochemists, and chief scientist of the British Geological Survey (BGS) from 2000 to 2005, as well as Professor of Geochemistry at Imperial College, London.
Jane has beaten cancer five times using her diet. She has now been clear of cancer for 13 years. She authored a groundbreaking book,Your Life in Your Hands, about preventing and treating breast cancer which caused an extraordinary reaction in the press, with widespread coverage across all media. Her message that breast cancer can be treated, and even prevented, effectively by simple changes in our diet was met with huge acclaim from hundreds of thousands of breast cancer sufferers around the world. As well asProstate Cancer, The Plant Programme, and Osteoporosis, she has also written Eat Your Way to Better Health –written with Gill Tidey and packed with delicious, healthy recipes. Jane has also had many papers published in scientific journals in her fields of geology and geochemistry. Visit www.janeplant.com
2-2.50pm Dr Michael Greger – Surviving the Next Pandemic: Bird Flu and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases
Leading public health authorities now predict as inevitable a pandemic of influenza, triggered by bird flu and expected to lead to millions of deaths around the globe. The influenza virus has existed for millions of years as an innocuous intestinal virus of wild ducks. What turned a harmless waterborne duck virus into a killer? In an engaging multimedia presentation, Dr Michael Greger traces the human role in the evolution of this virus. In the face of the coming pandemic, Dr Greger reveals what we can do to protect our families and what society can do to reduce the likelihood of such potential catastrophes in the future. Visit www.birdflubook.com.
Biog (see above 11.30am talk)
3-3.45pm Michael Mansfield QC – Human and Animal Rights – Why They are Inextricably Bound Together
Meat production is about profit margins and creating a society in which life really doesn’t matter so long as there is a successful market place. Animals ride a conveyor belt of death on which they are electrocuted, executed and gutted while alive. This is massacre, this is genocide. It’s interesting that the corporations who abuse animals are often the same ones who exploit people. People who violate one set of rights tend to do them on all fronts – they violate the environment, people, animals and now they want control over life itself. All these issues have to be seen together and if you fail to do that, you play into their hands because their aim is to divide and rule. Both literally and metaphorically, what you empty into a river at one point ends up somewhere else. It’s about the interrelationship of all things and you can’t simply cherry pick the bits which you think are more important. A fascinating must-see talk.
Michael Mansfield QC has been a patron of Viva! since our humble beginnings – and in fact was a speaker at the launch of Viva! itself. He has been a vegetarian for 25 years and is the best and best-known criminal defence lawyer in the UK.
He represents defendants in some of the most controversial cases the country has ever seen – particularly where civil liberties have arisen. He has worked on the "Ricin" Trial, and "Shaken Baby" Appeals and is acting for the family of Charles de Menezes, shot by the Metropolitan Police in 2005; he has also acted for the family of Stephen Lawrence and the families of the victims of Bloody Sunday. He helped secure the release of the Birmingham Six and Judith Ward, wrongly accused of being IRA bombers.
It’s sometimes difficult to equate the jazz drummer, inventive cook, generous wine pourer and abandoned disco dancer with the terrifying monster he can be in court. On one occasion, one of his clerks entered a lift at the Old Bailey to find an ashen-faced policeman slumped against the side. The clerk asked the man if he was okay and got the answer: “Don’t worry about me, I’ve just be Mansfielded.”
4-4.50pm Amanda Woodvine – the V-Plan Diet. Where V means veggie, vitality, and VICTORY! Find out how vegan diets spark weight loss whilst keeping hunger at bay
Sick of diets which promise the earth – but which only slim your wallet in the long run? Tired of counting calories, cutting carbs or perturbed about portion sizes? Want to know which foods to fuel up on to cut your risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes and certain cancers? Keen to shed pounds, lower your blood pressure and the damaging cholesterol in your body? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is just the talk for you! Amanda Woodvine, VVF nutritionist and author of the V-Plan Diet, explains all in this fascinating talk.
Amanda Woodvine holds a BSc in nutrition from King’s College, London and is nutritionist/health campaigner for the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation. Amanda is currently working on a campaign to help tackle the expanding obesity epidemic. She authored the VVF’sGlobesity report – a scientific call for action which explains why meat and dairy are at the heart of this health crisis – and the V-Plan Diet, an inspirational 40-page guide containing mouthwatering recipes and simple solutions. These resources have been accompanying Amanda on a nationwide tour, offering cookery demonstrations, talks, free food tastings and free nutritional advice. Amanda also contributes to Veggiehealth magazines, pens other VVF resources and answers nutritional queries from the public and companies.
[TALKS – Rooms 21-23]
11-11.40am Amanda Woodvine – Life Begins at 40? The Foods to Eat to Ease You Through the Menopause
Hot flushes, weight gain, food cravings, mood swings, headaches and loss of sex drive are seen as an almost inevitable accompaniment to the menopause in the West. Find out how you can alleviate these and other symptoms… without HRT. Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation nutritionist, Amanda Woodvine, explains which foods to fuel up on and which to ditch to ease your way through the menopause.
Biog (see above)
1-1.45pm Jason Vale – The Juice Master and best-selling author on juicing, health and addiction – Juiced!… Prepare to be Inspired (a talk and juicing session!)
Jason Vale – JUICED – Prepare to be Inspired is about giving people the tools to get both physically and mentally Juiced! Jason’s frank, tell-it-how-it-is approach will certainly entertain you, but more importantly it will inspire and motivate you to start creating your ‘grand design’ on the health front. Jason’s aim is to help people create a body and mind where people can really LIVE and not simply just survive. This session is a juice-fuelled wake up on health!
Jason is one of the leading motivational and lifestyle speakers in the UK and has helped thousands of people make a phenomenal difference to their health. He is also a best-selling author of six books and producer of four DVDs on juicing, health and addiction. Jason has been described as the UK’s ‘Jamie Oliver of the health and juicing world’ and his books have now sold over a ¼ million copies in theUK alone and are finding their way into countries all over the world. He is the only well known ‘juicing guru’ in the UK and is now the worldwide face of Philips juicers. Jason went through radical personal change on the health front and now his mission is to help others and “juice the world”.
2-2.50pm Rebecca Edwards – Gut Wrenching!
A fascinating talk on how bowel cancer, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, constipation, leaky gut, autoimmune diseases and food intolerances are linked to meat and dairy consumption. A vegan diet has been proved to lower the risk for gastrointestinal cancers, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and digestive disorders. Rebecca will outline the physiological differences between carnivores and herbivores and where the human digestive tract fits in. She’ll also show you how to eat your way to better health.
Rebecca trained at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies, qualifying as a Naturopath, with training in nutrition, homoeopathy and herbal medicine. Before she became a Naturopath she did a degree in English and History and worked as a freelance writer. On graduating Rebecca spent three months in India, studying and working at Shree Mumbadevi Homoeopathic Hospital in Mumbai. She then worked in a clinic in California, shadowing Dr Suzann Wang, a Naturopathic Doctor. Upon her return to Perth (Western Australia) Rebecca started her own consulting business as a Naturopath. Rebecca has also worked in a health food shop, and alongside a pharmacist in a large pharmacy.
Rebecca moved to the UK last year, and is currently consulting in Sevenoaks, Kent as well as lecturing in medicine and nutrition for theCollege of Naturopathic Medicine in London, Brighton, and Bristol and she regularly supervises student clinical training.
3-3.45pm Dr Justine Butler – Soya Saga: the Health Benefits and Supposed Risks of Soya. The Science Analysed and Explained!
In recent years, the health benefits and supposed risks of soya-based products have received much attention. We are told soya can reduce heart disease, and that it is a valuable source of good protein and other important nutrients. On the other hand, we are warned it can feminise boys and disrupt reproductive ability in adults. Dr Justine Butler examines the scientific evidence and sets the record straight.
Biog (see above)
4-4.40pm Tony Wardle – The Planet and Its People
The big lie, of course, is that animal products are ethical, natural and vital for good health and the myths are propped up powerful vested interests. Government – our new, third-way government – has shown a willingness to roll over before the meat industry’s lobbying onslaught with the same alacrity as the last lot. A fascinating insight about why our political and corporate leaders are destroying the world in the name of profit and why our diet is so critical to the solution. Visit http://www.tonywardle.co.uk/articles/global.php
Biog (see above)
[TALKS – Rooms 21-23]
10.45-11.15am Ursula Bates, Viva! local contact
If you’re already vegetarian or vegan and want to do more to help animals come along to this talk and workshop. Viva! has achieved its many successes through working with its supporters and local groups. No matter how much or little time you have, there are many ways you can help Viva! save animals. By being veggie you save 11,000 animals in a lifetime – imagine how many more you’ll save by becoming more involved in our work!
Ursula Bates has supported Viva! since we launched in 1994 and is our contact for the Midlands. She has done everything from throwing water on a BBQ of so-called exotic meats; to photocalls as a kangaroo outside supermarkets; to campaigning to stop calves being flown from Coventry airport for veal; to talking on TV for us about religious slaughter and our pig campaign; to giving countless numbers of school talks. Ursula is an inspiration and will inspire you!
11.30-12.20pm Justin Kerswell – Going Veggie – the Way to Health, Happiness and Better Sex!
A talk about how going veggie or vegan will improve your health, make you happier by saving animals and give a great big boost to your love life! Also practical tips on how to make the change. Also features Not In My Name – a celebrity film on going veggie.
Justin is Viva!’s Campaigns Manager and works on our major campaigns – pigs and ducks – as well as juggling others such as foie gras and ‘exotic’ meats. His major victory (so far!) was leading the campaign that persuaded M&S to end the sale of factory farmed whole ducks. “It saved countless birds from the hell I witnessed at the farm I visited and exposed but there is still much more to achieve. With Viva! it’s onwards and upwards – and that’s why I love it.” Justin also helps Angie publicise the Incredible Veggie Roadshows and Show. “I have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure I’m not dreaming, as I can’t believe how lucky I am to be working for animals.”
2-2.40pm Juliet Gellatley – Healthy Veggie Diets for Children (and Adults!). What is a healthy diet?
Fed up of being told that veggie diets are fine for you but not children? Want to know exactly what is a healthy diet – for young and old? This talk explains what we should all eat for optimum health and addresses issues of particular concern for the young. Wheredo vegan kids get calcium? What about protein and iron? And shows why a plant based wholegrain diet is the healthiest there is!
Biog (see above)
3-3.40pm Justin Kerswell – Viva! – Victory for the animals! An inspiring look at Viva!’s successes and what the future holds
An entertaining look at Viva!’s campaigns and successes in its 12 year history. We are determined to end cruelty to animals and to work for a saner, sustainable future. Through our solid research, undercover exposes, campaigns, events and professional media skills, we are bringing the reality of modern farming into people’s homes. We have enlightened millions, shocked most and changed the diets of many. Find out more about the organisation you support!
Biog (see above)
4-4.40pm Terry Woods, Viva! local contact, How to go Veggie: practical tips on going veggie or vegan in a carnivorous world!
Want to change but don’t know where to begin? Start here! An informative talk packed with practical tips on how to cut out animal products and embrace a healthier, kinder lifestyle. A free shopping guide will be given out in this talk.
Terry Woods is a local contact for Viva! and has been giving school talks and cookery demonstrations for Viva! for 13 years. He is now an integral part of our School Speakers’ Training Days. Terry was the local organiser of one of our first children’s rallies against live exports, has rescued numerous animals and filmed undercover for our campaign videos. Terry has run local groups, is an inspiring cook and helped countless numbers of people become vegetarian or vegan.