The most extensive study of the relationship between diet and health, The China Study,
was published in 2006 by researcher Dr. Colin Campbell and guidance was subsequently
offered in the book ‘The China Study Cookbook’ in 2013 by Leanne Campbell, presenting
a range of recipes following the study’s conclusion that a Whole Food Plant Based
Diet was the most suitable to ensure optimum health. Another independent researcher
Dr Michael Greger who has a team of researchers scrutinising all publicised and ongoing
research into the relationship between diet and health and revealed daily on his
website ‘Nutrition Facts’ is following the same reasoning i.e. the value of a Whole
Food Plant Based Diet for optimum health. His provocative titled book ‘How Not To
Die’ is a mine of information and takes in fifteen major diseases, with a supporting
update each year as he reviews the recent research on his website.
In what has been described as ‘The Garden Approach’ by Leanne Campbell, she shows
how the Forest Garden is ideally suited to delivering this optimum programme of health
from nutrition. Listed below are the suggestions in both of these studies –
THE GARDEN APPROACH - Leanne Campbell THE DAILY DOZEN – Dr Michael
his Book – How Not to Die
It’s possible to take the reasoning further by pursuing the message in Masanobu’s
last book ‘Sowing Seeds
In The Desert – Natural farming, Global restoration, and Ultimate Food Security’
.In a review of Mr. Fukuoka’s work ‘One-Straw Revolutionary’ there is the following
‘There are evergreen and deciduous trees of all sizes growing together with shrubs,
berries vegetables, and ground cover plants. There are also kiwis, grapes and other
vines growing up into the trees--- the three
dimensional use of space is entirely different from a commercial orchard’.
Below are two examples of this practice taken from the Towans Forest Garden.
Sunberry climbing Autumn Olive
Economising on space. Wild vegetables,
Shrubs: wild cabbage, choke berry,
Nanking Cherry. Trees: Sunset Apple,
Himalayan Tree Buckthorn, Bramley and
Kentish Cob Nuts.
JUST CHANGING OUR DIET WOULD IMPROVE OUR HEALTH, OUR PLANET AND OUR FUTURE