We are witnessing an accelerated shift in how people view food


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IN OUR information-saturated digital age, where we can pick choose our own narrative about how the world works, I have often wondered if this has an impact on the rate of cultural change. As an ethnobotanist trained to study our cultural attitude towards plants their uses, I have been witnessing with total fascination what seems to be a rapid shift in how plants are viewed in received nutritional wisdom. I wonder if this may be a sign of things to come.

I first noticed the trend about 15 years ago with the emergence of the “paleo” diet …



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