Bernard Blum lectures about Food and Health
|Lecturer||Bernard Henry Blum was born in London and received his education at two universities in England, Leeds and Leicester universities. His majors were in Hospitality and Culinary Arts for his Bachelor Degree and Human Resource Management and Training for his Master’s degree. After graduating from university Bernard moved to live in Israel.
Bernard has had extensive Hotel Management experience in both city and resort deluxe hotels in Israel as Director of Food and Beverage in several prestigious hotels such as The King David Hotel, Jerusalem. Afterwards he pursued a career in higher education and was for 18 years Head of The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at The Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, Israel.
|Throughout his time at Hadassah Academic College, Bernard was invited as a guest lecturer in many universities in Europe, the Caribbean and Israel. In addition, he provided consultancy work for various institutions in Israel and was guest lecturer in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Since February 2013, Bernard has been a Professor at Xiamen university in China at the school of Management and the Department of Tourism where he taught several courses in Tourism, Food, Management and Nutrition. His interests and research areas are varied and include issues of HRM for the Hospitality Industry and the fascinating world of Food. He has had extensive experience teaching students from very diversified cultures and backgrounds.
In August 2021 Bernard decided to return to Israel after 8.5 years in China.
Bernard's interests are in classical music, hiking, traveling, cooking, food, socializing and partaking in debates.
|Auditory work||6 ak/ tundi|
|Target group||Everybody interested in healthy lifestyle and nutrition.|
|Purpose||The lecturer aims to highlight the detrimental influence of a Western diet on health and raise awareness of the advantages of a plant based wholesome diet as a prevention of lifestyle diseases.|
|Volume in ECTS||0,25|
13th -14th Oct 2021
|Group volume||max 10|
|Form of assessment||No assessment|
|Topic||Today, we know more about food and health than at any point in history, we know for example which foods & drinks are essentially healthy for us, which categories will most likely cause lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes & high blood pressure; and yet despite this wealth of knowledge we are sicker today than at any period in human history. Lifestyle diseases, or non-communicable diseases are ubiquitous resulting in catastrophic consequences.
Most people are concerned about their health, the welfare of the environment, the correct treatment of animals and economics. Yet, few of us really understand the significant negative link that exists between these four issues and our food intake, particularly an animal protein-based diet especially from factory farming, both meat & dairy - A diet which is mainly associated with affluent Western countries & habits.
Factory farming & processed foods are literally killing not only billions of land and sea animals annually but also contributing towards significant preventable chronic & lifestyle human diseases resulting in premature fatalities & unhealthy lives. We are killing ourselves with the food we eat and irreversibly destroying the planet causing human and animal suffering.
We are highly influenced by an aggressive marketing industry which targets vulnerable segments such as children, we over consume and waste at least 40% of global food production. Over one billion people are hungry, more than 1.5 billion people are obese and today in 2021 we have enough food to feed the entire world population. There is no justification for anyone to be hungry today.
It is not sustainable to continue in this manner. The only industries which profit from this way of eating are the food producers, the medical profession, and pharmaceutical companies. Trillions of sea and land animals slaughtered yearly to feed just 8 billion humans is tantamount to extreme cruelty and selfishness.
There is a very simple remedy to this enormous complex challenge - to eat a plant based wholesome diet. A plant-based diet makes sense, it prevents most lifestyle diseases of which many of these illnesses are reversible if one eats a healthy diet. In addition, the environment, animal welfare and the economy all benefit.
In the lectures we are going to discuss the advantages of such a diet and highlights the detrimental influence of a Western diet.
|Course schedule||13th Oct 13.00 – 17.00
14th Oct 9.00 – 13.00
|Requirements for completion||Participation 100%|
|Type of certificate||Certificate of attendance of University of Tartu|
|Price||120 € (incl. VAT)|