Feeding Humanity:

The Key Role of Nutrition in the Mental Health Crisis


The video recording of this event - together with downloadable handouts - is available


A FAB Research Live Webinar and Q&A session
- with Professor Michael A Crawford PhD, FRSB, FRCPath

Professor Crawford has been warning about the risk of a global mental health crisis fuelled by poor nutrition - for over fifty years. His predictions - based on sound scientific evidence - have proved all too accurate.  

"It's been rammed down our throats that protein is important, but post World War II, research in nutrition has basically come from the animal industry and various agricultural interests.

Protein is not the issue. The issue is the brain - which requires our diets to provide the right balance of essential fats. Because the priority for Homo sapiens is brain growth, not body growth."

But how do we restore brain growth effectively and sustainably - and quickly?

Hear his compelling arguments on why the current worldwide decline in brain health was entirely predictable - and crucially, what we must do to reverse it.

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Professor Michael Crawford is a pioneer in human nutrition research and a world-leading authority in the field of fatty acids and lipids in particular, their role in human brain development and evolution, and the implications of maternal nutrition for mental health across the lifespan.

He has been Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition since 1990; holds a Visiting Chair in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, London; and has received numerous prestigious international awards for his work over many decades.

Find out what the latest evidence shows about:

  • The role of the food environment in¬†human brain evolution - and¬†why¬†typical modern-day diets promote¬†mental ill-health, and declining intelligence.¬†
  • How early life nutrition shapes brain development and function for life - and the essential¬†nutrients that many mothers-to-be are lacking¬†
  • The causal links between poor nutrition and difficulties¬†with¬†mood, behaviour and learning - including developmental and mental health conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression and dementia
  • Why the solution lies in sustainable 'farming' of the oceans, to¬†produce more food from marine sources, naturally rich in the key brain nutrients that enabled the evolution of the human brain in the first place.¬†¬†

And get your own Questions answered in an extended Q&A session with Professor Crawford, chaired by Dr Alex Richardson

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FAB Research’s mission is to reach as many people as possible with evidence-based information on the importance of food, diet and nutrition for mental, as well as physical health and resilience.


Feeding Humanity:

The Key Role of Nutrition in the Mental Health Crisis


Our brains are literally getting smaller!

For more than fifty years Professor Michael Crawford has been warning the world of the forthcoming mental health crisis. This is now unfolding on a global scale - and the problems it is causing will only escalate unless the fundamental role of nutrition in brain and body health is recognised, and addressed.

In this webinar, Professor Crawford will explain some incontrovertible facts about the basic biochemistry of life on earth, linking these to the conditions that allowed human brains to evolve in the first place.

He will also explain why the dramatic recent changes to our diets have now led to human brain health declining - with potentially disastrous consequences for not just our wellbeing, but our very survival. 

Fortunately, solutions are available which will lead to brighter and healthier children and adults, and a sustainable future for humanity. But urgent action is now needed, before it is too late.

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The Shrinking Brain and the Global Mental Health Crisis

Michael Crawford is co-author - along with David E Marsh - of the newly published book:
The Shrinking Brain and the Global Mental Health Crisis - Two problems, One Solution.

These two leading scientists, with established expertise in both nutrition and human brain evolution, explain:

- Why poor nutrition is at the root of the global mental health crisis 

- Why restoring adequate intakes of the critical brain nutrients provided by fish and seafood to human diets is the only viable way to reverse the current decline in brain health worldwide.

This can be achieved via sustainable 'farming' of the oceans - as evidence from around the world has already shown - which would also yield additional economic, social and environmental benefits.  

Find out more about this remarkable book here.

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- Early Years Officer, Local Authority

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- GP and Medical Advisor

Who is this webinar for?

Anyone interested in improving mental health, wellbeing and performance - for personal or professional reasons


This webinar is designed to help anyone - whatever their specific background, education or training - to understand why nutrition and diet are fundamental to brain and body health, and how this information can be applied in practice by individuals, professionals and policymakers.

A recording of this live event will be available afterwards - along with access to slide handouts and other supplemental materials aimed at providing a better understanding of this global crisis and the solutions that we can all play a part in implementing, before it's too late.

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What is FAB Research?

Food and Behaviour Research (FAB Research), established in 2003 by Dr Alex Richardson DPhil (Oxon), PGCE, FRSA, is a charitable organisation dedicated both to advancing scientific research into the links between nutrition and human behaviour and to making the findings from such research available to the widest possible audience. 

Our mission: We are committed to improving current knowledge and awareness of the effects of nutrition and diet on human behaviour, learning and mood. We aspire to be a leader of scientific research into how nutrition affects the human brain and mind, and an intellectual and strategic force for improving public education and professional practice in this domain.

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