Full story...An 11-year-old Christchurch vegan wants to challenge a visiting professor, who says meat is an essential part of a healthy diet, to a triathlon.
Ella Soryl said she was powered by mandarins and avocados.
The Year 7 Shirley Intermediate School pupil, who has been a vegan all her life, was angered by Professor Robert Pickard's comments this week.
Pickard is the director-general of the British Nutrition Foundation and has been brought to New Zealand by the council for foods of animal origin, an industry body representing producers of milk, eggs, fish and red-meat products.
He has toured the country with a message that vegetarian, vegan and low-meat diets are unnatural and that the human body has a genetic propensity for animal-derived products.