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The Generation Why Podcast Blog — Mario Pianesi

Italian Macrobiotic Cult Under Investigation

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Authorities have recently broken up what is referred to in the media as a “macrobiotic” cult in Italy. The group is named “Ma-pi”, after their leader, Mario Pianesi, a man in his early seventies. The beliefs of the cult were centered on a macrobiotic diet, a diet that consists of consuming locally sourced, organic, sustainable produce commonly in the form of brown rice, fruit, vegetables, seeds, soy products, buckwheat based noodles and pasta, beans, whole grains and nuts. The diet has roots in Zen Buddhism (Mahāyāna school) and those who follow a macrobiotic diet believe that it has miracle health benefits...

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