Environmental Impact of Food

James Skeet

E82: Rediscovering Navajo Indigenous Agricultural Wisdom

July 2020

There's a great deal to learn from the deep connections between regenerative agriculture and the farming traditions of First Nations people. My guest today is James Skeet, a member of the Navajo Nation and the founder of Spirit Farm in New Mexico, a demonstration farm that draws both Native Americans and others to learn more about issues like composting and regenerative farming techniques. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E82: Rediscovering Navajo Indigenous Agricultural Wisdom »


Michael Kotutwa Johnson

E83: Hopi Farming - Agriculture, Culture, and Environment in Balance

July 2020

Today, we're digging in to the little known origins of regenerative agriculture, a conservation approach to farming and raising animals that focuses on soil health, biodiversity, improving the water cycle, and resilience to climate change. My guest today is Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a 450th generation Hopi farmer in the dry lands of Arizona and a research associate with the Native American Agriculture Fund. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E83: Hopi Farming - Agriculture, Culture, and Environment in Balance »


Allan Savory on the Necessity of Regenerative Agriculture

E55: Allan Savory on Regenerative Agriculture

October 2019

Regenerative agriculture is a highly visible, interesting and promising approach to raising animals. The person credited for conceiving this approach, testing it and helping it spread around the world is our guest today, Allan Savory. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E55: Allan Savory on Regenerative Agriculture »


Diego Rose

E38: Diego Rose on Environmental Sustainability and our Food

June 2019

When you make decisions about what to eat, what factors in? Most people think about taste, what food costs, what is available and in some cases the health consequences. But what about the environmental impact of food choices? Our guest Dr Diego Rose has done fascinating work on just this topic. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E38: Diego Rose on Environmental Sustainability and our Food »


Rick Larrick

E39: Rick Larrick on the Hidden Energy Cost of our Food

June 2019

We've recorded a number of podcasts discussing the environmental impact of food production, and the food choices made by individuals. But how aware of all this are consumers? How do they make sense of such information? This is but part of the work that occupies our guest Richard Larrick. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E39: Rick Larrick on the Hidden Energy Cost of our Food »


Special Podcast: Climate Change: Adding Up the Bill

Special Podcast: Climate Change: Adding Up the Bill

April 2019

Who will take the hardest hit financially as the world heats up, and can anything be done about it? Listen to this Ways & Means podcast and find out. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about Special Podcast: Climate Change: Adding Up the Bill »


Nancy Ranney

E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico

April 2019

If you're like me, you've read or heard of reports and news accounts talking about the negative consequences of producing beef, with greenhouse gas emissions, heavy water use and the welfare of the animals leading the list of concerns. But just when it seems like producing and consuming less beef might be a health and environmental bonanza, along comes an alternative way of doing things. One that uses a fundamentally different approach to things. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico »


Nurya Love Parish

E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands

February 2019

Did you know that most church land holdings are not located in high-priced cities? Instead, they're in countless rural locations from Maine to California, with land deeded over in wills by former parishioners or purchased over the years by church leaders. Today's guest on The Leading Voices in Food series is Nurya Love Parish, who is animated by the idea that from a religious perspective, land is part of creation and needs to be managed with wisdom. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands »


Christopher Carter

E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically

February 2019

How should society balance people's needs and wants for meat and eggs against the needs and wants of farmers and farm animals? What do theologians and ethicists have to say about factory farming, animals and marginalized communities. It's a complicated subject that triggers strong feelings about moral economics, racial equity, nutrition, and environmental sustainability will explore these issues today on The Leading Voices in Food podcast with our guest, Methodist pastor Christopher Carter, who's also an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically »


Shenggen Fan

E6: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation

February 2019

What happens when a child is malnourished? Can such a child ever “catch up” later in life? Why does urbanization and obesity seem to go hand in hand—and what does this mean for food production? We’ll explore big picture food system questions today on the Leading Voices in Food with our guest Dr. Shenggen Fan. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E6: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation »


Mark Bittman

E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology

February 2019

Many people in the modern world have become distant from their food. They may not know where it's grown, who grows it, who produces it, or who harvests it, what impact its production has on the environment, how it is processed, how to prepare it, and more. A champion of shrinking this distance and of understanding how all these pieces fit together is an activist, and an advocate, and a journalist. A person whose career has been devoted to making it easier for people to eat healthy food, and good food, Mark Bittman. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology »


Bill Dietz

E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change

February 2019

It would seem at first glance that undernutrition and obesity are opposite sides of the same coin and not very related to one another and that neither of these issues would be related at all to climate change. Well, this turns out to not be true at all according to an authoritative new report for our listeners. The title of the report is The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change, The Lancet Commission Report. One of the architects of that report is Dr. William Dietz. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change »