Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Looking for a way to do something simple, yet substantive, to care for the planet? Save some electricity today. The majority of our electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels (mostly coal and natural gas), which emit a number of air pollutants and carbon. By using less electricity today, you can both help keep our air clean and conserve natural resources for future generations. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find that saving electricity is so easy, you can do it every day!

For an entertaining look at some of the important ways electricity is used in our world, check out this video of how high school students see the issue.

Dean of World’s 1st Food Business School Talks Food Innovation & Sustainability

William B. RosenzweigI recently had the good fortune to talk with Will Rosenzweig about the need for food innovation in this country. He is the Dean of the world’s first Food Business School (FBS), just launched by the Culinary Institute of America. FBS is a center for executive a graduate education whose mission is to enable and empower entrepreneurial leaders to design, deliver, and lead transformative innovations that address the world’s most pressing food challenges—and its greatest business opportunities.

 

We discussed social and environmental concerns, such as:

  • Obesity, diabetes, and healthcare costs
  • The sourcing and production of our food
  • The challenge of feeding an additional two billion people by 2050, as global resources decline

You can listen to the entire podcast here.

 

Why is this teenager standing in trash?

Why is this teenage girl standing in a huge pile of stinking trash? She’s making a movie about renewable energy – check it out! http://youtu.be/iBTSq2eWWFc

EAT. DRINK. VOTE. Food Politics in America

In honor of World Food Day, I’m excited to share this interview with Marion Nestle, one of the nation’s most prominent voices on the political forces that drive our food choices, who has authored a new book, Eat Drink Vote – An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics. She teamed up with The Cartoonist Group (more than 50 leading cartoonist, including 9 Pultizer Prize winners) to illustrate and explain the most pressing issues of our food system today. In the book, she discusses Big Ag, GMO’s, food safety, labeling, obesity, school lunches, wasted food, and much more. Tune in here as we discuss the role that government – and politics – plays in determining what ends up on your plate.

Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health

With all the news about the spread of Ebola, it is worth taking a critical look at our public health system and whether or not it is equipped to handle the expected rise in infectious diseases associated with climate change. I recently had the chance to interview Linda Marsa regarding this issue on Go Green Radio. Linda Marsa is an investigative journalist and contributing editor at Discover who has covered medicine, health and science for more than two decades. A former Los Angeles Times reporter and author, she has just released her new book, Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health, and How We Can Save Ourselves. The book includes interviews with the world’s leading climate scientists and healthcare experts. Tune in here as we discuss the human health implications of climate change, and what we can do to create a more resilient public health system in advance of the crisis.