Climavores

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Climavores is a show about eating on a changing planet. Each week, journalists Tamar Haspel and Mike Grunwald explore the complicated, confusing, and surprising relationship between food and the environment.

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The intersection of climate change and animal welfare
2787
Prioritizing efficiency in the U.S. chicken industry has made chicken cheap. And that’s led, in part, to Americans eating way more chicken and significantly less beef than they did a half-century ago. From a climate change perspective, it’s a major win. From an animal welfare perspective… not so much.   In this episode, Mike and Tamar look at animal welfare in the beef, pork and chicken industries through a climate lens. They ask whether raising animals more humanely means accepting higher greenhouse gas emissions, or whether there’s a middle ground. And Mike responds to a reader’s critique of his recent Canary Media article “What’s the most climate-friendly way to eat? It’s tricky.” Plus, are organically raised animals treated better than industrially raised?  And Mike asks the question: What do we owe the animals we eat?  Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media.  Resources: College of Agriculture and Environmental Science: Examining the effects of hen housing Science Direct: Evaluating environmental impacts of contrasting pig farming systems with life cycle assessment NYTimes: Hens, Unbound
Aug 16, 2022
Got plant-based milk?
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Plant-based milks make up 16% of U.S. milk sales. From soy, oat and almond milk to hemp, macadamia and quinoa milk, more and more consumers are pivoting away from animal milk.  And that’s a good thing for the planet.  Turns out, animal milk requires massive amounts of land (12 times more land per gallon than oat milk and 18 times more than almond milk). And all those dairy cows emit massive amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, too. But some argue that growing water intensive crops like almonds for almond milk does just as much to harm the planet. In this episode, Tamar and Mike take on the dairy vs. plant-based milk debate and answer the question: “Which plant-based milk is best for the climate?” Tamar also looks at the nutritional value of plant-based milks vs dairy milk. And Mike convinces Tamar to do a taste test to see which non-dairy alternative might find a permanent place in her refrigerator (spoiler alert: it’s not almond milk).  Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media.  Resources: Dairy vs. plant-based milk: what are the environmental impacts? Lay Off the Almond Milk, You Ignorant Hipsters Differences in Environmental Impact between Plant-Based Alternatives to Dairy and Dairy Products: A Systematic Literature Review 2019 Fluid Milk Sales and Per Capita Consumption 2021 State of the Industry Report: Plant-based meat, seafood, eggs and dairy
Aug 09, 2022
Today's food crisis is a postcard from our warming future
2757
The current conflict in Ukraine combined with a massive drought in the horn of Africa are wreaking havoc on global food markets. Food supplies are shrinking; food prices are spiking, and the World Food Programme is warning of a “hunger hurricane” that could put a record 345 million people at acute risk of starvation. In this episode, Tamar and Mike talk about how in a warming world, we’re going to see more of these breadbasket collapses. They also ask whether people’s eating habits might change for the better as a result. And they lay out a four-point strategy for growing more food without deforesting the planet.   Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media. 
Aug 02, 2022
Hot Farm: Enlisting unconvinced farmers
2064
We’re currently working on some fresh content based on listener questions. We’ll have new episodes next week! This week, we're running an episode from a podcast called Hot Farm. It's from our friends at the Food & Environment Reporting Network. The podcast is about what farmers are doing – or could be doing – to take on the climate emergency.  In this episode, you’ll hear from farmers who are skeptical about climate change. But you’ll also hear about how they are joining the fight against global warming once the issue is reframed. Hint: it’s about the soil. Find Hot Farm on Apple, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Jul 28, 2022
Are vertical farms a real solution?
1997
Farmland covers almost 40% of the earth's land surface. When we think about all that farmland, most of us imagine endless fields of grain or corn. But vertical farms flip that idea on its head, literally. Instead of growing out, vertical farms stack plants in multiple layers indoors where they grow impressive yields under the steady glow of LED lighting.  Vertical farms are an attempt to sidestep many of the problems associated with traditional farming – bad weather, pesticides, fertilizer runoff, hard labor, food miles, and agriculture’s gigantic land use footprint. On the surface, they seem like a farming win. But there’s a problem – and it’s a deal-breaker. In this episode, Tamar and Mike explore the ins and outs of vertical farming, and dig in on that deal-breaker (hint: it’s all about energy). They also take a look at what vertical farms get right, and what outdoor farming can learn from them.  Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media.
Jul 19, 2022
The rise and fall of plant-based meat
2605
Demand for plant-based meat products surged in 2019 as companies developed better-tasting products, negotiated better shelf positioning, and tapped into shifting consumer preferences. But demand flatlined in 2021, raising questions about whether plant-based products can put a dent in meat consumption. Environmentalists have criticized companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods for lack of transparency on land and water use. And nutrition experts dislike how processed they are. But the reality is clear: these products are much, much better for the climate than beef. In this episode, Tamar and Mike look at whether people are going to ditch beef patties for a slab of soy or pea protein. What are all the cultural obstacles? Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media. Post Script Media is backed by Prelude Ventures.
Jul 12, 2022
It’s not the 'how,' it’s the cow
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Few foods are as tied up in American identity as beef. Think rugged cowboys driving cattle across the open range, or all the good feelings that come with summer grilling season. We love our beef.  But meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gasses from food production. And beef production alone makes up a quarter of that. The pro-beef camp often argues that it’s not the cow that’s the problem for the climate. It’s how the cow is raised. But as Mike and Tamar explain, a lot of it is the cow.  In this episode, Mike and Tamar dig into how the U.S. fell so deeply in love with beef in the first place, and what the main problems are with conventional beef production in the U.S. They also look at efforts to green the beef industry and whether they’re having an impact. From grass-fed beef to local meat CSAs, they try to answer the question: are there climate-friendlier ways to eat beef? Resources: Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gasses from food production, study finds Is grass-fed beef really better for the planet Grassland management impacts on soil carbon stocks: a new synthesis Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media.
Jun 28, 2022
Bursting the ‘eat local’ bubble
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The eat local movement is huge. Bumper stickers in liberal towns across the U.S. tell us to “Eat local” or ask “Who’s your farmer?” But eating local food may be wildly overrated when it comes to climate change.  When we look at how foods are produced, transportation accounts for less than 10% of carbon emissions. So should we abandon farmers’ markets for big grocery store chains?  In this episode, Mike and Tamar break down the real carbon footprint of local food and ask whether the value of supporting local, small-scale farmers outweighs the climate benefit of not buying local (spoiler alert: Tamar says yes. Mike says no). They also dive into the history of the local food movement and explore why it’s gained such traction.  Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media. 
Jun 21, 2022
Why eating for climate is so complicated
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Searing heat waves, massive forest fires, rising sea levels – the effects of climate change are all around us. But the role our food system plays in fueling the problem? That’s less clear to most of us.  We know our food doesn't magically appear on grocery store shelves. Somebody's growing it. But that process of feeding the planet generates a third of all greenhouse gasses. And agriculture alone emits a quarter of all greenhouse gasses. Pesticides, fertilizers, burping and farting cows, cutting down trees to plant crops – it all wreaks havoc on our climate. But we all have to eat...so, what’s the solution?  In this premiere episode, co-hosts Tamar Haspel (To Boldly Grow, The Washington Post), and Michael Grunwald (The Swamp, Canary Media) talk about what led them to start thinking about food in the context of climate change and what it means to be a “climavore.” They also tackle the question, “What should people eat to be responsible humans on a warming planet?” Turns out, it’s complicated.  We want your question for future episodes! Leave a message for Mike and Tamar on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question in a future episode.  Climavores is a production of Post Script Media. 
Jun 21, 2022
Confused about how to eat for the planet? Give us a call.
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Every day, we make a zillion decisions about food. We’re bombarded with marketing and media -- and nobody seems to agree about what to eat, where to get it, and how to prepare it. Climate change is making all of this even harder. We all know food is a big deal for the planet. But it’s not always obvious what we should eat if we want to make things better. Tamar Haspel and Mike Grunwald are here to help. Tamar and Mike aren't going to make you feel bad about your lunch. Instead, they're cutting through hype and ideology to explore the complicated, confusing, and surprising relationship between food and the environment. And they're answering your questions! Ask them anything about organic food, local food, meat, fake meat – anything you can throw at them. We’re at 508-377-3449. Or drop us an email at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. Full episodes drop on June 21. Give us a call, subscribe to the show, and prepare to dig in.
May 10, 2022