Sustainable Dish Podcast

Our friends at Food and Faith podcast just released an excellent interview with my co-host James Connolly.  The intersection of food and faith is often overlooked but it is important to acknowledge the influence of spirituality on what we eat and how we take care of the land.

Co-host of the podcast, Derrick Weston, is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, founding director of the Food and Faith Storytelling Collective, proud father, husband, and gardener. 

Every Food and Faith podcast episode begins with the question, “What is your geography?” It’s a simple question that allows each guest to talk about the food, the music, or culture that has shaped them into who they are today.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that James begins his answer talking about books and takes us through his life story starting with his time in the military, then heading a nonprofit in NYC, and ending up as a documentary maker.

- Learn more about James as he talks to Derrick about:

- The problems with nutrition in schools 

- How James found my work

- Insight into how the current meat industry works

- How there’s a vegan documentary that appeals to every type of consumer

- Vegetarianism and the Black experience

- Seventh-Day Adventists and their influence on policy

- The Pigford v Glickman lawsuit 

- The war with nature and how it relates to the Garden of Eden

Resources:

Archer Gray

Sacred Cow

Kiss the Ground

The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright

Dust Bowls of Empire by Hannah Holleman

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight by Judith Schwartz

Mole Man

Transmilitary

Connect with Derrick:

Website: Faith & Leadership

Instagram: @derricklweston

LinkedIn: Derrick Weston

Twitter: @derricklweston

Podcast: Food and Faith Podcast

Connect with James:

Website: The Primate Kitchen

Instagram: @primatekitchen

Twitter: @jamescophoto

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode was brought to you by my new Sustainavore Course! Are you confused about which diet is best for your health and the planet? Are you feeling frustrated with quick-fix diets and conflicting nutrition information? Check out Sustainavore.  You will learn how to feel confidant that the food you’re buying is the right choice for your health and the environment. The course includes over 7 hours of video instruction from me and 60 daily emails full of tips, tricks, and motivation to keep you going - plus lots of bonus material. For a limited time, I am offering special discount pricing so head over to The Sustainavore Course now!

Direct download: Episode2017520Food20and20Faith20Episode20with20Derrick20Weston.mp3
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My co-author and friend, Robb Wolf, and I are back again with another Fireside Chat (or is it a campfire chat?) where we get into current events and the latest research articles about food and nutrition.  And despite a bad internet connection, we get into a couple of great topics this time.

First, we catch up on all the new happenings at Sustainable Dish

- The new website relaunch

- I’m hiring for a Digital Marketing Manager. Check out the job description here.

- The all-new Sustainavore Course coming soon. Stay tuned for details (full credit to Robb for the name)

- The shout out from Bear Grylls

We then get into why the “Less Meat, Better Meat” concept should die and cover these big current topics in research and the news:

- A new paper on how eating meat affects linear growth in kids and why it’s important. You can read more about the science on the Global Food Justice Alliance here

- The Starbucks “Justice Cup” hoax and a quick fact check. You can read the Starbucks response here.

Tune in to hear Robb and me break it all down. 

Resources:

John Sapp and the Roam Free Bison Ranch

Bear Grylls 

Captain Fantastic

Global Food Justice Alliance

Connect with Robb:

Website: The Healthy Rebellion

Instagram: @dasrobbwolf

LinkedIn: Robb Wolf

Facebook: RobbWolf.com

Twitter: @robbwolf

YouTube: Robb Wolf

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

Direct download: Episode2017420Fireside20Chat20with20Robb.mp3
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You may know him as Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec, or as Amy Poehler’s co-host in the reality competition series Making It,  or as Megan Mullally’s husband.  But did you know that Nick Offerman is also a passionate supporter of sustainability and the movement for better meat?

Many of you will immediately recognize his dulcet tones as the narrator from my film Sacred Cow. Nick and I met through a mutual friend and fellow supporter of regenerative farming, James Rebanks, and continue a friendship through our shared interests.

In this episode, I sit down to talk to Nick about his latest book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play. Nick recounts some of his most memorable moments from his journeys and shares the inspiration for his travels.

Get to know Nick a little bit better as we chat about:

- Nick’s backstory and family history

- His inspiration drawn from Wendell Berry

- How Parks and Rec opened doors for new opportunities

- The good and bad of living in LA

- The necessary tradeoffs of living in the modern world

- The value of face to face interactions

- The problems with battling misinformation

- Nick’s current and upcoming projects

- Nick’s book recommendations

Resources:

Solid Sound Festival 

The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks

Wendell Daily Twitter 

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry

Bewilderment and The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees: The Ash in Human Culture and History  by Robert Penn

Girls & Sex and Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Connect with Nick:

Website: Nick Offerman and Offerman Woodshop

Instagram: @nickofferman

Facebook: Nick Offerman

Twitter: @nick_offerman

Podcast: In Bed with Nick and Megan 

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

A big thanks to Nakano Knives for their support of my work and the podcast. I’ve been using their knives for a couple of years now and I love them. They are beautiful, easy to hold, and a fantastic value. And just in time for the holidays, you can use my offer code DIANA for 10% off plus get a $25 voucher toward your next purchase. Who doesn’t love a new knife, right? 

This episode is also sponsored by Paleovalley, my go-to, grab-and-go source for products that prioritize nutrient density in an industry that prioritizes everything else. Their epic lineup of products includes Organic Supergreens, 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks, Grass-Fed Organ Complex, 100% Grass-Fed Bone Broth Protein, and low-sugar snack bars. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 15% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode2017320Nick20Offerman.mp3
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Small and mid-sized farms in America have been dwindling for decades. Often these farms are bought up by larger conglomerates. One relatively recent example is Perdue’s purchase of Niman Ranch. You can read my post about the buyout here and my concerns about CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) taking over companies with higher standards of production. 

In the episode, we learn that it’s not only Big Ag that’s getting into the small farm business. Financial institutions have been in the farmland game for years. My co-host James Connelly interviews Madeleine Fairbairn, an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz about her latest book. Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush explores the financialization of farmland and how financial institutions began treating farmland as investment opportunities. You can download the ebook for free here.

James and Madeleine start their discussion in the 1970s with skyrocketing crop prices, quickly followed by overproduction and inflation, making farmland attractive to wealthy investors. This situation coupled with financial deregulation in the 80s and 90s caused changing mindsets in companies and consumers that now make finance a part of our everyday lives. 

Their conversation concludes with our current landscape where we see major investment companies like Harvard Management Company and TIAA owning huge swaths of farmland, often to the detriment of the local community. 

Tune in to learn more about:

- Financialization and how it affects all areas of our lives

- The Global Land Grab

- The Shareholder Value Revolution

- Congress's bipartisan measure to prevent institutions from taking over farmland and how those measures went away in the 1980s

- California’s water shortage problem

- How Harvard Management Company bought a vineyard

- The rise of ESGs (Environmental, Social, and Governance) or socially responsible investing

- Madeleine’s skepticism of ESGs

Resources:

Fields of Gold by Madeleine Fairbairn (free ebook)

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis

Greta Krippner 

The Great Grain Robbery

The Last Supper for Malthus: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It by Tom Philpott

Connect with Madeleine:

Website: Madeleine Fairbairn and UC AFTeR Project

LinkedIn: Madeleine Fairbairn

Email: mfairbai@ucsc.edu

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.


A big thanks to Nakano Knives for their support of my work and the podcast. I’ve been using their knives for a couple of years now and I love them. They are beautiful, easy to hold, and a fantastic value. And just in time for the holidays, you can use my offer code DIANA for 10% off plus get a $25 voucher toward your next purchase. Who doesn’t love a new knife, right?

Direct download: Episode2017220Madeleine20Fairbairn.mp3
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I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Robb Wolf for over a decade and over the course of that time and through our work together on Sacred Cow, we’ve had so many conversations that we wish we would have recorded. 

During these Fireside Chats, you’ll hear us talk about recent studies we find interesting, current events, complex food issues that need deep exploration, and other related hot topics that have captured our attention.

Join us for today’s chat as we discuss:

- How we met

- The structure of the book Sacred Cow and how it hits the three main points of controversy in a meat inclusive diet

- The reality of beef consumption in America

- The problem with profitability in Impossible Burger

- How sometimes the best use of land is grazing

- Well For Culture’s Instagram post about the importance of bison to Indigenous people

- The reality of humans trying to improve upon nature

- The study from India that attributes positive pregnancy outcomes solely to eating a vegetarian diet

- Historical lessons to be learned from demonizing meat consumption

- How being a proud meat-eater affects Diana’s social life

- The Indian Express article about the first ‘Climate Change’ diagnosis

- How the cause of wildfires should not only be attributed to climate change and how mismanagement is, in part, to blame. Don’t worry - we are not climate change deniers!

Resources:

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

The Dark Horse podcast

UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26)

Global Food Justice Alliance

Well For Culture

The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside by Nick Offerman

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam’s article on India’s politics and ideology around food 

Connect with Robb:

Website: The Healthy Rebellion

Instagram: @dasrobbwolf

LinkedIn: Robb Wolf

Facebook: RobbWolf.com

Twitter: @robbwolf

YouTube: Robb Wolf

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

A big thanks to Nakano Knives for their support of my work and the podcast. I’ve been using their knives for a couple of years now and I love them. They are beautiful, easy to hold, and a fantastic value. And just in time for the holidays, you can use my offer code DIANA for 10% off plus get a $25 voucher toward your next purchase. Who doesn’t love a new knife, right? 

This episode is also sponsored by Paleovalley, my go-to, grab-and-go source for products that prioritize nutrient density in an industry that prioritizes everything else. Their epic lineup of products includes Organic Supergreens, 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks, Grass-Fed Organ Complex, 100% Grass-Fed Bone Broth Protein, and low-sugar snack bars. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 15% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode2017120Fireside20Chat20Robb.mp3
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As I have mentioned before, what we wear plays as much of a part in sustainability as what we eat.  Along with leather, wool is a natural fiber that can be used to create earth-friendly, fashionable pieces that are long-lasting.

On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Edzard Van Der Wyck, co-founder of Sheep, Inc. Since 2017, Sheep, Inc has been making “contemporary knitwear that has a positive impact on the world.” This mission is completed through solar powered manufacturing, carbon-negative raw materials, and well-cared for sheep. 

Join our conversation to learn:

- How Edzard got started in the fashion industry and how Sheep Inc came to be

- The problems with fast fashion 

- The process of finding sustainable materials

- Cashmere versus Merino wool

- The self-cleaning nature of Merino wool

- How Sheep Inc is able to have a carbon negative impact through optimizing their supply chain

- All about the adopt-a-sheep program

- How comparing wool to slavery or the holocaust is inaccurate and unjust

- Why sheep need to be shorn once a year

- How the wool is treated affects the feel

- The unique marketing approach of Sheep Inc and gender neutral quality of the products

- How you eventually pay the price for things in one way or another

- All of Sheep Inc’s Impact Program where 5% of revenue goes to regenerative projects

- How Covid has encouraged people to make more meaningful purchases

Resources:

- Heist Studios

- Sustainable Dish Episode 14: Director Michael Matheson Miller of Poverty Inc.

- The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID)

- ZQRX program

Connect with Edzard:

Website: Sheep Inc.

Instagram: @sheepinc

LinkedIn: Edzard van der Wyck

Twitter: @evdwyck

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

A big thanks to Nakano Knives for their support of my work and the podcast. I’ve been using their knives for a couple of years now and I love them. They are beautiful, easy to hold, and a fantastic value. And just in time for the holidays, you can use my offer code DIANA for 10% off plus get a $25 voucher toward your next purchase. Who doesn’t love a new knife, right?   

Direct download: Episode2017020Edzard20van20der20Wyck.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Creating a world that is not only sustainable but regenerative extends past our plates into what we wear. With the rise of fast fashion and unchecked consumerism, buying quality, real leather goods is one way to make your wardrobe more sustainable. 

You can read my article here about the problems in the textile industry and how many of the “ethical” or “better” options fall short.  One solution is long lasting quality goods made from leather. 

A few years ago the Savory Institute connected me with Janet Hamilton, owner of Farrier Leather, a company dedicated to making sustainable vegetable tanned leather goods. Janet makes beautiful, functional pieces from responsibly sourced materials and continues to strive for higher standards as availability improves.

Join my co host, Lauren Manning and Janet as they discuss the role of real leather in the sustainability movement and other topics:

-Why Janet started Farrier Leather and the barriers she faced finding well-sourced raw materials

-The benefits  of  traditional vegetable tanning methods over current methods using chromium salts

-Other brands that are concerned with leather sourcing

-The good and the bad about sustainable materials becoming more mainstream

-Correcting misconceptions about leather and highlighting the problems with vegan leather

-How to start making more sustainable choices - and it’s not throwing out all your clothes and starting over

-Sometimes the most sustainable choice is choosing not to buy 

-It’s about better choices, not perfect choices. Define your personal priorities

-It’s not used. It’s vintage!

-How Janet learned how to make leather goods

-Janet’s favorite leather items

Resources:

Leather Working Group  

Pennyroyal Designs

Savory Institute

Modal fabric

Poshmark

Thredup

Rent the Runway

Leatherworking group on Reddit

Leatherworker.net

Connect with [Guest]:

Website: Farrier Leather

Instagram: @farrier_leather

Facebook: Farrier Leather

Twitter: @Farrier_Leather

Pinterest: Farrier Leather 

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connolly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

Direct download: Episode_169_Janet_Hamilton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

Today’s episode is a little bit different. I wanted the opportunity to talk about current events, topics that need deep exploration, or catch-up with friends. So, I am starting Fireside Chats, intimate conversations with people in my inner circle, like my co-host James Connolly, and Robb Wolf, my co-author of Sacred Cow. 

This first chat was sparked by responses I received from my Instagram post a few days ago. You can read the original post here and my response here. James and I talk about our feelings surrounding the food landscape in which we find ourselves living and how the food industry, specifically ultra processed foods, is using activist language in order to sell products. 

These tactics create a right versus wrong situation absent of all nuance, which leads to fights over language and word use rather than allowing us to get to the heart of the issue. As a dietitian, it is my job to identify foods that are better sources of nutrients than other foods. Those of you that have been following my work for some time, know that I look at diet holistically considering many factors.

For folks new to Sustainable Dish, I would encourage you to read my post on foods that are more expensive and less nutritious than grass-fed beef. Or listen to previous podcast episodes featuring experts in the field of climate change, sustainable farming, and other issues that impact human health (like poverty).

James and I continue our conversation discussing:

-Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move campaign leading to the Everything in Moderation mantra

-Processed food’s predatory nature on communities

-The importance of diving deeper into the issue and determining how less nutritious foods came to be culturally appropriate foods

-How the potato became a part of Irish culture as a way to control the Irish

-How food groups are made up

-Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and its effect on people’s food choices

-How food access is only one factor when it comes to eating healthfully

-The Universal Basic Income experiment that led to positive health outcomes

-How stressors prevent you from making choices that lead to a better health future

-A study of pregnant women from India that associated vegetarianism with positive pregnancy outcomes without considering class, economic status, or healthcare access.

-What James is up to now

What Diana is up to now

-Resources:

The Four Agreements

Food Compass Study

Sacred Cow

Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Death in the Garden with Jake Marquez and Maren Morgen

White Oak Pastures

Sustainable Dish Episode 164: Will Harris of White Oak Pastures  

Center for Agricultural Resilience (CFAR)

Jason Rowntree at Michigan State University

Sustainable Dish Episode 167: Dr. Tony Hampton

Connect with James: 

Website: The Primate Kitchen

Instagram: @primatekitchen

Twitter: @jamescophoto

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connolly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

Direct download: Episode_168_Fireside_Chat_with_James.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

Tufts University recently released the updated Food Compass, a nutrient profiling system to help consumers and policymakers determine the healthfulness of certain foods. You can read the full study here, (a subscription to Nature is required) read the brief overview here, or see a detailed list of the food rankings here

Dr. Tony Hampton joins me in this episode to discuss some of the shocking and inaccurate results of the Food Compass. Spoiler alert: Cheerios scored a 94 out of 100 while beef only scored a 24.

Dr. Hampton is a board certified obesity specialist, Certified Physician Executive, researcher and author. His goal is to empower his patients with knowledge in order to improve their health conditions. 

Like me, Dr. Hampton is passionate about the necessity of meat in a healthy diet, and takes issue with how animal-based foods are often vilified in studies like the Food Compass.

Guides like this are troubling because they serve as reference points for school lunches, food policy, and government programs like SNAP.  They claim to be intended for healthy populations but the sad fact is that many Americans are not metabolically healthy. 

Along with the Food Compass report, Dr. Hampton and I discuss:

How Dr. Hampton started his journey in metabolic health with his wife’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes

The importance of bio individuality

The concept of TOFI - Thin on the Outside, Fat on the Inside

The importance of self-experimentation

Why learning how to breakdown research papers is important, especially for clinicians

The importance of a culturally appropriate diet

The origins of soul food

How small changes can make a big difference

Resources:

Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy

 Dr. Tony Hampton’s book: Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes

Nina Teicholz

Dr. Eric Westman

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian

Levels Glucose Monitor

Dr Vyvyane Loh & her video on TOFI

Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners

Chris Masterjohn’s podcast on how to read a research paper 

Chicken George

Connect with [Guest]:

Website: Doctor Tony Hampton

Instagram: @drtonyhampton

LinkedIn: Tony Hampton, MD, MBA, CPE

Facebook: Tony Hampton, MD, MBA, CPE

Twitter: @drtonyhampton

YouTube: Dr Tony Hampton

Podcast: Protecting Your N.E.S.T

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by Paleovalley, my go-to, grab-and-go source for products that prioritize nutrient density in an industry that prioritizes everything else. Their epic lineup of products includes Organic Supergreens, 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks, Grass-Fed Organ Complex, 100% Grass-Fed Bone Broth Protein, and low-sugar snack bars. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 15% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_167_Dr_Tony_Hampton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Take a look at the list of ingredients on the back of almost any ultra-processed packaged food and you are likely to find palm oil or its derivatives as an ingredient. Its presence is just as ubiquitous in cosmetics and personal care products. 

The consequences of the excessive use of palm oil are far-reaching and impact more than just our health. In this episode, my co-host James Connolly is talking with Jocelyn Zuckerman, author of Planet Palm:  How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything - and Endangered the World.

Jocelyn and James dive deep into the history of the palm oil industry and how it came to be in everything, exploring the devastation of natural habitats, corporate corruption, and how many of these practices continue today.

Join them in this enlightening conversation as they discuss:

-Jocelyn’s connection to Nina Teicholz and her inspiration for the book

-The effect of land grabs in Africa in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis

-How Liberia was founded and the palm oil industry there

-The brief summary of Unilever’s violent past from Sunlight Soap to enslaving native populations 

-How the palm oil trade replaced the slave trade after it was outlawed in 1807

-How growing palm oil trees started as a way to alleviate poverty

-The processing oil palm and stats on palm oil usage

-Major brands that use a lot of palm oil

-The perspective of poachers

-The connection between what’s happening in the palm oil industry with other commodity industries

-Tragic stories of modern-day slavery in the agriculture industry

-The current practice of using prisoners as farmworkers and the effect it has on prison sentences 

While topics like this can seem overwhelming and discouraging, I encourage my listeners to see the links below for ways you can find out more and take action.

Resources:

Books & Articles:

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz

Selections of Jocelyn’s articles in Gourmet Magazine here, here, & here

Selections of Jocelyn’s articles in On Earth Magazine here, here, & here

Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation in the Congo by Jules Marchal

The World for Sale by Javier Blas & Jack Farchy

Merchants of Grain by Dan Morgan

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Darkside of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGee

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

Black Boy and The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright

Articles on prisoners used as farm labor here and here

Websites for Info & Action:

National Resources Defence Council

Chain Reaction Research

Mighty Earth

 

Rainforest Action Network

No White Saviors

 

Other Resources:

Natural Habitats Palm Oil

James’s podcast with Benjamin Lorr: Sustainable Dish Episode 127

Behind the Bastards Podcast

 

Connect with [Guest]:

Website: Jocelyn Zuckerman

Instagram: @jocelynzuck

LinkedIn: Jocelyn Zuckerman

Twitter: @jocelynzuck

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

Direct download: Episode_166_Jocelyn_Zuckerman.mp3
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In a world where we are increasingly removed from our food, hunting is a way for us to connect with what we are eating. Meet Danielle Prewett, founder of Wild + Whole, Wild Foods contributing editor for MeatEater, and proud hunter. In 2014 Danielle and her husband pledged to only cook meat that they hunt and fish themselves, allowing her the privilege of having a deeper connection with her food. 

In my conversation with Danielle we discuss:

-Danielle’s story of how she got into wild game and her first experience with eating mindfully

-The way she eats and the privilege of hunting that may not be accessible to everyone

-The inaccurate stereotypes of hunters

-The responsibility of killing an animal is on you

-How hunters are conservationists

-The overpopulation of deer and how hunting is a solution

-Danielle’s best hunting experience

-How to get started hunting

-The misconception of a natural death 

Resources:

The Meateater Steve Rinella

Deer in Molokai

Deutsch-Drahthaar

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Sacred Cow 

Nature is Metal (@natureismetal)

The Flavor Bible

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

The Pittman Robertson Act

Connect with [Guest]:

Website: Wild + Whole

Instagram: @danielleprewett or @wildandwhole

LinkedIn: Danielle Prewett

Facebook: @wildandwhole

Twitter: @Danielleprewett

YouTube: MeatEater

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

It's also sponsored by Paleovalley, my go-to, grab-and-go source for products that prioritize nutrient density in an industry that prioritizes everything else. Their epic lineup of products includes Organic Supergreens, 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks, Grass-Fed Organ Complex, 100% Grass-Fed Bone Broth Protein, and low-sugar snack bars. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 15% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_165_Danielle_Prewett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

In this episode, I welcome back to the show, Will Harris, fourth-generation farmer, and owner of White Oak Pastures. You can listen to our first episode here

In 1995, Will made the bold decision to stop using industrialized farming methods at White Oak Pastures and instead return his operation to the traditional farming techniques used by his forefathers.

Today, White Oak Pastures operates as a living ecosystem that is holistically managed and proudly zero-waste - all while employing 155+ people and helping to revitalize the small town of Bluffton, GA.  

Listen in as Will and I discuss the big plans for our upcoming event October 21-24.  We also chat about: 

The office at White Oak Pastures and the interesting construction of his driveway

How Spider Lilies indicate the changing of the seasons

-The size and scope of White Oak Pastures

-What is raised at White Oak Pastures

-The unique lodging at White Oak Pastures

-How the end of small and medium-sized farms have changed rural America

-How Will’s family is involved in their family-owned farm

-Center for Agricultural Resilience (CFAR)

Resources:

Savory Hubs

Gabe Brown

Jason Rowntree

Ranching for Profit

Regenerative Farming and Nutrition workshop October 21-24

Sacred Cow

Jules Horn - Website & Podcast with Jules 

Samantha Garwin 

Connect with Will:

Website: White Oak Pastures

Instagram: @whiteoakpastures

LinkedIn: Will Harris

Facebook: @whiteoakpastures

Twitter: @whiteoakpasture

YouTube: White Oak Pastures Farms

Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_164_Will_Harris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Meet Jules Horn, a German fashion model, wellness, health, fitness & breath coach, and former vegan. Jules is an encouraging soul, driven to serve and help others discover their best selves.

In my conversation with Jules we discuss:

  • His journey into modeling
  • How he became vegan
  • Why he transitioned away from veganism
  • Tools he used to find the best way to eat, move, and breathe for his optimal health and wellbeing
  • His self-discovery during lockdown
  • His wellness, fitness, and breath coaching passion
  • Rediscovering ourselves through journaling
  • His upcoming breathwork sessions at the White Oak Pastures’ Regenerative Farming, Nutrition and Wellness, and Butchering Workshop with Diana, Jules, Will Harris, and Sam Garwin - Join Us!
  • And More!

Resources:

Connect with Jules:

Website: Oxygen Advantage

Website: Primal Health Coach

Instagram: @jules_horn

Facebook: @juleshorn1190

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Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_163_Jules_Horn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

In this episode, I chat with Tara Youngblood, founder of Chilisleep, an innovative company with “science-based sleep products to inspire people to sleep better”.

Tara, as a self-described “Sleep Geek,” used her background in science to unlock the connection between temperature and sleep to solve her sleep problems. 

Tune in to this episode to discover:

  • The phases of sleep and the importance of deep sleep
  • How lack of sleep is like being drunk and what it looks like to your brain
  • The link between sleep and athletic performance and learning
  • How famous creatives use sleep in their work
  • The impact of sleep on diet and exercise
  • How to plan for good sleep
  • Common sleep issues
  • How wine and cannabis affect sleep quality
  • The effects of Ambien on sleep
  • How temperature affects sleep
  • Sleep hacks from Tara and Diana

The ChiliPad has changed my life - literally. My sleep, and in turn, my health, has dramatically improved since using the Ooler sleep system.

I strongly encourage you to join Tara's 5-Day Back to Sleep Challenge. In less than ONE week, you could feel blissfully rested, even on those mornings where you don’t have time for a full night of slumber. Join the FREE 5-Day Back to Sleep Challenge today.

And if you decide to try one of their products for yourself, use Chilipad20 for 20% off a full chiliPAD sleep system, OOLER15 for 15% off a full OOLER sleep system, or chiliBLANKET10 for 10% off a full chiliBLANKET sleep system!

Connect with Tara:

Websites: Chilisleep and The Sleep Geek

Social Media:

Instagram (@the_sleep_geek) 

LinkedIn

Facebook (The Sleep Geek) 

Twitter (@the_sleep_geek)

Episode Credits:

Thank you to all who’ve made this show possible. Our hosts are Diana Rodgers, Lauren Manning, and James Connelly. Our producer is Meg Chatham, and our editor is Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_162_Tara_Youngblood_Chilisleep.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

In this episode, James chats with Victoria Boron about her journey to reclaim her health, the past, present, and future of our food system, must-read books, and more.

Victoria Boron is passionate about peoples’ metabolic health. When her own health began to fail after gaining significant weight and becoming pre- diabetic, she began searching for answers about nutrition. In doing so, she found a new love for science and human physiology and left her career in the hospitality industry to pursue a career in nursing. She is currently a student at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington obtaining a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a minor in biology. She hopes to eventually earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and work to help patients achieve metabolic health.

Victoria, her husband Ben, and their two young daughters live on a small, upstart urban vegetable farm in North Carolina. When not in the throes of day-to-day parental duties, they love to go hear live music, go to the beach, the park, and other outdoor adventures.

Learn more about her and follow her journey here on Instagram.

And click here to view all of the books, podcasts, and resources mentioned in this episode!

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

 

Direct download: The_Sustainable_Dish_Podcast_-_James_-_Victoria_Grexicangainz_-_edited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

On this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I speak with Marty Kendall of Optimising Nutrition and Nutrient Optimiser, an assessment and program designed to help you identify nutrient deficiencies and guide you through optimizing your nutrition without the use of supplements.

I've followed Marty's program several times and learned how to maximize my diet for optimal nutrient absorption and health.

I first learned about the importance of nutrient optimization through my own journey with Celiac Disease. Having lived undiagnosed for decades, my body thrived once I began understanding how to maximize my nutrition with testing, diligent tracking, and nutrient-dense recipes.

Marty's Nutrient Optimiser assessment and Optimising Nutrition program is a wealth of information for anyone seeking to amplify their nutrition and health.

Tune into this show to hear about my own Nutrient Optimiser challenge and learn more about how you can join the challenge, too.

Check out Marty's blog for more helpful tools, resources, and recipes.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order

Direct download: Episode_159_Marty_Kendall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

On this episode of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, we dive deep into the carbon credit market with Megan Parks, the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Grassroots Carbon, a public benefit company that makes it easy to buy and sell nature-based carbon storage.

Carbon credits, carbon sequestration, carbon storage are all growing buzzwords in today's headlines, but what are they and what do they really mean?

Lauren and Megan break down the carbon credit market and what it means for regenerative ranchers and carbon credit buyers now and in the future.

They discuss how transparency and stringent, third-party testing are key to long-term grassland regeneration and carbon sequestration. They also reveal that even though carbon storage is in the spotlight right now, there are many other benefits of grassland regeneration that could become even more marketable than carbon credits in the future.

If you're curious about the viability of the carbon credit market, interested in purchasing carbon credits, or considering selling your carbon storage capabilities on your own land, give this episode a listen.

Check out Grassroots Carbon on their website, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.


Have you ever wondered what it's like to move from city life to start a farm?

If so, give the latest episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast a listen.

My co-host, Lauren Manning, chats with Christine Dormeier of Heritage Pines Farm in Peyton, Colorado.

Christine grew up in the suburbs, went to undergrad for business, lived in some of the busiest cities in the world, and is now a small farmer.

In the show, Christine shares how nothing in her childhood or education encouraged her down this path, but as a Taiwanese American immigrant, she is working hard to encourage other Asian Americans to become more aware of agriculture and land stewardship.

Lauren and Christine chat about helpful resources for budding farmers and how the draws of living their small farmer lifestyles have helped them weather the cultural and experiential obstacles along their journeys.

This show can inspire aspiring farmers, encourage new farmers, and rejuvenate seasoned farmers.

Be sure to tune in and check out Heritage Pines Farm to learn more about Christine, her husband, Nick, and their small Colorado farm.

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_157_Christine_Dormeier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

In this episode of the podcast, my co-host, Lauren Manning, chats with James Rebanks.

 

James is not only an accomplished sheep farmer in England (you may recognize him from his guest appearance in Sacred Cow), but he is also an author and thought-leader on the future of farming.

 

They discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture, our growing disconnection with our food system, and his new book, Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey.

 

If you're curious about farming from a farmer's eyes, tune into this show.

 

Follow James on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to check out his books The Shepherd's Life, English Pastoral, and his latest, Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey.

 

This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

Direct download: Episode_156_James_Rebanks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

In this episode, I chat with Adam Danforth, a butcher, educator, and James Beard award-winning author. He is an active board member of the Good Meat Project and Chefs Collaborative and through this work, he leads experiential workshops worldwide on butchery and meat science for venues such as Stone Barns Center for Agriculture, the James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp, Google, and the National Bison Association. Adam also consults and provides education to restaurants including Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Bazaar Meat, and Maude. 

We talk about Adam's road from corporate marketing burnout to his career in meat processing and humane butchery. 

We also discuss his latest initiative, ROGUE FOOD UNITES, a nonprofit which meets the immediate and long-term food needs of fire victims in Southern Oregon with comfort food prepared by locally-owned restaurants. Click here to donate.

Direct download: Episode_155_Adam_Danforth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

On today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Nicolette Hahn Niman about the nutritional, sustainable, and ethical case for meat production.

 

Nicolette is an author, lawyer, rancher, and one of the many environmental experts featured in the film, Sacred Cow.

 

In this episode, we dive into why well-raised cattle actually improve ecosystem function and how removing them from our food system would create a gaping hole for us, both nutritionally and environmentally.

 

Nicolette is a wealth of information and it's always a joy to speak with her.

 

Tune into this episode and be sure to check out her books including the upcoming edition of Defending Beef: The Ecological and Nutritional Case for Meat.

Direct download: Episode_153_Nicolette_Niman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

On today's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connelly, chats with Emilia Leese and Eva Charalambides, authors of the book Think Like a Vegan: What everyone can learn from vegan ethics.

They discuss a range of topics including how veganism has evolved, the ethics of a healthy food system, reconnecting with our food producers, and the nuance and intricacies of supporting food sovereignty and peoples' rights to healthy, just, and sustainable food.

Learn more about their book project here.


In this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I speak with Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, about her experience being a vegan for almost two decades and her eventual transition back into eating meat.

 

If you've watched my film, Sacred Cow, you'll recognize Lierre and her story about how it occurred to her while trying to grow a vegan garden that there is no life without death.

 

She could either be a part of the cycle that creates more death or she could be a part of the cycle that creates more life.

 

We discuss this and so much more.

 

If you are vegan or a former vegan (or know someone who is), I encourage you to check out this episode.

 

This episode is sponsored by Teton Waters Ranch, one of my favorite “better meat” companies. Their sausages and hot dogs are 100% grass-fed beef and delicious. Bring hot dogs back to your dinner table and check out all of the amazing products at Teton Waters Ranch.

Direct download: Episode_151_Lierre_Keith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

On this episode, Diana interviews Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm.

Shannon is the Chef & CEO of Sap Bush Hollow, as well as the author of several books & host of The Hearth of Sap Bush Hollow podcast. She has written several books about sustainability, including Radical Homemakers and several other amazing books on food. She has a PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and operates a farm and cafe in West Fulton New York.

Diana and Shannon talk about her inspiration for living differently and sharing that with the world and we discuss her community and her deep feelings about how it is part of healing and deserves dedication. 

They dive into Shannon's latest book, available for pre-order here, Redefining Rich, where she writes about what people can do to experience true wealth by stretching and being inventive but also by recognizing what is right in front of us.

If the past year has made you reevaluate life as you know it, the episode is for you!

You can find more information about Shannon at Sap Bush Hollow and her blog.

Direct download: Episode_150_Shannon_Hayes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EST

I first discovered José López via his Instagram account, @wildquetzal. His content is clear, concise, educational, and I found myself rapidly consuming it as quickly as I could.

This episode is a long-form conversation about his own personal journey to where he is today, how he connects with the natural world to learn, grow, and educate, and his vision to inspire others to reconnect with themselves and observe the "Three Worlds" we are all a part of.

Tune in as my co-host and co-producer of Sacred Cow, James Connolly, interviews López.

Be sure to check him out on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and see his conscious design and marketing work at Kaizen Designs.

Direct download: Episode_149_Wild_Quetzal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On today's episode of the podcast, I catch up with Dr. Anthony Gustin.

 

We chat about everything from his recent trip to observe the Hadza tribe in Africa, the dangers of refined vegetable oils, misconceptions about carbohydrates and the keto diet, how we might not be able to return to our hunter/gatherer roots, but how we can reconnect and regenerate our connection with our health, land, and this planet, and more.

 

Dr. Gustin is a sports medicine clinician, the founder and CEO of Perfect Keto & Equip Foods, the host of The Natural State Podcast, and the author of the best-selling book, Keto Answers.

 

His youth on a farm in the midwest and personal health issues led him to this path to find optimal health for himself to inspire others to do the same. Through his new project, Joyfield Farm, he aims to set an example that farming can be done ethically, regeneratively, and most importantly: produce the most nutritious food humanly possible as sustainably as possible.

 

If you're interested in the intersection of our personal health and planetary health, give this episode a listen.

 

Learn more about Dr. Gustin on his website and be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Direct download: Episode_148_Anthony_Gustin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Have you ever read a riveting, page-turner of a book about the metabolic theories of cancer?

 

Yeah, me neither...until this one, and in the latest episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, had the chance to chat with Apple.

 

They dove into Apple's latest book, Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection, and all of the research that was involved in telling this important story of Warburg and his work on cancer.

 

In the book, Apple tells the extraordinary story of Otto Warburg, a Nazi-era scientist who discovered how cancer cells eat.

 

He breaks down the current scientific literature in an easy way and interweaves colorful interviews that make this book hard to put down.

 

By the end, you'll have a better understanding of not just how cancer cells eat, but also what it means for how we should.

 

Give this episode a listen and check out the book here.

Direct download: Episode_147_Sam_Apple.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On today's episode of the podcast, I interview Autumn Smith, the co-founder of Paleovalley and Wild Pastures.

 

She holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition, is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach and FDN Practitioner, and was an absolute joy to interview!

 

We talk about our health journeys and how she resolved her struggles with IBS, anxiety, and her relationship with food when she started focusing on the quality of her nutrition, not just the quantity.

 

As her health completely transformed, she became driven to make healthy, nutrient-dense products more accessible to her family, clients, and fellow parents.

 

As a dietitian and mom myself, it was great to chat about how out of hand our kids' snack culture has gotten and what companies like Paleovalley can do to help change it. Our kids and our own health are too often hijacked by hyper-palatable, processed foods, and accessible, real food options not only lead to better health and cognition, but they're also delicious.

 

If you've been following me or talk with any of my clients, you'll know Paleovalley's beef sticks are my go-to snack. I always have a few in my purse or car just in case I get in a pinch and need healthy nutrition.

 

Give this episode a listen and check out the show notes for a discount on your own bundle of Paleovalley snacks! They're offering listeners 15% off when you enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH15 at checkout. Click here to try these for yourself!

Direct download: Episode_146_Autumn_Smith_-_Paleovalley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Pierre Ferrari of Heifer International about creating equitable, resilient food systems.

 

Pierre is the President and CEO of Heifer International, a global network on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities.

 

We chat about the importance of livestock to create change from the ground up. A small investment of livestock, alongside mentorship and support, can help families earn a living income, improve their food security and nutrition, protect their environment, empower women, and continuously train the next generation of leaders.

 

Their work is incredible and so is this episode.

 

Learn more about Pierre and Heifer International on their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

This episode is brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.

Direct download: Episode_145_Heifer_International.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EST

On this week's episode of the podcast, my co-host, Lauren Manning, chats with Nic Mink, the CEO of Sitka Salmon Shares, a member of Local Catch and the nation’s largest community-supported fishery (CSF) delivering responsibly harvested seafood to the doorsteps of seafood lovers around the country.

Sitka Salmon Shares operates like a CSA (community supported agriculture), providing monthly boxes of wild-caught Alaskan fish and seafood to consumers who pay in exchanges for a share of the season's catch.

Nic is on a mission to change the way the world thinks about fish and describes how he aims to advocate for fishing that is beyond sustainable - fishing that is not only good for the environment, but also the social, cultural, and economical systems of the area.

Nic and Lauren dive into how we can become more involved with the "boat to plate" process of the fish we eat and what we can do to support small fishermen fishing in a healthy, sustainable way.

If you watched the film Seaspiracy, give this episode a listen and learn more about the amazing work Sitka Salmon Shares are doing to ensure a quality, sustainable, and just fish system.

Learn more about Nic and Sitka Salmon Shares on their website, and be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Sitka Salmon Shares is by far my favorite fish company. Be sure to visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.

Direct download: Episode_144_-_Nic_Mink_-_Sitka_Salmon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

On this week's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connelly, chats with Bryan Charles of Ketoned Bodies, the nation's first Keto Meal Delivery Company and the only Regenerative Agricultural Meal Delivery company in the country.

 

Bryan became interested in nutrition as a result of his mother’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He believed that food was the cause, and he knew that food would be the cure. His quest for the optimal diet led him to work on a Master’s in Applied Clinical Nutrition. He's also working towards being a Savory Institute Accredited Field Professional.

 

They take a deep dive into the current food system, why our disconnection with our food is at the root of many of our problems, and how food that is grown in a manner that regenerates the planet will regenerate humanity.

 

Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation between James and Bryan and learn how we can work together to create a healthier life and planet.

 

Learn more about Bryan and Ketoned Bodies on his website, and be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.

Direct download: Episode_143_Brian_Charles_-_Ketoned_Bodies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EST

On this episode of the podcast, I chat with my colleague, Esther Blum.

 

She’s an Integrative Dietitian, High-Performance Coach, and the best-selling author of Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous. She has helped thousands of women feel and look their best, balance their hormones, eliminate their need for medication, and reverse chronic illness.

 

We discuss everything from nutritional changes throughout a woman's cycle, advocating for ourselves and loved ones in our medical system, and the need for more diversity, food sovereignty, regional appropriateness, and empathy in our food system and dietary recommendations.

 

Esther and I got fired up in this chat and you'll hear our passions throughout this entire show.

 

To keep the energy of this episode alive, Esther is gifting a mini-course, Crush Your Sugar Cravings, and has also generously opened up her calendar for 6 listeners to book a 30-minute Custom Metabolic Blueprint call with her. Visit www.estherblum.com/call to claim your spot.

 

Learn more about Esther, her books, and courses on her website, and be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

 

This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.

Direct download: Episode_142_Esther_Blum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EST

In this episode of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, Lauren talks with John Arbuckle of Singing Pastures. John and his wife, Holly, are 9th generation farmers. In 2016, they started Singing Pastures with their mission to showcase and practice Wildly Regenerative Agriculture.

 

Lauren and John discuss their Maine farm and how they identified the need to do things differently, what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what regenerative agriculture means to them and the food system as a whole. If you're interested in starting a regenerative farm or are new to farming, check out this episode.

 

Learn more about John and Singing Pastures Farm on their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.

Direct download: Episode_141_Singing_Pastures_Farm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am EST

In today's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, chats with Sean B. Carroll.

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He received a Ph.D. in immunology from Tufts University. He is currently the Andrew and Mary Balo and Nicholas and Susan Simon Endowed Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland, Vice-President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Executive Director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin.

James and Sean discuss the book and the subsequent documentary film, Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works, and Why it Matters. They also discuss Brave Genius: A Scientist, Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. The latter book describes the conflict that happens when ideology trumps science in agriculture and the resulting famines in the USSR and China. Lastly, they touch on his newest book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You, which explores the role of chance in the development of life.

Be sure to check out this episode and his latest book right away.

To get to know him and his work, visit his website where you can find his books, films, articles, interviews, and more.

This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off a premium share.

Direct download: Episode_140_Sean_B_Carroll.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with my good friend and colleague, Drew Ramsey, MD.

We discuss the most important parts of his latest book, Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety, and how we can use nutritional psychiatry to help combat our current mental health crisis.

Drew Ramsey, MD, is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

We chat about mental well-being and in the context of the pandemic and overall life. “We’ve all had our mental health challenged in a way that really hasn’t happened to many of us before,” he says, “from losing employment to the profound grief so many families are experiencing to the loss of our social structures and our ability to maintain our connections.”

But nutrition is an oft-forgotten medicine in our toolkits and we dive into the foods and nutrients that we can include in our diets to help us eat our way to better brain, and therefore better mental, health.

Be sure to check out this episode and his latest book right away.

To get to know him and his practice, follow Drew on Instagram, Facebook, and his website where you can read his articles and take his courses.

This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off.

Direct download: Episode_139_Drew_Ramsey_MD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EST

On today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, my co-host, Lauren Manning, interviews Glenn Elzinga of Alderspring Ranch.

Glenn Elzinga is a former Forest Ecologist turned Rancher. Glenn and his wife Caryl run Alderspring Ranch, a small artisanal family ranch that has passionately produced award-winning grass-fed, organic beef for over 20 years in the Idaho mountains. Alderspring Cowboys live with the cattle during the summer months, rotationally grazing them over 46,000 acres of certified organic wild permit rangeland, restoring health to ecologically sensitive areas.

In this deep-dive conversation, Lauren and Glenn discuss the carbon sequestration of managed grazing and in-herding, how he manages both the animals and his people to keep his ranch running smooth, how the recent forest fires in the western United States could be mitigated, and more.

If you're interested in learning more about this family operation or curious about working or interning at such an amazing regenerative ranch, visit his website at www.alderspringranch.com. He also offers free courses and education for other producers.

To get to know him and his whole family, follow Alderspring Ranch on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code SustainableDish25 for $25 off.

Direct download: Episode_138_Alderspring_Ranch_Glenn_Elzinga.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

On today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I chat with my good friend, Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., who is an internationally recognized leader in ancestral health and functional, integrative medicine. He is the author of The Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine and the founder of The Kresser Institute that helps equip the next generation of functional health practitioners and coaches with the skills and tools they need to turn the tide of chronic disease—and change the future of medicine. 

We discuss the current state of our healthcare system, the growing need for health coaches, and what drove him to create his ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.

Enrollment for his next class of the ADAPT Health Coaching Program ends April 1, 2021, so be sure to sign up here and tune in to the show to learn how you can get $1,000 off your tuition!

Direct download: Episode_137_Chris_Kresser.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EST

On this episode of the Sustainable Dish podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, interviews Sadie Radinsky.

Sadie Radinsky is the 19-year-old writer and recipe creator behind WholeGirl.com. Sadie starting blogging in 2014, when she was 12, her goal was to educate and empower her fellow teen girls and create a positive community around food. We discussed her new book, Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food. Other topics discussed were female empowerment, homeschooling, the pressures on teenagers to go vegan, and our mutual love of Neil Gaiman. 

Be sure to learn more about Sadie on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Direct download: Episode_136_Sadie_Radinsky.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

On this episode of the Sustainable Dish podcast, I talk to Andrew Smith about his book, A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism.

 

We discuss the sentience of plants, the morality of all diets, the impossibility of an animal-free diet, and more.

 

Andrew brings a unique perspective to the ethical case for better meat and is featured in both my film and book, Sacred Cow.

 

To learn more about Andrew and his work, visit his website here.

 

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Direct download: Episode_135_Andrew_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

Arsen Islamov is a cattle rancher in Kazakhstan. In today's episode of the podcast, we discuss the pastoralist traditions in Kazakhstan, the Soviet invasion, and their reeducation camps. We also discuss the subsequent conversion of rich, pastoral lands to grain and the health consequences of the removal of the traditional diet.

 

His journey into cattle ranching is unique and inspiring, and his stories about the erosion of topsoil due to cropping are reminiscent of our own dust bowl history in the midwest. This conversation is rich in history and lessons that we all can heed.

 

Follow Arsen on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

 

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Direct download: Episode_134_Arsen_Islamov.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

On this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I speak to Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumer Association and Regeneration International. We discuss addressing climate change through farming, regenerative agriculture education, and the needed alliance between vegans, ranchers, climate changers, and regenerators.

Mentioned in this episode are:

Organic Consumer Association
Regeneration International
Climate change
Farming as the solution
Green New Deal
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)
Sunrise Movement
Emissions
Animal husbandry practices
Allan Savory
Dr. Mercola
Unite the ranchers, vegans, and vegetarians
Factory farming is the enemy
Degenerate food
Infighting
Challenges of agriculture around the world
Factory farming tycoons and meat cartel
An alliance between vegans, ranchers, climate changers, and regenerators
Meatless Mondays
Regenerative Ag education
Land use around the world

Enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Episode_133_Ronnie_Cummins_-_Reply.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

On this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I speak with John Kempf about robotics in agriculture, universal basic income, and a new food economy.

 

Be sure to check out John's work on The Regenerative Agriculture Podcast.

 

Also, check out the regen.ag Academy

 

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Direct download: Episode_132_John_Kempf_-_Replay.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

I recently aired the Sacred Cow film for select members of the American Grassfed Association. After the film, I was joined by Carrie Balkcom, Dr. John Ikerd, and Greg Gunthorp to discuss regenerative livestock, restoring our soils and repairing our climate, and the nutritional status of our planet from an environmental, sustainable, and ethical perspective.

Enjoy this replay of the live Q&A session where we answer many of your most pressing questions.

Be sure to check the American Grassfed Association and my colleagues Carrie Balkcom, Dr. John Ikerd, and Greg Gunthorp.

Enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Episode_131_American_Grassfed_Association_QA.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

2020 was a year full of devastating news, but author, Judith Schwartz, has a grassroots response to evolving crises, an antidote to despair if you will.

 

She calls it Earth repair, taking this tremendous sense of agency and using it to come together and heal our landscapes and seascapes.

 

In the latest episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, James Connolly interviews Judith where they discuss large scale strategies for restoring soils, vegetation, and even food forest systems – in regions previously plagued by drought, desertification, famine, and poverty – that not only improve food security, economic security, and heal frayed social fabrics, they also increase rainfall, groundwater, and both carbon sequestration and water storage capacities in the landscape.

 

They discuss her previous books, Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World, and also her latest book, The Reindeer Chronicles, which documents large-scale ecological restoration projects in China, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Norway, New Mexico, Hawaii, and elsewhere around the world. Delving into the individuals, communities, and their unique stories.

 

In both this interview and her book, Judith reveals universal patterns of people coming together to heal their environments while also improving their human relationships and quality of life.

 

You may recognize Judith from her interview in the film, Sacred Cow, where she described the role cows play in restoration, but also be sure to check out her books, too.

 

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Direct download: Episode_130_Judith_Schwartz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

“Not everyone agrees about how to reform the food system and restore the nation’s health, but one message often rises above the din: We need to get back in the kitchen. From celebrity chefs to home cooks, lots of people seem to have the feeling that our country has lost its way and that returning to the dinner table will get us back to healthy kids and strong families. It’s an alluring message.”

 

This is the conundrum that Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It explores through a granular look at how many of us navigate the daily task of keeping ourselves fed. 

 

Authors Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinnikka Elliot -- a trio of sociology professors from universities across the US -- conducted a variety of interviews between February 2012 and March 2013 with female primary caregivers to learn more about how eating plays out in their households. 

 

Then, between April and December 2013, the authors took an immersive approach and entrenched themselves with the nine families. This included the morning rush, supermarket trips, meal prep, family dinners, and visits to government support offices. The stories unfold from the vantage point of the women in the family, who more often than not shoulder the burden of shopping, meal planning, cooking, and accommodating their families’ divergent dietary preferences. 


From Greely Janson, wife and mother in a middle-class family who finds herself torn between feeding her family the highest quality foods and allowing her daughter to have a “normal” childhood experience, to the Washingtons, an intergenerational family living in a hotel and struggling to make ends meet.

 

Divided into seven sections, the book explores how common foodie-centric phrases with good intentions often leave consumers across the socio-economic range battling a relentless cycle of pressure, guilt, shame, surrender, and hope. Most of these phrases will be familiar to you like, “You are what you eat,” “The family that eats together, stays together,” and “Know what’s on your plate.” 

 

The intimate look at the way these phrases impact each of the nine featured families will have you questioning your perceptions of what makes for “good food policy.” The tales also highlight how the latest food trends often have an impact on so much more than just what’s in your grocery cart, including notions of self-worth, success, and what it means to be a good parent.

 

In the show, we dig into some of the biggest themes addressed in the book, the author’s personal takeaways from their immersive research, and a few solutions that might offer more ubiquitous and meaningful success than simply telling consumers to cook more meals at home.

 

This episode was generously sponsored by my favorite electrolyte drink mix, LMNT. I personally drink 2 per day and recommend to my clients, athletes, or anyone following a low-carb diet or undergoing a stressful period to pay attention to their electrolytes. LMNT is the perfect combination of sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Visit this website for a free sample pack, just pay shipping!

Direct download: Episode_129_Pressure_Cooker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56pm EST

In today's episode of The Sustainable Dish, I chat with Ede Fox, aka The Black Carnivore.

 

We talk about how she reclaimed her health with a carnivore or meat-based diet and her creation of an inclusive space for black people and people of color to learn about the carnivore diet, health, and nutrition. We dive into the underlying injustices of a meat-free or less meat diet, how food justice includes access to nutrient-dense foods like meat, and what we can do to help encourage more people to advocate for a meat-inclusive diet.

 

If you're curious about the carnivore diet and how it can be an effective therapy, how diet recommendations for a particular region of people often don't acknowledge systemic injustice of those regions, or how you can get explore the carnivore diet and get involved with the Black Carnivore community, give this episode a listen.

 

Find Ede online on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and The Black Carnivore Podcast, and if you're new to carnivore, check out her coaching services here.

 

This episode was generously sponsored by my favorite electrolyte drink mix, LMNT. I personally drink 2 per day and recommend to my clients, athletes, or anyone following a low-carb diet or undergoing a stressful period to pay attention to their electrolytes. LMNT is the perfect combination of sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Visit this website for a free sample pack, just pay shipping!

Direct download: Episode_128_Ede_Fox_-_Black_Carnivore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

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