Sustainable Dish Podcast

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

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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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