Sustainable Dish Podcast (general)

Hannah Thompson-Weeman is the president and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Since 1987, the Alliance has been safeguarding the future of animal agriculture and its value to society by bridging the communication gap between the farm and food communities.

Hannah’s work includes developing a plan of action for when protestors strike and fighting misinformation in anti-meat narrative campaigns. 

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, a discussion community, and much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Alec’s Ice Cream, the first and only verified regenerative, organic ice cream and the best-tasting ice cream I have ever had. Plus, they are Certified Humane. Check it out by going to sustainabledish.com/icecream and use code DIANA for 20% off your order. 

Join me September 29 - October 2, 2022, for a fun and informative weekend getaway at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. To learn more, visit sustainabledish.com/events and get your tickets today before they sell out.

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com.

Direct download: Episode_207_Hannah_Thompson-Weeman.mp3
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On this “recycled” episode, I am joined by Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. Lierre shares her story about becoming vegan, the struggles to “do it right,” and her eventual health downfalls as a result.

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, a discussion community, and much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Alec’s Ice Cream, the first and only verified regenerative, organic ice cream and the best-tasting ice cream I have ever had. Plus, they are Certified Humane. Check it out by going to sustainabledish.com/icecream and use code DIANA for 20% off your order. 

Join me September 29 - October 2, 2022, for a fun and informative weekend getaway at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. To learn more, visit sustainabledish.com/events and get your tickets today before they sell out.

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com.

Direct download: Episode_206_Lierre_Keith.mp3
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Today we are replaying my conversation with Dr. Allen Williams, a rancher and soil health consultant. Dr. Williams explains the connection between soil health and livestock and debunks myths around regenerative agriculture. 

This episode was originally recorded in 2018 but the topics are still relevant today.

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, and a discussion community plus so much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Alec’s Ice Cream, the first and only verified regenerative, organic ice cream and the best-tasting ice cream I have ever had. Plus they are Certified Humane. Check it out by going to sustainabledish.com/icecream and use code DIANA for 20% off your order. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

 

Direct download: Episode_205_Dr._Allen_Williams_.mp3
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For this episode, I am sharing my interview with Dr. Tony Hampton on his podcast, Protecting Your N.E.S.T.

Dr. Hampton and I discuss regenerative farming versus monocropping and correct the narrative around the impact of livestock on climate change, plus how a high protein diet can improve health.

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, and a discussion community plus so much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Alec’s Ice Cream, the first and only verified regenerative, organic ice cream and the best-tasting ice cream I have ever had. Plus they are Certified Humane. Check it out by going to sustainabledish.com/icecream and use code DIANA for 20% off your order. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_204_Protect_Your_Nest_Interview.mp3
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Meet Jake Muise, co-founder of Maui Nui Venison. The Maui Nui mission is “to help balance Axis deer populations for the good of our environment, communities, and food system. “

In short, Jake and his team are using this invasive species to create a nutrient-dense food source for the people of Hawaii.

All of Maui Nui’s products are delicious and packed with high-quality nutrients. Plus, the USDA oversees the entire process and inspects each animal before approving it as safe for human consumption.

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, and a discussion community plus so much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Alec’s Ice Cream, the first and only verified regenerative, organic ice cream and the best-tasting ice cream I have ever had. Check it out by going to sustainabledish.com/icecream and use code DIANA for 20% off your order. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_203_Maui_Nui_Venison.mp3
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My last episode with Frank Mitloehner, PhD was so popular I wanted to have him back on the show to give us an update on what’s going on in the world of beef. Frank is a professor in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis and is the director of the CLEAR Center.

This episode is short but it is packed with information. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, and a discussion community plus so much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.




Direct download: Episode_202_Frank_Mitloehner.mp3
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I love discussing meat and protein consumption with other women! Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a functional medicine physician with a background in Human Nutrition. Her background in medicine and nutrition makes her uniquely qualified to speak about the intersection of the food we eat and our health.

Dr. Lyon supports animal-sourced foods as a part of a healthy diet and encourages her patients to build quality muscle mass as a way to improve metabolism, stave off chronic illnesses, and protect against signs of aging.

Episode Credits:

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

Patrons get access to ad-free podcasts, exclusive videos, and a discussion community plus so much more. Go to sustainabledish.com/join to support my work.


Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_201_Dr_Gabrielle_Lyon.mp3
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My long-time friend, Liz Wolfe is on the podcast for a catch-up. Liz has been involved in the health and wellness field for over a decade. She is an author, podcaster, skin care authority, course creator, and self-described “professional question-asker.” 

Listen in as Liz and I chat about where our work has taken us over the years and share real truths about running a business in the online world. Then check out Liz’s podcast, Liz Talks where she covers everything from food to family in a way only Liz can.

Episode Credits:

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


Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_200_Liz_Wolfe_-_no_ads.mp3
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Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine with real, front-line experience in working with populations with limited resources.  Mark has been instrumental in establishing programs that help to level the playing field for these folks.

Listen in to find out more about these programs and about his work in pediatric obesity.

Episode Credits:

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

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_199_Mark_Cucuzzella_-_no_ads.mp3
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Ben Coerper is co-owner of Wild Harmony Farm with his wife, Rachel Slattery. Wild Harmony Farm is a regenerative operation featured in my film Sacred Cow.

Ben is on the podcast to give us an update on farm operations and new life events since his appearance in the film.

Episode Credits:

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

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_198_Wild_Harmony_Farm.mp3
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Heartbreak and emotional pain are universal human experiences and emotional well-being is closely tied to physical health.  Florence Williams, author of Heartbreak, approaches emotional pain through a scientific lens by using well-researched methods to heal from the pain she experienced after her 25-year marriage ended. 

Episode Credits:

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

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_196_Florence_Williams.mp3
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It’s time for another catch-up with my friend and co-author of Sacred Cow, Robb Wolf.

Robb and I chat about our upcoming projects and the latest topics that have piqued our interest. 

Episode Credits:

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

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

 

Direct download: Episode_196_Fireside_Chat_with_Robb.mp3
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Do you want to hunt but don’t know how? Human Nature Hunting is an organization that teaches people hunting and other survival skills in an approachable way. 

Bruce McGlenn, owner of Human Nature Hunting, and his partner, Sarah Long are the guests on today’s show. Bruce is a life-long hunter while prior to meeting Bruce, Sarah was a vegetarian for 12 years. Their story is fascinating and many of my listeners will connect with Sarah’s ongoing journey with pushing her comfort levels.

Human Nature Hunting hosts a variety of courses all year long so if you are looking to improve your hunting skills, check them out.

Episode Credits:

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

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_195_Human_Nature_Hunting.mp3
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It’s time to get back to basics! It’s easy to get caught up in the latest advancements and headlines related to health and sustainability but one of the simplest things you can do for yourself and the planet is to cook at home. 

In this episode, Cait Mizzi, a functional nutritionist, joins my co-host James Connolly to chat about the fundamentals of cooking and kitchen set-up. They also share tips for making a great home-cooked meal.

Episode Credits:

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

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism.

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_194_Cait_Mizzi.mp3
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Cancer is scary! And given the grim cancer statistics, it is likely that most of us will face our own cancer scare at some point in our lives, making this episode a must-listen. 

Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. is an expert in Integrative/Functional Medicine specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. With over 30 years of experience in medical care, Dr. Connealy uses patient-first methodology which requires treatment of the whole person and understanding that each case is unique. 

Tune in to discover the doctor’s advice on the role of healthy lifestyle habits in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Episode Credits:

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

Thank you to Dry Farm Wines for their continued support of my work. They have a great selection of sparkling, whites, rosés, and reds. And when you visit sustainabledish.com/wine you can check out their latest special offer exclusively for listeners of the Sustainable Dish podcast.


Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_193_Leigh_Erin_Connealy.mp3
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If you loved Sacred Cow or are just passionate about the sustainability movement, you are going to love the new film To Which We Belong. The documentary features farmers and ranchers from around the globe that are turning from conventional practices and embracing regenerative agriculture.

On this episode, my co-host, James Connolly interviews Pamela Tanner Boll, director, and Lindsay Richardson, co-director and producer. 

To Which We Belong is available for pre-order now on Apple TV and will release on Amazon, Apple TV, iTunes, GooglePlay, Youtube, and Vudu on May 10, 2022.

Episode Credits:

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

Thank you to Dry Farm Wines for their continued support of my work. They have a great selection of sparkling, whites, rosés, and reds. And when you visit sustainabledish.com/wine you can check out their latest special offer exclusively for listeners of the Sustainable Dish podcast.

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_192_To_Which_We_Belong.mp3
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Frédéric Leroy, PhD is back on the podcast to give us an update on the Global Burden of Disease controversy. As many listeners know, he and his team wrote a letter to the GBD authors requesting evidence to show the justification for the 36-fold increase in deaths attributed to meat consumption. After months of fruitless effort to get their letter published, a response was finally received.

Frédéric and I discuss the recent problematic trend in mainstream media of refusing to present dialogue that counters popular “science” in order to promote the anti-meat narrative. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Episode Credits:

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

Thank you to Dry Farm Wines for their continued support of my work. Their wines are all-natural and low in alcohol which means less of a foggy feeling the next day. They have a great selection of sparkling, whites, rosés, and reds. And when you visit sustainabledish.com/wine you can check out their latest special offer exclusively for listeners of the Sustainable Dish podcast.

Direct download: Episode_191_Frederic_Leroy.mp3
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Alexandra Bregman is a freelance writer, specializing in the art world. Her latest book, The Bouvier Affair: A True Story, centers around, Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev, as the alleged victim of a complex art fraud perpetrated by his art advisor Yves Bouvier.

My co-host, James Connolly interviews Alexandra about the connections between the consolidated wealth in the art world and the power the uber-rich have in many aspects of life. This is something we see in the food landscape - the rich and powerful making decisions that trickle down to everyone. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Episode Credits:

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

Thank you to Dry Farm Wines for their continued support of my work. Their wines are all-natural and low in alcohol which means less of a foggy feeling the next day. Plus, the non-irrigated vineyards force the roots to dig deep in search of water allowing the grapes to absorb extra minerals. Give Dry Farm Wines a try if you’ve given up on wine because of how you feel the next day or if you are simply looking for high-quality, all-natural wine.  They have a great selection of sparkling, whites, rosés, and reds. And when you visit sustainabledish.com/wine you can check out their latest special offer exclusively for listeners of the Sustainable Dish podcast.

Direct download: Episode_190_Alexandra_Bregman.mp3
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Jessie Inchauspe, better known as The Glucose Goddess is on the show today to share science-backed tips and advice on how to improve physical and mental health. 

Her information is based on years of diving into the research and self-experimenting to translate what works into actionable and accessible steps for anyone. Many of the steps are so simple, that you can start doing them today. 

Episode resources and transcripts are available at www.sustainabledish.com

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

Thank you to Dry Farm Wines for their continued support of my work. Their wines are all-natural and low in alcohol which means less of a foggy feeling the next day. Plus, the non-irrigated vineyards force the roots to dig deep in search of water allowing the grapes to absorb extra minerals. Give Dry Farm Wines a try if you’ve given up on wine because of how you feel the next day or if you are simply looking for high-quality, all-natural wine.  They have a great selection of sparkling, whites, rosés, and reds. And when you visit sustainabledish.com/wine you can check out their latest special offer exclusively for listeners of the Sustainable Dish podcast.

Direct download: Episode_189_Jessie_Inchauspe.mp3
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My co-host James Connolly turns the tables on the host of the Food and Faith podcast, Derrick Weston after James was a guest on Food and Faith. 

While it seems on the surface that religion may not relate to food and sustainability, Derrick argues that this couldn’t be further from the truth. The bible was written in the midst of an agrarian society with many of the lessons centering around food and feeding people.

Derrick finds that food is often the simplest entry point to difficult conversations. Everyone eats so it is one of the few things that unifies everyone in the world. Listen in as James and Derrick tackle some of the challenging subjects that come up around food and social justice.

Episode resources and transcript are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Direct download: Episode_188_Derrick_Weston.mp3
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Melissa Urban is back on the podcast to talk about the new Plant-Based Whole30. Most of you know the Whole30 as a real-food 30-day challenge that helps you discover the foods that work best for your body. 

Now, Melissa and her team have thoughtfully created a framework to help people that are plant-based, healthfully self-experiment with this way of eating - which I fully support. 


Episode resources and transcript are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Episode Credits:

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

Direct download: Episode_187_Melissa_Urban.mp3
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Brandon Howley of Happy Hollow Ranch is back on the podcast to chat with my co-host, James Connolly about life on a working ranch and raising grass-fed, grass-finished cows. Brandon talks about transitioning during COVID, combating misinformation, and going through the recent ice storm in Texas.

Episode resources and transcript are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Episode Credits:

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

A big thanks to  Microbiome Plus+ for sponsoring the podcast. As many of you know, I'm celiac and have very sensitive guts. And I recently tried their pro and prebiotic combo and have consistently felt amazing since taking it. I now highly recommend it to my nutrition clients who need probiotic support. And there's also some pretty solid scientific papers showing how Microbiome Plus can help with Vitamin D absorption and for improving cholesterol levels. So if you're looking for a new probiotic, give it a try for yourself. You can visit sustainable dish.com/biome  and use code DIANA for 15% off sitewide. 

Direct download: Episode_186_Brandon_Howley.mp3
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Lucy Hendricks is a coach, speaker, and co-owner of Enhancing Life Gym in Lexington, KY. Everyone has that friend or loved one who hates the gym, doesn’t like to work out, or only breaks a sweat on doctor’s orders. These folks are Lucy’s specialty. She meets people where they are in their fitness journey and helps people gain strength in order to improve their daily life.

Recently, Lucy has been challenging her members to eat more protein and the results have been amazing. On this episode, Lucy is sharing some of their success stories.

Episode resources and transcript are available at www.sustainabledish.com

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

A big thanks to  Microbiome Plus for their support of today's podcast. As many of you know, I'm celiac and have very sensitive guts. And I recently tried their pro and prebiotic combo and have consistently felt amazing since taking it. I now highly recommend it to my nutrition clients who need probiotic support. And there's also some pretty solid scientific papers showing how Microbiome Plus can help with Vitamin D absorption and for improving cholesterol levels. So if you're looking for a new probiotic, give it a try for yourself. You can visit sustainable dish.com/biome  and use code DIANA for 15% off sitewide. 

Direct download: Episode_185_Lucy_Hendricks.mp3
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In this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Pran Yoganathan, a gastroenterologist based in Sidney, Australia. As the director of The Centre for Gastrointestinal Health, he is taking a unique approach to achieving health for his patients.

In our conversation, we get into how healthcare has become disease management, the elitist nature of plant-based diets, the corporatization of food, and much more.

Episode resources and transcript are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Episode Credits:

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

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. This is a tool I personally use and recommend to people I work with. It’s helped me figure out what foods spike my blood sugar and which ones keep me level. I can also see how certain tricks like walks after a meal affect my body. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if they go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. This is a must-have tool for anyone interested in personalizing their nutrition. 

Direct download: Episode_184_Dr_Pran_Yoganathan_.mp3
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Picture walking into any grocery store and the shelves are filled with a variety of products and foods for you to choose from (at least in the US, Canada, and most of Europe pre-pandemic). It gives you the impression that you have great diversity and choice in what you eat, right?

Our guest on the podcast today is Dan Saladino, a prominent BBC food journalist, who just wrote a book that proves your impression may be wrong. 

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them is an exploration into how the structure and globalization of our food system have caused a loss of food diversity and traditional food cultures. The resulting food monoculture brings with it staggering costs like a lack of resilience in the face of climate change, pests, and parasites that threaten our health and the health of the planet.

Just take a look at these examples:

The source of much of the world’s seeds is mostly in the control of just four corporations. 

Ninety-five percent of milk consumed in the United States comes from a single breed of cow. 

Half of all the world’s cheese is made with bacteria or enzymes made by one company.

One in four beers drunk around the world is the product of one brewer.

My co-host, James Connolly chats with Dan about why he felt compelled to write a book that shines a light on the issue of food extinction and why it’s currently relevant in today’s world. 

Listen in as they cover:

Dan’s background and how he found the topic of endangered foods

The history of seed hunting and seed saving

The worldwide effects of colonialism

How an accidental American cheesemaker saves an iconic British cheese

Why advanced technology in agriculture isn’t all bad

The impacts of the 2008 economic crisis on agriculture

Episode resources and transcript are available at www.sustainabledish.com

Connect with Dan:

Radio Show: The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4  

Instagram: @dan.saladino

Twitter: @DanSaladinoUK

LinkedIn: Dan Saladino

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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 Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. This is a tool I personally use and recommend to people I work with. It’s helped me figure out what foods spike my blood sugar and which ones keep me level. I can also see how certain tricks like walks after a meal affect my body. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if they go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. This is a must-have tool for anyone interested in personalizing their nutrition. 

 

Direct download: Episode_183_Dan_Saladino.mp3
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Do you ever wish that you could know how specific foods impact your energy, sleep, mood, or overall health? And better yet, know in real-time so you can take actionable steps to get the outcome you want? 

A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) might just be the solution you are looking for. For most of their existence, these tools have only been available to those diagnosed with poorly managed diabetes. So, in other words, once there was already a problem.

My guest for this episode, Josh Clemente, who when seeking answers to his own health questions, found this barrier to be frustrating and confusing.  Why should you need permission or wait to have a problem in order to get information about your own body? Josh channeled these feelings and created Levels, a CGM available to the general public.

Josh says “the intention of Levels is to generate metabolic awareness” and understand how all your individual choices affect you and use that to piece together tactics to achieve your goals. 

I don’t typically dedicate an entire podcast episode to a single product unless it is one I truly love. Levels have given me insight into how the foods I eat and the context in which they are eaten, effects me. Plus, it gives me accountability at the same time as liberation. I can eat more carbs than I thought and find ways to fit in occasional ice cream (or tequila!).

Listen in to find out more about CGMs and bio-individuality as Josh and I talk about:

- How Levels started and Josh’s struggle to find out information about his own body

- Why healthcare (or rather, sickcare) needs engineers

- The need for a paradigm shift from one of “symptom care” to one that enables people with feedback to make informed choices

- Why the focus should be on metabolic dysfunction rather than specific diseases

- What leads to metabolic dysfunction and why context matters

- The importance of closed feedback loops in making decisions

- Why you should pair salsa dancing with your margaritas

- What the future holds for Levels

Resources:

Lily Nichols, RD

Robb Wolf

Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

Freestyle Libre 

Dexcom G6

Marty Kendall

CDC stats on diabetes

Weitzman Institute Study on CGMs

Gretchen Rubin and The Four Tendencies Quiz

Glucose Goddess

Connect with Josh:

Website: Levels

Instagram: @levels

Twitter: @levels

LinkedIn: Josh Clemente

Podcast: LEVELS - A Whole New Level

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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 Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

Direct download: Episode_182_Josh_Clemente.mp3
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On this episode on the podcast, we are taking another deep dive into the importance of nutrition for fertility and pregnancy. While women often shoulder the responsibility of all things related to preconception and birth, my guest today, Ayla Barmmer, MS, RDN, LDN says that nutrition in men during this time is just as critical.

For over 15 years, Ayla has been advancing the health and empowerment of thousands of clients, patients, peers, and mentees, at the intersection of nutritional science, functional medicine, and evidence-based holistic solutions.

Ayla and I have a special connection in that as I was completing my dietetic internship, she was one of my preceptors. And I continue to be impressed with all that she has accomplished in her career as a registered dietitian.

Ayla owns and operates Boston Functional Nutrition, an integrative and functional nutrition multi-clinician practice that specializes in women’s health and infertility. She is also the founder of FullWell, a fertility wellness brand, widely endorsed by a diversity of health practitioners for its quality and education. 

And that’s not all! Ayla founded the Women’s Health Nutrition Practice Group and co-founded the Women’s Health Nutrition Academy with recent podcast guest, Lily Nichols, RD.

Despite her very busy professional life, she has taken time out to chat about all things “real-food” as it relates to pregnancy and fertility. Her passion truly shows as we cover:

- Why preconception nutrition is so important

- The importance of men’s fertility health in preconception

- How oxidative stress impacts men’s fertility health

- Why Ayla started making supplements and how they are different from other supplements on the market

- Important nutrients to look out for during preconception and pregnancy

- The difference in nutrient forms

Even if this isn’t the phase of life you are in or simply not interested in becoming pregnant, this episode still has important takeaways for anyone who uses supplements. Plus, fertility is a sign of health so it’s important to have it even if you don’t use it. 

Resources:

FullWell Supplements

Sustainable Dish Episode 179: Ty Beal, PhD

Alya’s blog post about iron

Sustainable Dish Episode 178: Lily Nichols, RD

Sacred Cow

Nordic Naturals

New Chapter Wholemega

Urban Moonshine Calm Tummy Bitters

Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols, RD

Connect with Ayla:

Website: Full Well Fertility and Boston Functional Nutrition

Instagram: @fullwellfertility and @aylabarmmer_rd

LinkedIn: Ayla Barmmer, MS, RD, LDN

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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 Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. This is a tool I personally use and recommend to people I work with. It’s helped me figure out what foods spike my blood sugar and which ones keep me level. I can also see how certain tricks like walks after a meal affect my body. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how food you eat affects your metabolism. This is a must-have tool for anyone interested in personalizing their nutrition.

Direct download: Episode_181_Ayla_Barmmer.mp3
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I am popping in your feed for a special episode. NYC schools just announced that in addition to their Meatless Mondays, they will now be serving all vegan meals on Fridays.

As you may imagine, I am pushing back hard on this. To discuss the problematic policy and its consequences, I have the perfect guest, Ede Fox - better known as The Black Carnivore.  Not only does Ede promote a meat-inclusive diet but she also knows firsthand the landscape of New York, its politics, and the children that will be directly impacted by this change.

Listen in to find out more about how taking meat out of schools will have devastating effects on some of the most vulnerable kids. 

Connect with Ede:

Podcast: The Black Carnivore 

YouTube: Black Carnivore

Instagram: @blackcarnivore

Twitter: @edefox

LinkedIn: Ede Fox

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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 Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

Direct download: Sustainable_Dish_Special_Episode_with_Ede_Fox.mp3
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If you’ve been listening for long, then you know I am a big believer in bone broth. From its gut-healing properties to its nutrient-dense profile, bone broth is always something I have around for sipping or adding to recipes. 

I’ve been making my own broth for years but as we all know, sometimes it's nice to have some stocked and ready-to-go in the pantry. Ready-made bone broth is also a good option for those of us that are time-strapped or maybe just intimidated by the whole broth-making process. Believe me - we’ve all been there. 

My favorite shelf-stable bone broth is Fond and Alysa Seeland, founder, and CEO, is on the show today to talk about her story and why she started Fond Bone Broth. Along with the Fond origin story we also chat about:

- The delicious Fond flavors and how they came to be

- Fond’s setbacks and growth over the years

- Tips and tricks for making broth at home (there’s one that even I didn’t know about)

- The outer and inner results from drinking bone broth regularly

If you are a bone broth evangelist or skeptic, this episode is for you so tune in!

Resources:

Weston A Price Foundation

Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions

Sustainable Dish posts on chicken and beef bone broth

Connect with Alysa:

Website: Fond Bone Broth

Instagram: @fondbonebroth

Twitter: @fondbonebroth

LinkedIn: Alysa Seeland

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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 Emily Soape. And of course, we are grateful for our sponsors, Patreon supporters, and listeners.

This episode is sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. This is a tool I personally use and recommend to people I work with. It’s helped me figure out what foods spike my blood sugar and which ones keep me level. I can also see how certain tricks like walks after a meal affect my body. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. This is a must-have tool for anyone interested in personalizing their nutrition. 

Direct download: Episode_180_Alysa_Seeland.mp3
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On this episode, I am joined by Ty Beal, Ph.D., a Research Advisor on the Knowledge Leadership team at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). So he is the perfect person to talk about nutrition at the global level including nutrient deficiencies and how best to address those gaps in different populations around the world. 

We were both in Washington DC presenting at a conference and took advantage of a break in our schedules to have a chat. During this episode, Ty shares the highlights from his talk, “Contributions of Animal-source Foods to Healthy Diets for Improved Nutrition,” which is a topic you all know I am passionate about. 

Ty references his presentation slides during the show and each one is pictured in the website show notes with timestamps so you can follow along, plus there is a downloadable pdf to the full slide deck. For those that want to dive deep into the science, there are also links to the studies he mentions.

For those that just want the good news about including meat in your diet, here are the key takeaways:

- Low consumption of meat and other animal-source foods increase the risk of undernutrition

- Animal-source foods contain unique nutrients and are evolutionarily appropriate for humans

- Meat and other animal-source foods are among the top sources of nutrients commonly lacking, especially among vulnerable groups like young children

- Too little animal-source foods may hinder child growth and development and may not be optimal for longevity

- Meat and animal-source foods are important for healthy diets and are compatible with sustainable diets when produced appropriately

- Meat, eggs, and dairy provide unique essential nutrients important for healthy diets

- Consuming too little animal-source foods worsens diet quality, increasing the risk of nutrient deficiencies and ill-health

Additional Resources:

2019 Burden of Disease Study

The Grocer: Red Meat Health Risks Study is ‘Unreliable’, Claim Scientists 

Sustainable Dish Episode 84 with Frédéric Leroy

Eat-Lancet Diet

20 Ways Eat-Lancet’s Global Diet is Wrongfully Vilifying Meat (Sustainable Dish blog post)

White Oak Pastures Beef and Organ Meat Blend

US Wellness Meats Beef Blend  

Lulun Project

Connect with Ty:

Website: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Twitter: @tyrbeal

LinkedIn: Ty Beal

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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 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 confident 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!


This episode is also being sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. This is a tool I personally use and recommend to people I work with. It’s helped me figure out what foods spike my blood sugar and which ones keep me level. I can also see how certain tricks like walks after a meal affect my body. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. This is a must-have tool for anyone interested in personalizing their nutrition.

Direct download: Episode2017920Ty20Beal.mp3
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Friend and fellow dietitian, Lily Nichols is back to catch us up on what she’s been up to and fill us in on the latest in nutrition research. Since our first episode together, Lily has been busy advocating for updated dietary guidelines, especially as they relate to pregnancy and postpartum. She is the author of two books: Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes. Lily is also the co-founder of Women’s Health Nutrition Academy, an organization dedicated to providing continuing education in women’s health.  

In this episode, Lily and I take a deep dive into all things protein. There is a long-held belief in dietetics that as long as you are getting enough total protein in your diet then your amino acid requirements will be met too.  Lily sets the record straight by pointing to new evidence that shows this simply isn’t true. In fact, the need for the full array of amino acids for children is so important, that deficiencies during certain development periods can cause irreversible problems.

There’s so much to cover in this episode that we actually ran out of time so stay tuned as I’m sure to have Lily on the show again.

Even if you are not pregnant or considering getting pregnant, you’re sure to find something interesting in this episode. Listen in to hear us rant about the need for protein and so much more including:

- Why the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for protein needs an update

- All things B12 

- Cheap nutrient-dense food options

- The need for culturally appropriate nutrition recommendations 

- A thought experiment about the environmental cost of being unhealthy

- Why meat does not have to be grass-fed to be healthy

- Why nutrition professionals need real-world perspective

- Our personal results from continuous glucose monitoring and why everyone should try it

Resources:

Women’s Health Nutrition Academy

Sacred Cow

Research Paper: Animal Source Foods, Rich in Amino Acids Important for Linear Growth and Development of Young Children in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

US News and World Report “Best” Diets

Levels

Lily’s books:

Real Food for Pregnancy 

Real Food for Gestational Diabetes

Lily’s Articles

Protein Requirements in Pregnancy are Higher Than Previously Thought

Vegetarian Diet in Pregnancy: Nutrients of Concern

Choline in Pregnancy: Folate’s Long-Lost Cousin

Budget-Friendly Prenatal Nutrition Following Real Food for Pregnancy Principles

Why Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines Needs to be Updated

Liver and Organ Meat: Nutritional Benefits & How to Make it Palatable

Connect with Lily:

Website: Lily Nichols, RDN

Instagram: @lilynicholsrdn

Twitter: @LilyNicholsRDN

Facebook: Lily Nichols, RDN

LinkedIn: Lily Nichols, RDN

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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 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!


This episode is also being sponsored by Levels, a continuous glucose monitor that gives you individualized insight into your metabolism. This is a tool I personally use and recommend to people I work with. It’s helped me figure out what foods spike my blood sugar and which ones keep me level. I can also see how certain tricks like walks after a meal affect my body. Right now Levels has a waiting list of over 150,000 but they are allowing my listeners to skip the line if you go to sustainabledish.com/levels and sign up. Try it out to see how the food you eat affects your metabolism. This is a must-have tool for anyone interested in personalizing their nutrition.

Direct download: Episode2017820Lily20Nichols.mp3
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Jake Marquez and Maren Morgan are the creators of the forthcoming documentary Death in the Garden, which is their journey to “save the world through embracing the cycles of life and death and changing cultural paradigms.”

These two acknowledge the challenge and complexity of the project they have taken on but have pledged to question everything, remain honest, and uphold the highest levels of integrity.  

It’s inspiring to see members of a younger generation not accept black and white thinking or the latest trendy narrative. Jake and Maren challenge the world-saving stories that have been sold as facts like eating a vegan diet, renewable energy, and recycling plastics. Instead, they view the world holistically and refuse to rely on the system that created our problems to solve them.

Jake and Maren have traveled the world interviewing experts in regenerative farming, human nutrition, carbon, soil, human rights, and the list goes on. You may even recognize some of the experts from the Sustainable Dish Podcast, like Lierre Keith and Nina Teicholz.

My co-host, James Connolly, has gotten to know this team as the producer of the Death in the Garden, and now he is interviewing Jake and Maren on what it was like to make the film.

This in-depth conversation covers:

- How James found Jake and Maren

- Jake’s time as a vegan

- Maren’s involvement with humanitarian projects 

- How the film started out about regenerative agriculture and carbon but they realized it needed to be about more

- The problems with renewable energy sources

- Embracing death as part of the story

- How industrial civilization treats life like a commodity

- The next steps for Death in the Garden

Resources:

Interview with Lierre Keith

Interview with Nina Teicholz

Interview with Derrick Jenson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson

Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition

30x30

COP26

Thacker Pass

 

Connect with Jake and Maren:

Website: Death in the Garden

Podcast: Death in the Garden

Instagram: @deathinthegarden

Twitter: @death_thegarden

Support their work: substack and Patreon

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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 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: Episode2017720Jake20and20Maren20.mp3
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We’ve all heard about the microbiome and how important it is to human health. But have you thought about the microbiome of animals? Native Microbials is an innovative company that specializes in optimizing the gut bacteria of animals including cattle, chickens, and even your pets!

My guest today is Mallory Embree, Chief Science Officer at Native MIcrobials. She along with her co-founder, Mike Seely, started Native Microbials in 2015 to produce the next generation of feed supplements to improve the health, productivity, and sustainability of animals with microbes that are native to them.

Mallory’s love of microbes comes across as we chat about:

- How Native Microbials started

- What microbes can do for animals

- What the microbiome actual is

- Antibiotic resistance Native Microbials products can help

- How Native Microbials is different than just a probiotic

- The process for finding the best microbes

- The promising data on reduction in methane production

- How Native Microbials may impact the cell-based meat industry

Resources:

Robert Hungate

Research Paper: The Western Diet–Microbiome-Host Interaction and Its Role in Metabolic Disease

Connect with Mallory:

Website: Native Microbials

Email: mallory@nativemicrobials.com

LinkedIn: Mallory Embree

Instagram: @arksusdaily and @galaxis_native

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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 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: Episode2017620Mallory20Embree.mp3
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

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.

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

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.

 

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.

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

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.

 

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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

 

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.

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

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.

 

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.

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

“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 EDT

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 EDT

My co-producer of Sacred Cow, James Connolly, chats with Benjamin Lorr, author of the #1 Best Seller, "The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket."

 

They discuss our current food system in the context of his latest book. What began as an interest in the unique success of Trader Joe's evolved into an immersion into the trucking industry and why they call their job "sharecropping on wheels," what it takes to bring a product to shelves, the abuse within fishing industries, how our status has tentacles in our consumption of material goods, the foods we eat, and the information we learn, and more.

 

It's a conversation that just might change your perspective towards your grocery shopping experience and question your consumption.

 

Be sure to check out Benjamin on his website and read his books "The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket" and "Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga."

 

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.

Direct download: Episode_127_Benjamin_Orr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am EDT

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There’s a lot of choices for “better” beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who’ve perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you’re looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code “2BUYBLUENEST” for 15% off your first order!

 

This episode was also 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.

Direct download: Episode_126_The_Well.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

We often hear from farmers and ranchers after they've realized their dream operation, but rarely do we hear from them in those first steps, in the infancy of making their dream a reality.

 

In today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I chat with Rachael and James Stewart about their journey from fitness trainers to farmers in Douglas, Arizona.

 

What began as a means to invest at the onset of the pandemic, blossomed into a plan to develop Southwest Black Ranchers, a food distributor that ships directly to families and restaurants, with two goals: feed 1,000 people every month and increase Black representation in agriculture.

 

We discuss how their dream began, their backgrounds in fitness, why real meat is healthier and more accessible than fake meat, their learning experiences thus far, and their plans for the future. We also talk about how many farmers that we see or hear about don't often share the hard work, money, and sacrifice that has helped many farmers get started and how we can create more realistic conversations about the grit and dedication to taking a farming dream to reality.

 

Rachael tells of her experience raising animals with 4-H as a teen and how she's applying the resourcefulness of the farmers she's learning from in Food for Mzansi.

 

James "Stu" shares his experience as a professional bodybuilder and his plans to host fitness retreats on their farm, his complete immersion into farm life, and how their kids and family is adapting to rural life.

 

They're currently raising funds on GoFundMe to support their mission to support nature and increase health and diversity in farming through Southwest Black Farmers. Check out their campaign here and follow them on their website, Instagram, or Facebook.

 

This conversation is inspiring for anyone on the fence about starting their own food operation and/or working to increase representation in agriculture. Be sure to give it a listen!

 

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.

Direct download: Episode_125_Southwest_Black_Ranchers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

There is a lot of talk about restoring ecosystems through agriculture to address a long list of issues like climate change, the loss of wildlife habitat, water quality, and historically low farm incomes. But what does that effort really look like? Unless you earn a degree in ecosystem sciences, most of us are only equipped with basic high school biology, giving us a limited understanding of some of these concepts.

 

In this episode, Steve Apfelbaum, the senior ecologist at Applied Ecological Services (AES), an ecological sciences and restoration firm in the US tells us about his work that focuses on ecosystem restoration and land management, putting back into the land what was taken from the land like healthy soil as well as plant and animal communities.

 

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There’s a lot of choices for “better” beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who’ve perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you’re looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code “2BUYBLUENEST” for 15% off your first order!

Direct download: Episode_124_Applied_Eco_Steve_Apfellbaum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

Farming is hard, but for folks who have a burning desire to farm, Nicole Scott, livestock manager at the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, says, "Go for it!"

 

In today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, my co-host, Lauren Stine, chats with Nicole about her journey from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to her education at Cornell University to her many farming experiences that led her to become Glynwood's livestock manager.

 

They discuss the ever-changing tasks of being a farmer, why aspiring farmers should rethink starting their farm with goats, and how we (as allies and members of the BIPOC community) can diversify our food system and work to overcome racial injustice in life and in agriculture.

 

This episode is a must-listen for anyone thinking about starting to farm, farmers or food producers who can relate to the therapeutic experience of letting out an energized yell in the middle of an empty pasture, or anyone thinking of adding goats to their livestock operation.

 

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.

Direct download: Episode_123_Nicole_Scott_-_Glynwood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

Have you thought about starting a farm?

 

If so, this episode with Annemarie Sullivan of @sullifarmandkitchen is for you.

 

Annemarie is a 23-year-old regenerative farmer in Northeast Texas.

 

What bloomed out of a deep love for nutrition and food, she started farming in 2016 with a few Nigerian Dwarf Goats, opened Sullifarm & Kitchen in 2018, and is now regenerating over 50 acres of land.

 

My co-host, Lauren Stine, @whitehoofacres and Annemarie discuss the ins and outs of bootstrapping a small farm, sustaining a profitable, yet regenerative operation, and the many challenges she and other beginner farmers experience in the early years.

 

From financing to species selection to farming as a young female, Lauren and Annemarie cover many important topics for any aspiring farmer.

 

Be sure to check out Annemarie and Sullifarm & Kitchen and give this episode a listen.

 

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There’s a lot of choices for “better” beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who’ve perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you’re looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code “2BUYBLUENEST” for 15% off your first order!

 

Thanks, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Episode_122_-_Sullifarm__Kitchen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

Ben is a farmer in the UK and came out as a young adult to his family, who were all incredibly supportive. I spoke with Ben about his life, his experience as a gay farmer, and what he's doing to tell the positive story of how LGTBQ+ people can live a happy, productive life in farming. He is a beam of light, and I highly encourage you to give his feed a follow. He also started AgRespect, an organization to help others feel comfortable with their sexual orientation in rural communities. This past year, I lost my brother Evan on Valentine's Day. He was a member of the LGTBQ+ community, so this was an especially emotional interview for me.

 

Follow Ben on Instagram and be sure to check out AgRespect to learn what they're doing and how to get involved.

 

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There's a lot of choices for "better" beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who've perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you're looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code "2BUYBLUENEST" for 15% off your first order!

 

Thanks, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Episode_121_Ben_Andrews.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

The colonization and industrialization of our food system have wreaked havoc on our environment and health, but what's often untold about this system is the trauma Indigenous communities experienced throughout the history of this extractive expansion.

 

In this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I sit down with Sanjay Rawal, the director of the new film, Gather, "an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide."

 

We discuss his journey into filmmaking (his first film, Food Chains, about migrant agricultural labor in the U.S., is a must-see), how he, as a non-native, fostered a deep sense of collaboration with the First Nations Development Institute in efforts to genuinely portray the native characters in the film, why Indigenous land stewardship holds the solutions to the restoration and regeneration our soils need, and how the development of our connections to the land and the foods that make us who we are can not only restore food sovereignty, but also our health, culture, environment, and more.

 

Gather is a beautiful film and a collection of stories infused with history, reclamation, and hope. It's also a portrait showing us solutions that have always been here: Indigenous land stewardship, or what we non-natives are now calling regenerative agriculture.

 

To learn more about and watch Gather, visit the website and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

 

To make an impact to support the First Nations Development Institute, visit their website here.

 

This was a joy to record! I hope you enjoy it, too!

 

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There's a lot of choices for "better" beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who've perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you're looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code "2BUYBLUENEST" for 15% off your first order!

 

Thanks, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Episode_120_Sanjay_Rawal_of_Gather_Film.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

In this episode of the podcast, we talk with David LeZaks, a senior fellow at the Croatan Institute, about his work in regenerative agriculture finance. Croatan Institute is an independent, nonprofit research institute whose mission is to harness the power of investment for social good and ecological resilience by working at the critical nexus where sustainability, finance, and economic development intersect.

 

Fortunately, some investors are taking a more altruistic approach to how they invest their cash. Sometimes referred to as impact investment, more and more investors are only investing money where the project matches a specific set of goals or values like environmental rehabilitation or local food.

 

A new regenerative ag-dedicated venture capital investment firm called Soilworks recently launched and acquired grazing management software service PastureMap as its first investment, for example. 


David talks about some of his recent work identifying barriers for small and medium-scale livestock producers due to Covid-19 in an effort to identify key pain points where investment is needed. He was also involved in producing the Soil Wealth report, which surveyed the landscape to identify existing investment vehicles for regenerative agriculture and opportunities to expand them.

 

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There's a lot of choices for "better" beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who've perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you're looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code "2BUYBLUENEST" for 15% off your first order!

 

Thanks, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Episode_119_David_LeZacks_Croatan_Institute.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

In today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, a Professor of Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Florida, to talk about his research and the many roles that livestock play in a nutritious, ethical, and sustainable food system.

 

Dr. Adesogan's work in developing communities focuses on improving livestock production and educating the public of the importance of animal products in a nutritious diet.

 

His work shows that improving the nutrition of one person helps mend the fabric of society and that is greatly influenced by the inclusion and productivity of livestock.

 

When we improve livestock, folks can afford more meat, milk, and eggs in their diet.

 

With more meat, milk, and eggs in their diet, they improve the nutrition of their children.

 

When the diets of children are improved, the children's growth, development, and disease-resistance improves.

 

When these children are healthy, they perform better in school, which can have huge implications on their future, their families, and extended families.

 

It's quite amazing and we dive into it all.

Direct download: Episode_118_Dr_Adegbola_Adesogan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

My guest on this episode is Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, who is an Indian Public Health doctor, writer, researcher, and advocate of the right to health and the right to food, particularly in the marginalized communities in India. In this episode, we talk about:

  • Causes of malnutrition in India, including the political and cultural denial of nutritious animal foods to members of their communities.
  • How 80% of India actually eats animal foods and it’s a dangerous myth that it is a vegetarian country.
  • How the EAT-Lancet group and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are propagating (and profiting from) this myth at the expense of the country.
  • Role of dominant social classes and how they influence cultural foods, traditional eating, and food policies.
  • The protein restrictions in school children's diets and how it affects them as they grow.
  • How most of India's beef is raised by small pastoralists on small parcels of land.
  • How eating beef has resulted in lynching and murder and likely skewed nutrition survey results.
  • And her current research and how we can support better science.

We reference her Right to Food Campaign, and discuss these articles:

Despite Nutrition Benefits, Most BJP States Keep Eggs out of Mid-Day Meals
Akshaya Patra imposing vegetarian food mono culture on children
Taboos around serving eggs in mid-day meals need to go
India is Not a 'Vegetarian Country' Like the EAT-Lancet Report Would Have Us Believe
The Meaning of India's 'Beef Lynchings'

Sylvia can be found at:

Blog – https://drsylviakarpagam.wordpress.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/sakie339

This episode is brought to you by Blue Nest Beef. There's a lot of choices for "better" beef out there and the folks at Blue Nest Beef are grassfed pioneers who've perfected all the steps it takes to make better beef even better. Not only is their beef delicious, but it comes exclusively from American ranchers who have been certified by the National Audubon Society as ranchers who are regenerating our land and bird habitats. If you're looking for better beef, visit their website here and use the discount code "2BUYBLUENEST" for 15% off your first order!

Thanks, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Episode_117_Dr._Sylvia_Kapagam.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

​"No cow, no grass, no birds," says Marshall Johnson, Vice President of the National Audubon Society and Executive Director of Audubon Dakota and Audubon Conservation Ranching.

 

In this episode, we discuss Marshall's calling to birds and the prairies, the great influence of our indigenous populations on our past, present, and future grasslands, how birds are a strong indicator of the health of an ecosystem, and how we, as conservationists, along with well-managed cattle can call on our nation's history to restore our soils.

Direct download: Episode_116_Marshall_Johnson_Audubon_Society.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

With the ongoing pandemic, small and midsize farmers have been looking for new and creative ways to get their products into consumers' hands. For Bart and Wendy Morris of Missoula-based Oxbow Cattle Company, that question was already on their minds many years ago.


The duo constructed a store on their ranch property called the F2M, or farm to market store, that operates entirely based on the honor system. The Morris’ restock the freezers and let shoppers peruse, pick, and pay all on their own. The system may make some farmers weary for potential theft, but so far the F2M has been nothing but a benefit.

 

We discuss their backgrounds, advice to farmers getting started, what they wish more farmers knew, and more! Be sure to keep up with Bart & Wendy on Instagram where they share daily scenes from ranchlife, usually on horseback. And if you’re ever near Missoula make sure to put the F2M on your agenda.

Direct download: Episode_115_Bart__Wendy_Morris_of_Oxbow_Cattle_Co.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

It’s not uncommon these days to hear about someone ditching city life to try their hand at farming. For Edlin Choi, leaving the city behind was a no brainer. After working for a variety of startups in both San Francisco and New York, Edlin found himself presented with an ideal opportunity to see his farm dreams come to life. Telling your family and friends that you are leaving your tech job and life in the city to start your journey to becoming a farmer can be daunting however. Edlin shares with us how he went about breaking the news and how he dealt with a bit of skepticism from his family regarding his choice.

Direct download: Episode_114_Edlin_Choi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Pilar Egüez Guevara, PhD is director and founder of Comidas que Curan, an independent education initiative to promote the value of traditional foods through research and film. Her documentary Raspando coco (Scraping coconuts) received several awards and was presented at film festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan. You can find her on instagram.com/raspando_coco and facebook.com/comidasquecuran.com.ec

Direct download: Episode_113_Pilar_Eguez_Guevara.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Jon Venus is a physique athlete based in Norway. Over the past 5 years, he's become a prominent vegan influencer on YouTube, Instagram, and his own coaching community, yet recently has made the decision to incorporate animal products into his diet in an ethical, sustainable way. In this episode, we discuss his experience transitioning away from veganism, the reactions from his family and his community, and his intentions to eat more locally and sustainably.

Direct download: Episode_112_Jon_Venus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

In this episode of Sustainable Dish, we chat with Brandon Howley of Happy Hollow Beef, a multi-generation ranch in East Texas outside of Dallas. The founder of Happy Hollow is Chuck Howley, an NFL star who is heralded by many as one of the greatest linebackers in Dallas Cowboys history. After serving in the military, Brandon returned to the family ranch.

 

One of Brandon’s first goals for the family ranch was to explore grass-finished beef and direct marketing to local consumers. Although transitioning to grass-finished beef may seem like a matter of simply changing what the cattle eat, it can be a far more complex process.

Direct download: Episode_111_Happy_Hollow_Ranch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

In the latest episode of the podcast, Lauren interviews shepherdess, Jacqueline Smith, of Central Grazing Company. They discuss raising sheep, creating a 100% traceable leather supply chain, and how we, as consumers, can learn that farmers not only regenerate ecosystems, but can also provide food, clothing, and community.

Direct download: Central_Grazing_Co_6.9.20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

This pandemic has highlighted many weaknesses in our global food system, including food shortages and the need for more resilient, local food systems. For one artisanal cheese maker in the North East, however, these problems created a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how local food can solve pandemic-related food supply problems.

 

In today’s podcast, we speak with Pete Messmer, Head Cheesemaker at Lively Run Dairy in Interlaken, NY, about how Coronavirus has affected his business. The farm processes milk from roughly 600 goats from around the area into a variety of artisanal cheeses that it supplies to local restaurants as well as producing cow’s milk cheese.

Direct download: Lively_Run_Dairy_5.19.20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

The regenerative agriculture movement advocates for new ways to raise crops and livestock but what about the supply chain? In this episode of Sustainable Dish, we chat with Sam Garwin, a regenerative food business consultant whose role in the food system reaches far beyond consulting.

 

Take a listen to learn more about Garwin’s personal journey from vegetarianism and software sales to her life now as a meat-eater and butcher, working with big food companies, and a little daydreaming about what our ideal regenerative food system would look like.

Direct download: Episode_108_-_Sam_Garwin_-_5.5.20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

Regenerative ranching is a balance between agriculture and nature, using mindful restoration methods and making space for the wild.

 

In the latest podcast, Lauren speaks with Doniga Markegard, a wildlife tracker, regenerative rancher at Markegard Family Grassfed and author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild and Wolf Girl: Finding Myself in the Wild.

 

They discuss how to retain, protect, and restore the wild spaces around them while nurturing the "wildness" that's innate within each of us and the habitats we influence.

Direct download: Doniga_Markegard_on_Ranching_Motherhood__Reconnecting_with_Nature.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

In this episode, we talk to Jamie Ager of Hickory Nut Gap Farms outside of Asheville, North Carolina.

 

Jamie and his team at Hickory Nut Gap have created many of their own supply chain systems to keep their farm running, growing, and accessible to their community. We dive into how regenerative agriculture goes beyond regenerating soil and our climate and regenerates consumers' connection to their food, educates them to the costs of food production, the challenges farmers face and how they can be a part of the process for supporting better meat.

 

If you're a farmer looking to diversify your profits and connect with your customers or if you're a customer interested in the inner-workings of a regenerative farm, this episode is for you!

 

Learn more about Hickory Nut Gap here, and be sure to listen to our other episodes here.

Direct download: Jamie_Ager_-_Hickory_Nut_Gap_Podcast_4.7.20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT