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#63 The time is now for lab-grown meat
About 30% of the word’s total land is used not to grow grains, fruits and vegetables that we directly eat as human beings, but to support the chickens, pigs and cattle that we eventually eat.
And the environmental impact of all this large-scale meat production is having serious implications for the world’s climate. Animal waste releases methane and nitrous oxide, greenhouse gases that are 25 and 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, respectively.
Step forward Illtud Dunsford, CEO of Cellular Agriculture, our guest on this week’s show. He says: There is a better way. And it involves tissue engineering technology, producing the exact same meat but in a laboratory. Enjoy our chat.
#62 Meet the company refusing to accept when a lithium ion battery is ‘dead’
So, this week we get to meet the company refusing to accept when a lithium ion battery is ‘dead’.
Lithium-ion batteries continue to be the technology of choice for all the major consumer gadget players; it's no wonder that the market is set to explode in the next few years. But what happens to these lithium-ion batteries when they reach the end of their life?
This time, we catch up with Amrit Chandan, co-founder of Aceleron, a business that hopes to revolutionise the way people use and think about low-cost energy storage. A business dreamt up by Amrit and his partner and co-founder Carlton Cummins during their lunch breaks working for a management consultancy, it is on a mission to repackage lithium-ion batteries in a way that is safe, cost effective and useful again.
#61 With a little help from friends: How Nestlé plans to solve the global food crisis
This week, we report from inside the HQ of the world's biggest food business, Nestlé to explore a wealth of solutions designed to solve the global nutrition crisis – including contact lenses that can monitor your glucose levels and smart watches that use your doctors' notes to prescribe exactly the right diet.
Around 795 million people go to bed hungry every night, while 2.1 billion people are overweight or obese; something's got to give. Hearing from businesses, NGOs, academics and consumer-bahaviour experts, this special edition of the show delves into the challenges of the food system – and why it is time to act now if we are to sustain 10 billion healthy people on this planet by 2050.
#60 The company making mayo without an egg, butter without a cow
This week, you get the chance to step inside the most talked about business on the planet right now.
Hampton Creek’s CEO Josh Tetrick gives us a flavour of what makes his company tick – from attracting investment to staying true to your mission. Learn how this San Francisco unicorn plans to change the way we eat forever by not appealing to hearts and minds, just making great food.
#59 Responding to human rights: Where to start and how to protect your business
Human rights: It is the one issue that no company wants to be embroiled in – yet a subject that every business is almost certainly exposed to and at risk of. That’s why we’ve dedicated this episode to the subject and we’re super excited to have grabbed Richard Boele, KPMG's head of specialist human rights and social impact group, to appear on the show.
Friday Five - 14 April 2017
Friday Five - 14 April 2017
This is the Better Business Show Friday Five, released at the end of every week and digesting the very best stories from across the world of sustainable business in the last 7 days.
This week, we’re talking about:
- Christina Figueres latest assessment of peak emissions (http://bit.ly/2o9z40T_
- London’s ambitious coffee cup recycling programme (http://bit.ly/2jsrC1I)
- Riversimple's fundraising target being smashed (http://bit.ly/2p031W9)
- H&M wants to become ‘climate positive’ (http://bit.ly/2pwG1Kw)
- How mushrooms might replace sugar in our sweets (http://bit.ly/2oC4S2u)
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I sampled a couple of episodes from the archive - Tony Juniper and Jonathon Porritt - and was both impressed and encouraged to hear some of the good news about sustainability coming from the business community. Tom Idle asks the right questions and allows space for his guests to properly explain the work they are doing. It is great to hear about the positive sustainability outcomes that are taking place, so vital for the long-term future of life on Earth. I have now subscribed and will look forward to following the arc as things develop over the coming years and sustanability takes its rightful place as a fundamental imperative in all business thinking.
Thanks for these Tom - they continue to be informative, insightful and exciting. This is a great platform from which to share and expose progressive businesses and ideas…...
Brilliant new favourite podcast - about businesses doing stuff that matters. Inspiring, informative and right on. Right up there with Seth Godin, Tim Ferris & Do Lectures podcasts!