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

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    • 4.3 • 106 Ratings

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

    Is Kernza the climate-friendly answer to wheat?

    Is Kernza the climate-friendly answer to wheat?

    Wheat feeds billions but it has some big climate problems. Wheat production degrades the soil, which releases carbon. It also requires a lot of land. That means clearing land—often forest—to make room for it, which also releases carbon. Plus, wheat harms ecosystems: fertilizer runoff causes water pollution, and monoculture hurts biodiversity.

    One alternative? Kernza. Developed over decades by the Land Institute, it’s a perennial relative of wheat that sequesters carbon with its massive root system. But does its carbon-sequestering power make it truly climate-friendly?
     
    This week, Mike and Tamar talk about Kernza and the decades-long movement to domesticate the holy grail of grains: a crop that not only produces high yields but also improves the environment.

    To leave a message for Mike and Tamar, call the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode. 

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    • 42 min
    Rowan Jacobsen on Wild Chocolate and the Climate cost of Cacao

    Rowan Jacobsen on Wild Chocolate and the Climate cost of Cacao

    It’s no secret that chocolate is a sweet loved by pretty much everyone (well, everyone except Tamar). Here in the states, the average American eats about 12 pounds of chocolate a year, and worldwide we eat eight million tons of it annually. Unfortunately, our obsession with chocolate comes with a high carbon footprint. It also often creates terrible labor conditions for the communities who cultivate it.

    This week, Mike and Tamar speak with Rowan Jacobsen — author, journalist, and host of the podcast “OBSESSIONS: Wild Chocolate” — to discuss how we make chocolate in a way that’s good for the planet and people. 

    Full transcript here.

    To leave a message for Mike and Tamar, call the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode. 

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    • 53 min
    New Year’s Mailbag! Plastics, precision agriculture, grains, and more

    New Year’s Mailbag! Plastics, precision agriculture, grains, and more

    It’s a new year, and that means a new stream of voicemails filling up our listener hotline. This week Mike and Tamar kick things off by answering questions about the impact of food packaging, the scope of precision agriculture, lamb and goat meat compared to beef, and much more. They also share some of their predictions for what 2023 will bring in the worlds of nutrition and climate.

    It’s the mailbag episode! And it won’t be the last, so keep your questions about food and climate change coming. 

    To leave a message for Mike and Tamar, call the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode. 

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    • 54 min
    YouTube's Hank Green is ready for lab-grown nuggets

    YouTube's Hank Green is ready for lab-grown nuggets

    This week on the show, internet sensation Hank Green talks with Mike and Tamar about the future of cell-based meat. Hank lives in Montana, which is hardcore ranching country. It’s a place where beef is king, cowboys are real and pickup trucks are the norm. But he’s convinced that the future of meat looks a lot different than it does today. And Mike and Tamar agree. 
    But there are huge hurdles to overcome before the majority of us sit down to cell-based steaks at the dinner table. Scaling up bio reactors in a way that maintains sterility is complicated; making cell-based meat that’s affordable to the general public is a long way out; and changing the “ick” mindset around cell-based meat will take a monumental cultural shift.
    But despite all that, Hank predicts he’ll be eating cell-based nuggets by 2030 and loving them. 

    Click here for a full transcript of the episode.
    Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Never heard of first-hand food? Ask Tamar

    Never heard of first-hand food? Ask Tamar

    Mike and Tamar talk a lot about eating better for our bodies and our planet. They’ve tackled meat versus plants, processed food versus whole food, cow milk versus almond milk. They even did a whole episode about the pros and cons of local food. 
    But in this episode, they talk about the ultimate local food, something Tamar calls “first-hand food.” It’s the food we grow, forage, raise, hunt or even fish ourselves; and it’s central to Tamar’s book “To Boldly Grow.”
    In this episode Mike interviews Tamar on how her book came to be and outs himself as a major fan. “To Boldly Grow” is part memoir, part how-to guide. But it’s not just a book about food. It’s about doing stuff; it’s about love and marriage; and it’s available wherever books are sold if you need a last minute holiday gift…
    Resources:

    To Boldly Grow by Tamar Haspel

    Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode. 
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    • 46 min
    Climavores Live: Can we eat right and still save the planet?

    Climavores Live: Can we eat right and still save the planet?

    We want your feedback! Fill out our listener survey for a chance to win a $100 Patagonia gift card.
    In this live recording of Climavores, Mike and Tamar talk with special guest Dr. Marion Nestle, a nutrition and food studies professor at NYU and author of Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. 
    Over her long career, Marion has become one of the leading voices on food, nutrition and politics. Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, with an emphasis on the role of food industry influence. Tamar calls Marion “the premier Nutrition Scientist of the Western World,” and it’s only a slight exaggeration!
    In this episode, Mike, Tamar and Marion dig into why we believe what we do about food and nutrition and explore where eating for the planet is – and isn’t – the same as eating for health.
    Have a question about food and climate change for Mike and Tamar? Leave a message on the Climavores hotline at (508) 377-3449. Or email us at climavores@postscriptaudio.com. We might feature your question on a future episode. 
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

Megan who composts ,

Finally!

I really love this podcast! It really comes down to the hosts, you two have great chemistry. Most of these types of podcasts are guest-based, this format is MUCH better. Keep it up!

MFulton531 ,

Leaves a bad taste

I really wanted to love this podcast - it is exactly the intersection of topics (food and climate) that I am most passionate about and most focused on in my own career. I've tried a handful of episodes, maybe 10-15, and at the end of every one I have this sense of unease in my chest because I just don't get how anyone steeped in this information can say "we can all keep eating animals and still solve climate change". It's irresponsible, hence my unease. It's unintentionally dishonest, bad information.

PConMAC ,

How about interviewing someone with a solution?

Please check out the important work of Will Harris from White Oak Pastures. You can learn of his innovative working answers to the climate and food problems facing the planet.

Things can be turned around. It’s all about producing local food in a sustainable way and rebuilding our soils.

Listen to him on Joe Rogan’s podcast and open your mind.

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