Humankind: Diet - Climate, Part 1

Humankind: Diet - Climate, Part 1

Sun, 04/14/2013 - 9:00pm

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? Diet - Climate, a two-part Humankind presentation airing Sundays, April 14 and April 21 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2,examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change, our food choices can make a difference. Agriculture is a heavy emitter of heat-trapping gases. And in this sound-rich production, listeners will learn that some foods (fruits and vegetables) often have a much lighter environmental footprint than others (meat and dairy). The health benefits of climate-friendly foods are covered. 

In the first hour, airing April 14, award-winning radio documentary maker David Freudberg explores a new movement on hundreds of college campuses for more “sustainable dining,” as well as healthier food choices. And we examine important changes at public school cafeterias under landmark new USDA rules to assure more nutritious school meals. A free downloadable ‘Climate-Friendly Food Guide’ booklet is announced in the program. 

In the second hour, airing April 21, a top public health expert explains the global warming impact of our personal food choices, and we go grocery-shopping with a prominent physician who highlights healthy foods that are also climate-friendly. Then, a visit to the White House vegetable garden and community gardens in Nevada and California, where citizens come together to cultivate both healthy food and a more cohesive local community.