How food production contributes to climate change and what individuals and the agricultural industry can do to make food production, distribution, and disposal more eco-friendly.
It’s easy to forget that what we eat has a massive impact on global warming and the health of the planet. Take the example of livestock production, which accounts for nearly 70 percent of all agricultural land use and is responsible for nearly a fifth of all greenhouse gas gas emissions. How food is manufactured, what pesticides were used, and how it was transported to market—all of that shapes its contribution to global warming.
In this episode of Heat of the Moment, host John Sutter speaks about circular agriculture and ways to make food production and consumption more sustainable with Ernst van den Ende, the managing director of plant sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Then the reporter Julia Mitric visits a farm in northern California where agricultural waste is being used to feed maggots, which are then being sold as eco-friendly animal feed.
About Heat of the Moment: The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 12-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back. Hosted by CNN contributor John D. Sutter, each episode begins with an interview about a particular aspect of climate change that threatens our planet. The segment is followed by a sound-rich report highlighting one green project somewhere around the world—from Ghana to Brazil to Morocco. Listeners will hear from people who use innovation, technology, and investment to roll back the devastation. Heat of the Moment tells the stories of the people on the front lines of the fight against climate change. See All Episodes
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A New Plan for the Amazon
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The Future of Green Energy
A look at why it’s critical for the world to move toward more renewable energy sources and how innovations like concentrated solar power are helping us get there.
How to Make Cities Greener
How rethinking urban design can have a major impact on carbon emissions and the quality of city life.
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