The Lentil Intervention Podcast

Ben and Emma

Conversations to guide you through the two most pressing issues of our time - the climate and health crises. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics regarding personal and planetary health; including the environment, conservation and lifestyle medicine topics such as nutrition and physical activity. Find more details at www.thelentilintervention.org

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Dotsie Bausch - Olympic Medallist And Founder of Switch4Good
Sep 18 2022
Dotsie Bausch - Olympic Medallist And Founder of Switch4Good
Dotsie Bausch is a plant-powered athlete, an Olympic medallist, renowned public speaker, podcast host and founder of the non-profit organisation Switch4Good. Her achievements are nothing short of phenomenal. After overcoming an eating disorder and cocaine addiction, her therapist suggested taking up an activity, which ultimately set Dotsie on the path to winning an Olympic silver medal – becoming the oldest athlete in her discipline to ever compete at the Olympics, let alone fuelled by plants!Following on from a successful cycling career Dotsie founded Switch4Good, after becoming increasingly frustrated by the dairy industry’s infiltration of Team USA. Since its beginnings in 2018, Switch4Good has gone from strength to strength by not only helping people ditch dairy for ethical and planetary health reasons but also focusing strongly on food justice issues; campaigning the government to ditch dietary racism within the school system. Dotsie is such a passionate advocate for dietary justice, planet earth and earth’s animals. There’s a fire burning in Dotsie’s belly and her determination to create a better world is contagious. We hope you love this conversation as much as we did!In this episode we discuss:• Dotsie’s background of overcoming anorexia, cocaine addiction and suicide attempts, going on to become a champion cyclist• Her journey to the Olympic podium - as the oldest Olympic athlete in history in her cycling discipline!• Dotsie’s dietary change to veganism while in heavy training• Her involvement in The Game Changers and Personal Gold: An Underdog Story documentaries• The motivation behind establishing Switch4Good and their controversial launch into the world• The amazing work of Switch4Good and their fantastic resources - including the podcast Dotsie co-hosts with Alexandra Paul• Dietary racism within the American school system and current Switch4Good campaigns to change thisTo view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Dotsie Bausch - Olympic Medallist And Founder of Switch4Good
Sep 18 2022
Dotsie Bausch - Olympic Medallist And Founder of Switch4Good
Dotsie Bausch is a plant-powered athlete, an Olympic medallist, renowned public speaker, podcast host and founder of the non-profit organisation Switch4Good. Her achievements are nothing short of phenomenal. After overcoming an eating disorder and cocaine addiction, her therapist suggested taking up an activity, which ultimately set Dotsie on the path to winning an Olympic silver medal – becoming the oldest athlete in her discipline to ever compete at the Olympics, let alone fuelled by plants!Following on from a successful cycling career Dotsie founded Switch4Good, after becoming increasingly frustrated by the dairy industry’s infiltration of Team USA. Since its beginnings in 2018, Switch4Good has gone from strength to strength by not only helping people ditch dairy for ethical and planetary health reasons but also focusing strongly on food justice issues; campaigning the government to ditch dietary racism within the school system. Dotsie is such a passionate advocate for dietary justice, planet earth and earth’s animals. There’s a fire burning in Dotsie’s belly and her determination to create a better world is contagious. We hope you love this conversation as much as we did!In this episode we discuss:• Dotsie’s background of overcoming anorexia, cocaine addiction and suicide attempts, going on to become a champion cyclist• Her journey to the Olympic podium - as the oldest Olympic athlete in history in her cycling discipline!• Dotsie’s dietary change to veganism while in heavy training• Her involvement in The Game Changers and Personal Gold: An Underdog Story documentaries• The motivation behind establishing Switch4Good and their controversial launch into the world• The amazing work of Switch4Good and their fantastic resources - including the podcast Dotsie co-hosts with Alexandra Paul• Dietary racism within the American school system and current Switch4Good campaigns to change thisTo view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Associate Professor Simon Michaux - Replacing Fossil Fuels And Limits To Growth
Sep 4 2022
Associate Professor Simon Michaux - Replacing Fossil Fuels And Limits To Growth
Simon Michaux is an Associate Professor of Geometallurgy at the Geological Survey of Finland in the Circular Economy Solutions Unit.  Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Physics and Geology and a PhD in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland, Simon has extensive experience in mining research and development, circular economic principles, industrial recycling, and mineral intelligence. Through his recent publications, Simon has outlined the many challenges facing the global industrial ecosystem. He notes our world is currently energy and minerals blind and transitioning to renewable energies is not as straightforward as it appears.We’ve been growing without care to planetary limits for too long and change is coming, whether we like it or not. We need a completely new energy paradigm to address the challenges ahead, and as Simon says, it all starts with a conversation. We cover a lot of ground in this one, so grab a notebook and strap in for an important conversation – this is one you’ll want to listen to more than once.In this episode we discuss:• Simon’s diverse work background from R&D in the Australian mining industry, to organic farming, involvement in the circular economy sector and now his important work at the Geological Survey of Finland• A wake-up call; Simon’s detailed reports outlining the quantity of minerals needed to phase out fossil fuels and the shortage of critical raw materials that will impose limits on growth• The need to restructure the circular economy into the resource balanced economy• Leaving oil before it leaves us and the limitations of alternative energies like biofuels and renewables• Simon’s commentary on current geopolitical tensions and past resource wars• How technology is inextricably linked to commodities and why this means technology can’t completely bridge the energy gap• Community strategies for overcoming our minerals and energy blindness and adapting to our lower energy future• And SO much more!• There was a lot we simply couldn’t cover in this podcast episode due to time constraints but we urge you to find out more about Simon’s work and recommend viewing his recent presentation at the University of Queensland’s JKMRC Friday Seminars.To view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Thomas Tothill - From Oil Rigs To Reefs And Indigenous Knowledge Systems For Research
Aug 21 2022
Thomas Tothill - From Oil Rigs To Reefs And Indigenous Knowledge Systems For Research
Thomas Tothill is a passionate environmental consultant, research technician and PhD candidate with Marine Futures Lab at the University of Western Australia. With a diverse background in marine and environmental sciences, Thomas is now undertaking his PhD where he is working in collaborative partnership with the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, pairing indigenous cultural values and marine research to understand Sea Country in the Recherche Archipelago.Thomas has previously studied the ecology and potential biodiversity benefits of offshore oil and gas platforms. Surprisingly some offshore platforms are amongst the most ecologically productive ecosystems and with more than 12,000 rigs worldwide, many soon reaching their end-of-life, there is a myriad of considerations for decommissioning these structures with minimal harm to the marine environment.Here we have a fascinating discussion about both topics:Thomas’s background and his passion for research and the environmentHis Masters Thesis concerning offshore oil and gas rigs and their potential biodiversity benefitsThe complexities of decommissioning these rigs once they reach their end-of-lifeThe need to assess decommissioning considerations on a case-by-case basisTranslating knowledge about oil and gas rig marine ecology to renewable offshore structures such as windfarmsThomas’s PhD research identifies sites and species of cultural importance in the Recherche ArchipelagoThe benefits of a yarning approach for engaging with Indigenous Australians in researchThe western approach to science vs Indigenous knowledge systems and the importance of a paired approachThe unfortunate ‘publish or perish’ mentality in research and the need to make space for alternative knowledge systems and world viewsThe importance of ongoing collaborative partnerships and cultural leadership models If you’d like to take a deeper dive into some of the important topics covered by Thomas in this episode, here are some further resources recommended by Thom that complement our discussion:Offshore platforms as novel ecosystems (from the Marine Futures Lab):Yarning methodologyTwo-eyed seeingKarparti approach Decolonising methodologies (with a strong Aotearoa perspective)To view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Josh Uluilakeba - Maoli Chef
Aug 7 2022
Josh Uluilakeba - Maoli Chef
In this episode, we’re chopping it up with the inspiring Josh Uluilakeba, AKA the Maoli Chef. Josh is a plant-based chef and entrepreneur, who’s on a mission to bring more plant-based cuisine to Fiji! Like many other Pacific Islands, Fiji has undergone economic and nutrition changes that have contributed to a dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases over the last few decades. In fact, over the last 30 years, the prevalence of these health conditions has risen faster in the Pacific region compared to the rest of the world.And this is where Josh comes in! Raised in a plant-based family and having successfully overcome a chronic health issue of his own, Josh now keeps incredibly busy educating his fellow Fijians about plant-based cooking via his social media platforms and supplying vegan products locally. Josh’s goal is to inspire fellow Islanders to embrace healthy, plant-based lifestyles, one meatless dish at a time. And with his infectious positivity and zest, it’s a goal we’re pretty sure he’ll be ticking off his checklist in no time.In this episode we discuss:• Josh’s background, being raised in a plant-based family• Dietary ‘rebellion’ during his teen years and consequent health problems• Josh’s family pioneering the plant-based movement in Suva, opening one of the first vegan cafes• Fiji’s Covid lockdown and the impact on local food supply• The inspiration behind Maoli chef and Josh’s typical workday in ‘the lab’• The move away from traditional dietary patterns and coinciding sharp rise in non-communicable diseases in Fiji• Josh’s advocacy of healthy plant-based cuisine in Fiji• Josh’s tips for making his tofu taste good! (Maoli Chef tofu is now stocked at Kundan Singh Supermarket for anyone who is local!)• Plans for the futureJosh has also very kindly agreed to contribute one of his delicious traditional Fijian recipes to our Plan(e)t Cuisine campaign. Be sure to check it out on our website!To view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Chris Darwin - Behavioural Change And The Darwin Challenge
Jul 24 2022
Chris Darwin - Behavioural Change And The Darwin Challenge
Chris Darwin’s mission is a life of love – and what a life he’s led so far! With a background in advertising and a career as a mountain guide, Chris is what you would call a certified adrenaline junkie, having been involved in two world-first expeditions: The world’s highest dinner party on Peru’s highest peak and the first round-Britain windsurfing expedition.Chris is also an enthusiastic nature conservationist, with the audacious goal of preventing the global mass extinction of species.  Chris is working towards this goal in a number of ways. Firstly, he acts as an Ambassador for Bush Heritage Australia, has raised millions for charities, and was instrumental in establishing the Charles Darwin Reserve in Western Australia.More recently he became a founder and CEO of The Darwin Challenge charity and its associated (award-winning) app. Oh, and did we mention he’s Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson?! Talk about honouring a family legacy…In this episode we discuss: • Chris’s adventurous background and work in advertising• The importance of working out your purpose and emotional resilience• Chris’s path to conservation• Keys to sustainable behaviour change• The Darwin Challenge App, for making meat reduction easy• The multiple benefits of plant-based eating for people and planet• Consumer motivation for choosing meat vs plant-based foods• Chris’s passion for conservation and work with Bush Heritage AustraliaTo view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Summer Wright - Food Sovereignty and Tikanga Māori
Jul 10 2022
Summer Wright - Food Sovereignty and Tikanga Māori
Summer Wright (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pākehā) is a dietitian, Co-Convenor of OraTaiao, and current PhD candidate at Massey University. Passionate about food sovereignty and social justice issues, Summer’s PhD will investigate the social and economic opportunities for Māori businesses in plant-based foods, under the umbrella of the Future Foods Catalyst Programme. Her research will also assess overseas demand for these products and generate insights for alternative land-use decisions for Māori businesses and landowners. Summer’s research will help carve a path forward, moving us towards a brighter future – one where food systems aren’t so exploitative of people, planet or animals!In this conversation we discuss:• Summer’s background and interest in nutrition• Motivation behind Summer’s PhD thesis; ‘Unique Value Proposition of Māori Plant-based Foods’• How Summer’s research aligns with Tikanga Māori• Land as vital to Māori prosperity and history of land alienating policies• Key concerns regarding consumer choice of plant-based proteins• The need to better integrate education around sustainable food systems into the nutrition and dietetic curriculum• The disconnect between food system intensification and impact on planetary health• Opportunities for plant-based foods to foster social and environmental justice• Summer’s role as co-convenor of Ora Taiao; NZ Climate and Health Council• Summer’s hope for the futureTo view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Dr Peter Johnston - What Is The Perfect Human Food
Jun 26 2022
Dr Peter Johnston - What Is The Perfect Human Food
Dr Peter Johnston is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, lifestyle medicine practitioner and wellness coach with a PhD in Human Genetics. Peter is also a fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine acting as a facilitator with Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine and running his private practice; Perfect Human Food.We chat with Peter about the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet and the common learning curves experienced as people transition. Peter brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation and rounds out our chat with a sombre look at the ecological impacts of our current food system and what needs to change to secure a prosperous future for people and the planet.In this episode we discuss:• Peter’s background working in shearing gangs and venturing into slaughterhouses• Peter’s previous research, his ‘obsession’ with not aging and his motivation for transitioning to a plant-based diet• The changes in plant-based offerings in supermarkets and cafes in the last 30 years and what that has meant for health outcomes• Processed foods, cravings, and weight management• Salt, sugar and fat and their role in our diets• The importance of cooking skills and learning to enjoy foods as grown• Peter’s private practice work and his facilitator role with Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine• Peter’s involvement in educating the next generation of health professionals about the benefits of plant-based nutrition• The current food system’s immense impact on the planet and risk to long-term food securityPlease note: In our conversation we mentioned the Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine upcoming July immersion, however, due to a change in scheduling the next available immersion runs 4th-11th September.To view all the links to the websites and documents, visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Professor Diana Sarfati - Understanding Cancer And Its Challenges
Jun 12 2022
Professor Diana Sarfati - Understanding Cancer And Its Challenges
Professor Diana Sarfati (MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM) is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher. Serving as Tumuaki, Chief Executive and National Director of Cancer Control New Zealand, Diana discusses the goals of the Cancer Control Agency and their aims to both assist and challenge the cancer care sector to achieve fewer cancers, better survival and equity for all.Professor Sarfati brings her wealth of knowledge to the conversation and provides us with an understanding of cancer and its many challenges, including an important discussion around the unequal burden of disease within our society.In this episode we discuss:• Diana’s background in medicine and her passion for public health• Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency• An overview of cancer statistics in Aotearoa and elsewhere• Heath disparities between population groups• Key drivers of health inequality• Cancer prevention and modifiable risk factors• The importance of both individual and systemic changes for cancer prevention, treatment and management• What we can all do to reduce cancer risk for ourselves and our loved onesTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Dr Jack Santa Barbara - Ecological Cost of Renewable Energy
May 29 2022
Dr Jack Santa Barbara - Ecological Cost of Renewable Energy
Jack Santa Barbara, PhD is a retired CEO, academic, philanthropist, author, and environmental and peace activist. Jack has long been writing and educating on environmental and energy issues and the consequent impacts on people and the planet.Here Jack discusses the current predicament we find ourselves in regarding energy use and our limits to growth. We have within reach an opportunity to carve a new and better path forward and Jack argues that for our future to be truly sustainable our thinking needs to be bigger and bolder…but that our economy should not be. To seriously engage with the overshoot issue, we need to think differently.In this episode we discuss:• Jack’s background - from conflict resolution to business to ecological economics• Reconceptualising economics to acknowledge biophysical limits to growth• The role of fossil fuels in the development of our civilisations and economies• The importance of understanding net energy and the changing net energy return of our current energy sources• Our carbon ‘tunnel vision’ with a tendency to overlook other aspects of living sustainably within planetary boundaries• The pros and cons of current renewable energy options• The framing of needs vs wants in a lower energy future• Individual and community actions to accelerate changeTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Dr Angela Egan - Health Inequities in Our Community
May 15 2022
Dr Angela Egan - Health Inequities in Our Community
Dr Angela Egan is a trained GP, now working in a highly specialised team undertaking major heart and lung surgery in Townsville. Angela is a passionate advocate of lifestyle medicine, health equity and climate action in her community. In fact, her determination for stronger changes in these areas has motivated Dr Egan to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming Australian federal election.Angela discusses the health and social issues facing regional, rural and remote areas and we learn more about Cardiovascular Disease and Rheumatic Heart Disease in Australia, noting the high Indigenous burden, which necessitates urgent and transformational change.In this episode we discuss:• Angela’s background; from a career in the army to medicine, and now running for politics!• Her passion for preventative and lifestyle medicine principles and her work in the community encouraging this• Multiple factors that contribute to the health disparities still seen between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and how we work towards closing that gap• Heart health primer: An overview on the prevention, treatment and management of both Cardiovascular Disease and Rheumatic Heart Disease• Food insecurity in rural and remote areas• The impacts of climate change on the social and environmental determinants of health• Angela’s motivations for standing for the federal election and her policy prioritiesTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Dr Carolyn Orr - Environmental Pollution and our Health
Apr 17 2022
Dr Carolyn Orr - Environmental Pollution and our Health
Dr Carolyn Orr is a Neurologist and Clinician Researcher from Western Australia, specialising in degenerative brain diseases. A member of Doctors for the Environment Australia, Dr Orr is also a passionate environmental advocate, speaking out against fossil fuels in the interest of health.Carolyn recently delivered a powerful TEDxUWA speech where she outlined the relationship between fossil fuels, climate change and human health. In this chat she expands on that, giving us a frighteningly long catalogue of health implications stemming from air pollution exposure.This episode should serve as a wake-up call to all that listen - that we need transformative change now. We need to stop ignoring human suffering in the pursuit of profit.In this episode we discuss:• Carolyn’s background in Neurology and clinical research• What piqued Carolyn’s interest in environmental issues and what drives her action now• Environmental pollution and wide-ranging and alarming impacts on human health – from asthma to cancer to heart disease and more• The major sources of air pollution• Australia’s out-of-date air pollution regulatory system• Findings from the latest IPCC report and why change needs to happen NOW• How the fossil fuel industry has stymied climate action• Climate actions everyone can implement to change our lives for the betterTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Charlotte Turner - Climate Risk Mitigation
Apr 3 2022
Charlotte Turner - Climate Risk Mitigation
Charlotte (Charlie) Turner is a Senior Associate of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison and the APAC co-lead at The Chancery Lane Project. Charlotte specialises in climate risk through a finance, corporate governance, and liability lens - so while the subject matter of this episode may be a little different to our usual offerings, this conversation will be of particular interest to listeners in the business and corporate world.Charlotte takes us through the complexities of climate-related risks and the actions businesses should be undertaking. Charlie also discusses The Chancery Lane Project, a wonderful international initiative with a vision of a world where every contract enables solutions to climate change. An important reminder that climate-related litigation can be an important driver of change in this climate crisis!In this episode we discuss:• Charlotte’s background and her journey to climate risk governance• Climate change and financial risk• Government vs private business – where the liability and obligations lie• The legal risks associated with greenwashing and emerging standards and scrutiny around ‘sustainable’ and ‘green’ language• The need for a top-down, integrated approach to the management of business climate risks• Minister Sussan Ley’s recent successful federal court appeal• Force Majeure in the era of climate change• The Chancery Lane Project and their Net Zero ToolkitTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Professor Gretta Pecl - IPCC Working Group II's Report on Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability
Mar 20 2022
Professor Gretta Pecl - IPCC Working Group II's Report on Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability
Professor Gretta Pecl is a marine ecologist, Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology, chair of Redmap Australia and an ARC Future Fellow. If that’s not already impressive enough, Gretta was also a lead author of the recent IPCC sixth assessment report from working group II; Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.After noticing big changes in marine environments in the early 2000s, Professor Pecl became increasingly interested in climate change science and now focuses much of her research on the socio-ecological aspects of climate change and sustainable management of marine resources. More than ever, Gretta is focused on communicating the urgent and crucial science; the changing climate is causing big changes to the ecological fabric of our planet.This latest IPCC assessment doesn’t paint a rosy picture of our potential future with continued inaction. Every region of the world will be impacted in some way. Every fraction of a degree matters. Every second counts. Gretta runs us through the significant findings.In this episode we discuss:• Gretta’s passion for effective science communication and community engagement• Gretta’s involvement in various projects; Curious Climate, Future Seas and Redmap• The immense scope and scale of the latest IPCC sixth assessment report • The increased certainty of climate science findings• The key takeaways from the latest IPCC report • Relevant findings and adaptation limits for the Australasian region• The need to focus on disaster resilience in addition to recovery• The difference between mitigation and adaptation actions, and why we need both• The importance of grounded hope and individual actionsTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Anthony Dissen, MPH, MA, RDN, CPH - Nutrition Science: Cherries versus Cherry-Picking
Mar 6 2022
Anthony Dissen, MPH, MA, RDN, CPH - Nutrition Science: Cherries versus Cherry-Picking
Anthony Dissen, MPH, MA, RDN, CPH, (he/him) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Public Health Educator focusing on lifestyle medicine, health humanities, narrative-based medicine, and community and public health education. Anthony is currently a professor in the School of Health Sciences at Stockton University in the USA and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education.In this episode, we have a frank discussion regarding the communication of nutrition science within the plant-based community - both the good and the bad. Anthony also chats about how to determine the quality of health information you might stumble across in the online world.In this episode we discuss:• Anthony’s background and passion for health science communication• Approaches of the western scientific method vs traditional knowledge systems• Pressure to publish within the scientific community and what this means for the quality of research• Determining the quality of health information accessible online, including his recent paper on the subject• Considering scientific methodology and the hierarchy of evidence when evaluating nutrition science• How poor interpretation of science works against the plant-based movement• The never-ending oil debate and other controversial issues within the whole food plant-based community, such as nuts and seeds, protein, and the use of supplements• The importance of engaging and positive communication styles• And a whole lot more!To view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Dr Rochelle Ade - Live Better with Less
Feb 20 2022
Dr Rochelle Ade - Live Better with Less
Dr Rochelle Ade describes herself as a disillusioned former advocate of green building and rating tools. Being engaged with the Green Building movement for over ten years, both in New Zealand and internationally, all was happy in Rochelle’s green building world until she commenced her PhD studies. During that time, Rochelle’s research led her to conclude that there was actually little proof that green buildings and green building rating tools were delivering buildings that would help save the world. So, what to do?In this conversation, we delve into the details of how to build better homes – and folks, it’s a really hard question to answer! Following on from this, we talk more about Rochelle’s recent advocacy and educational work; sharing her knowledge for living better with less and touching on some no bullshit ways to save the world. This conversation covers a lot of ground – but it’s an honest appraisal of the state of the world and what we can all do to make the world a better place, each and every day.In this episode we discuss:• Rochelle’s background from engineering to green buildings to environmental advocacy• Rochelle’s PhD studies and her surprise findings regarding green rating tools• The flaws of current green rating tools and the need for better building standards• The need to live better with less – is capitalism killing our planet? • No bullshit ways to change the world – Rochelle’s key advice for minimising our planetary impact• And a whole lot more!To view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Ryan Andrews - Swole Planet: Building a Better Body and a Better Earth
Feb 6 2022
Ryan Andrews - Swole Planet: Building a Better Body and a Better Earth
Ryan Andrews, MS, MA, RD, RYT, CSCS, is a man who wears many hats; he is a registered dietitian, author, yoga teacher, certified movement and exercise coach and a sustainable food systems advocate. Ryan believes it’s possible to create a more equitably, sustainable, healthful and human food system – and he wants to help build it! Recently publishing his latest book titled ‘Swole Planet: Building a better body and a better earth’, this excellent resource will help you build a body that is functional and fit, while at the same time building a planet that is more sustainable and equitable – considering biceps and abs alongside greenhouse gas emissions and farmworker welfare. Ryan is a perfect guest to set the tone for season three, being an ardent proponent of personal and planetary health.In this episode we discuss:• Ryan’s background and nutrition evolution – from focusing purely on macros and big biceps to thinking about the many food system factors that benefit both people and the planet• Ryan’s inspiration for writing Swole Planet and the purpose he hopes it will serve• Our planet’s current trajectory and the food system’s contribution to ecological overshoot• The five dietary adjustments that can benefit both you and the planet• Meal planning strategies including how Ryan plans his own day• Other lifestyle factors important for good health• And a lot more!Swole Planet is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning more about both health improvement strategies and how food impacts our earth. Packed full of helpful resources and strategies, everyone will take something of value away – whether you’re vegan, paleo, omnivore or somewhere in-between. Ryan is generously donating part of the proceeds to worthy causes and also offering our podcast listeners a 15% discount by using the promo code LENTIL15 during checkout. A fantastic addition to any ebook library!To view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
Wrap-Up 2021 - Personal Climate Stories
Dec 12 2021
Wrap-Up 2021 - Personal Climate Stories
We’ve been honoured to share some incredible wisdom and science with you this year, courtesy of our phenomenal guests. Last season we recapped with a look back at the year that was, but this season we thought we’d finish by bringing you the stories behind the science of climate change and humanity’s unsteady relationship with the natural world.The climate emergency is complex and emotive, but in certain ways, it’s also intangible and removed from our day-to-day lives. Whether we acknowledge it or not, this issue will touch us all. So how do we address the government, institutional and individual inertia currently stymieing change? Meaningful stories matter – now more than ever, and they can help shift the narrative.In this year’s final episode, we are sharing 19 personal climate stories – stories of eco-anxiety, powerlessness, anger, despair…stories shining a light on the uneasy reality of living in this climate-changed world. However, these stories also highlight an alternative narrative often forgotten. Sometimes from the ashes, hope will rise. There is a common thread in these stories - of individual and collective action, of communities being strengthened, of enacting change, of grounded hope…of people finding common ground and coming together to carve a path forward. If these stories resonate with you, please share them. Keep this important conversation going.Many of these storytellers have been previous guests of the show, so we also urge you to peruse our back catalogue and catch up on their full episodes.Our contributors and timestamps:• 0:08:53 Megan Grant - PhD Candidate (Previously S2 Ep36)• 0:17:19 Dr. Mike Joy - Freshwater Ecologist (Previously S1 Ep12 and S2 Ep28)• 0:21:41 Lillian Stewart - PhD Candidate (Previously S2 Ep43)• 0:26:20 Dr. Jenn Lavers - Lead Researcher at Adrift Lab• 0:33:42 Professor Corey Bradshaw - Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology (Previously S2 Ep10)• 0:46:50 Sue Meltzer - Principal at Kadimah School• 0:56:03 Matthew Day - IT Support, Health Sector• 1:01:01 Cecilia Rodriguez-Gomez - PhD Candidate• 1:05:46 Jez Francis - Music Therapist• 1:15:19  Saskia Verraes - Sustainable Futures Advisor at The Mind Lab• 1:27:57 Andre Borell - Director of Envoy: Shark Cull (Previously S2 Ep35)• 1:33:22 Brad Dalrymple - Principal Environmental Engineer at Ocean Protect (Previously S1 Ep7)• 1:39:11 Jan  Saunders - Owner of The Beet Retreat, vegan B&B• 1:49:13 Dr Sally Gillespie - Author of Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Reimagining our world and ourselves (Previously S2 Ep27)• 2:04:57 Ryan Alexander - Co-founder and managing director of No Meat May (Previously S2 Ep15)• 2:09:03 Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts - Biological Sciences researcher (Previously S2 Ep3)• 2:14:58 Dr Luke Wilson - GP and a Board Director at Doctors For Nutrition (Previously S1 Ep2, S1 Ep3, and S1 Ep28)• 2:20:54 Brad Dixon - Everfit Physiotherapist and Coach (Previously S1 Ep13)• 2:37:52 Dr Kate Wylie - GP and Doctors For The Environment Member (Previously S1 Ep22)A heartfelt thank you to our contributors for sharing their stories and to our listeners for going on this journey with us in 2021.Subscribe to this podcast, share this episode with your friends and family and visit our website for all the links. Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.
The Lentil Express - Diet And Agriculture Q&A
Dec 5 2021
The Lentil Express - Diet And Agriculture Q&A
This episode is a dedicated Q&A show, following on from Ben and Emma’s presentation at the Doctors For The Environment (DEA) 2021 conference, where they discussed food solutions for planetary health.If you haven’t already done so, it makes sense to listen to Season 2 Episode 44 before diving into this one, as there you will be able to listen to the presentation recording in full. We had some fantastic questions on the day, with a few more sent in from our wonderful listeners, and we cover them as best we can here!We discuss the following topics:• Food waste and where this mostly occurs along the paddock to pantry journey• Regenerative agriculture vs plant-based diets• Fantastic fungi!...The health and environmental benefits of mushrooms• How to transition to plant-based diets if you have health issues• Key actions individuals can take to enhance planetary health• The 9 most commonly consumed plant foods• Sources of B12 on a plant-based diet• Sources of Iron on a plant-based diet • Tips for approaching a FODMAP diet as a plant-based eater – more information can be found in this article• And the big question – if we can stay within planetary boundaries by changing our food systemsTo view all the links to the websites and documents, make sure you visit the show notes on our website. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, leave us a review and share this episode with your friends and family.Please support our work and enable us to deliver more content by buying us a coffee.