Outrage + Optimism / Special Series
The Future of Food
A food revolution is germinating across the globe. The linear model of growing, producing and distributing food is destroying nature, damaging human health and devastating farmers - and it is also a major cause of climate change. Join us for a healthy dose of outrage and a serving of stubborn optimism as we explore the radical shifts underway toward a regenerative food system.
About this series
The world needs a comprehensive food revolution. With nature’s capacity to support human life having already reached a breaking point, changing what we put on our plates has become consequential in determining the future living conditions for all people on planet Earth.
For decades, land-based ecosystems have been absorbing around 30% of excess carbon-dioxide emissions, protecting us from the worst climate shocks. Over the last 50 years, we have obliterated at least half of these natural assets. Forests are routinely destroyed for industrial food production. This system, which was designed for the noble purpose of inexpensively feeding a growing population, is now destroying the very soils and natural assets that it relies upon, generating damages that are, frankly, unaffordable.
The food system’s massive contribution to global warming – which will cause more crop failures and drive up hunger – also results in untenable levels of food waste, the monopolization of seeds, smallholder farmers being left in dire straits, the degradation of once-fertile soils, poisoned waterways, and catastrophic biodiversity loss. Alongside the environmental catastrophe are the evil twins of obesity in some countries and lack of nutrition in others.
Now, with momentum across the globe, regenerative farming and more sensible systems of growing, producing and feeding ourselves are coming to the fore. Join us for The Future of Food, a special series of the Outrage + Optimism podcast, as we explore the solutions taking place from change-makers, experts, policymakers, farmers, chefs and corporations to ensure a resilient future of food.
159: How to Feed the World without Devouring the Planet
16 June 2022
Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet is the title of George Monbiot’s new book and an essential challenge that we explore in this Future of Food episode, with the help of George and three other guests committed to transforming our food system.
143: An Appetite for Adaptation
10 March 2022
Welcome back to our series on the Future of Food!
117: The Seeds Are Sown for a Food Revolution with Agnes Kalibata
24 September 2021
The Food Revolution begins with a Thought Revolution, and people are at the heart of systemic change.
116: Setting The Table for a Food Revolution
23 September 2021
Welcome to the first episode in a brand new series on The Future of Food!