The Diet-Climate Connection

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? This Humankind documentary project, by award-winning producer David Freudberg, examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change -- 2012 was the hottest summer on record -- 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 Hour 2, we learn why climate experts increasingly point to our food system as a heavy emitter of greenhouse gases. We visit Frances Moore Lappe, whose classic book Diet for a Small Planet introduced a generation to the link between food and our environment. Paul McCartney's recent song on this topic is featured, along with practical suggestions by public health experts for reducing our "food footprint". And we take a tour of the White House vegetable garden, a symbol of climate-friendly, locally-grown food.

Listeners can access our free downloadable Climate-Friendly Food Guide booklet, which is announced in the program. Produced in association with WGBH/Boston.

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