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Is Your Garden Fertilizer an Animal Graveyard? Erin Riley on PYP 568

Erin Riley shares why we need to avoid commercial fertilizer – even most “organic” brands – if we aim to nurture an earth- and people- and animal-friendly home garden.

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How Palm Oil, Colonialism, and Greed Have Endangered the World: Jocelyn Zuckerman on PYP 543

In terms of human suffering and environmental destruction, there’s little that can compare to the global trade in palm oil. Today’s guest takes us on a hard yet vital journey of discovery and understanding.

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Protecting Ourselves from GMOs: Jeffrey Smith on PYP 501

Are GMO crops and microbes safe and effective ways of improving agriculture and feeding our crowded planet, or ticking time bombs that threaten our health and the future of life on earth?

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How to Reverse Global Warming: Marco Vangelisti on PYP 461

According to many climate scientists, it’s already too late, and there’s nothing we can do to avert global catastrophe. Today’s guest has a different view. Marco Vangelisti explains how to reverse global warming through our financial decisions.

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The Queen’s Gambit, The Hero’s Journey, Veganism, and Exercise: Tyson Yunkaporta on PYP 439

Author, academic, and artist Tyson Yunkaporta offers an Indigenous perspective on some of the core beliefs that have guided my life. Some, like veganism, survive in a different form. Others, like the Hero’s Journey, lie in tatters. And some, like exercise, get transformed and deepened. Read More

Tackling Food and Economic Insecurity Through Urban Agriculture with Jesse Herrera: PYP 330

Jesse Herrera is founder and chief visionary of Urban Theory, which I’d categorize as a “think tank” and an “act tank” for social and economic and environmental justice. Jesse is a former gang member, as well as a recovering architect. An urban planner. A visionary realist. We met at the World Healthcare Congress this past… Read More

Charles Eisenstein on Climate Reductionism and True Planetary Healing: PYP 309

Charles Eisenstein has been challenging my thinking for about 15 years now, but never more so than with his latest book, Climate: A New Story. Basically, Eisenstein argues that focusing all our environmental activism on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming is a bad idea. As a card-carrying member of the enlightened, scientifically-literate,… Read More

Community Innovation and Global Solutions: PYP 294

This past Saturday, I set up my portable recording studio in Cary, North Carolina, to live-podcast the PCRM Kickstart Your Health NC Triangle event. I chatted with Neal Barnard, MD (not pictured, because he moves too fast to photograph ;), Eric O’Grey (PCRM donor coordinator and elegant man-about-town in a fashionable sweater and gold tie),… Read More

Matthew Prescott on Solving Our Biggest Problems Through Plant-Forward Eating: PYP 260

When Matthew¬†Prescott was 12, his older sister came home from school one day and announced that she had decided to become a “vegetarian,” whatever that was. In the grand tradition of little brothers everywhere, Matthew made sure to stick his forkful of beef under nose at the dinner table while making mooing sounds. But he… Read More

Fooling Meat Eaters with Plant-based Replacements with Rody Hawkins: PYP 257

I personally wouldn’t have been able to predict that the guy behind Lunchables an Slim Jim jerky sticks would be the one who might save the planet. But Rody Hawkins, muscle physiologist, consultant to the meat industry for decades, nutrition wonk, and pioneer in shelf-stable food technology, has just launched a plant-based meat replacement company… Read More