This episode is incredibly important for any of us who breathe air, eat food, or drink water. Today we delve into some of the real dangers of some of the climate change problems that we’re having and what the real roots are. Bottom line, it’s not the story that you’re hearing from most sources.
I’m here with John Roulac, the founder of the food brand Nutiva as well as the executive producer of a documentary called “Kiss the Ground” that is available on Netflix. John has been on this journey of regenerative agriculture and environmentalism for about 40 years, and he brings some much-needed points to this conversation.
We go deep in this episode about the missing piece in the climate change equation, and why some of the narratives about plant-based agriculture being better are actually not just wrong but actually harmful. Learn how our rivers and oceans are being affected by our current growing practices, and what we can do to change course.
Episode Highlights With John Roulac
- Why plant-based agriculture can have as much of (or much more than) an impact as livestock on the environment
- How these practices cause damage to our rivers and ocean in a massive way
- The reason our rivers have changed colors to brown (and why they should be blue!)
- The problem with chemical fertilizers (they contribute more methane)
- The biggest conspiracy in the food world today… that you probably haven’t even heard of
- Why livestock can be a big part of the solution and are not the problem
- The reason ocean acidification is the biggest environmental issue of our time and how we can fix it
- A very real possibility that ocean life may completely disappear within our lifetime
- The surprising post-WWII reason for certain types of harmful agriculture (hint: money)
- How these problems are increasing peanut and gluten-related issues in many people
- The neurotoxins present in many foods due to harmful farming practices
- Why less than 1% of cropland in the US is organic
- The real problems with the new fake and impossible meat products
- Why we need MORE cows and not LESS!
- The reason John, a long-time vegetarian, now eats and promotes regeneratively raised meat
- Why carbon is our ally that drives soil fertility… and why we are confused about it
- How we can all help these efforts to improve soil, air, and water
- The steps you can take at home to make a difference
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Kiss the Ground documentary
- Great Plains Regeneration
- John Roulac Medium Article: Making America’s Rivers Blue Again
- 374: Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat (& Methane Explained) With Diana Rodgers
- Sacred Cow book and film
- Dreaming of a Vetter World movie
- The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The Way of the Weird
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- 35: GMOs & How to Test for Glyphosate
- 310: Can Our Soils Heal Us? How Regenerative Agriculture and Home Gardens Can Improve Our Health
- How to Create the Best Garden Soil
- DIY Potting Soil Mix for Indoor and Container Plants
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