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Dinner reservations: How to eat sustainably (and does it even matter)?

A shopper in a white hat and purple scarf examines the pasta options in a grocery store aisle. The narrow aisle and fluorescent lights feel almost claustrophic.
Andrea Bova
The angst of the grocery store is real.

Some folks promote local food. Others swear by veganism. But what is the most environmentally-friendly diet? And does it really matter what we eat? Or are there bigger fish to fry when it comes to climate activism?

Outside/In is trying out a new segment called This, That, Or The Other Thing. It’s all about the little decisions we make in life to try and build a more sustainable world—whether they have any effect, and what we can do instead if they don’t.

For our inaugural edition, we’re focusing on food. From Brazilian beef and tofu tacos to food waste and composting, host Nate Hegyi talks with experts to understand how our choices impact the planet, and how we can make a difference in our communities.

Featuring Umair Irfan, Tamar Haspel, and Ben Halpern.

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The full transcript of this episode is available here.

Give a listen to Tamar Haspel’s podcast, Climavores.

Vox reporter Umair Irfan wrote about how individual action actually does matter in the fight against climate change.

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara put together a big study on the cumulative environmental pressures of different foods.

Want to tackle food waste? The Environmental Protection Agency has a great, down-to-earth guide on what you can do.

Before joining New Hampshire Public Radio in February 2022, Nate covered public lands, federal agencies and tribal affairs as a reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, a consortium of NPR member stations in the region. Nate's work has aired on NPR, BBC, CBC and other outlets.
Outside/In is a show where curiosity and the natural world collide. Click here for podcast episodes and more.

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