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Humankind: The Diet-Climate Connection, Hour 1


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 this hour, we visit college campuses and several public high schools striving to offer more “sustainable dining” options as well as healthier food choices. And we explore the concerns of young people, who feel an urgent need to address the threat of global warming, and have made related dietary choices. How large institutions implement these goals is discussed.

The Diet-Climate Connection, Hour 2 will air next Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. on Best of Public Radio.

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