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320: Confronting doof

on April 4, 2020 in Podcast

I got a taste of what I believe leads people to tell me they can’t avoid packaging or buying fresh, local produce. Living in a semi-rural area led me to shop in a large supermarket for the first time in a year or two. They carried only doof and stuff shipped from across the country and world. I share the story and the uplifting results. Here are the notes I[…] Keep reading →

319: Avoid doof

on April 3, 2020 in Podcast

Food is fundamental to our environmental problems. Most of what American restaurants and supermarkets sell looks like food but isn’t by my definition. It makes us obese, diseased, fatigued, poor, dependent, and such, whereas food, like fruits and vegetables, bring us together. Many of us are addicted to salt, sugar, fat, and convenience. Yet people addicted to salt, sugar, fat, and convenience can point to addicts to other things, like[…] Keep reading →

318: Why pandemics will keep increasing and how we can reverse the trend

on April 2, 2020 in Podcast

I don’t normally post other people’s material, but 1) I found this video the most valuable I’ve seen on pandemics and 2) a previous guest, Dr. Michael Greger, created it. It’s an hour, so I summarize its highlights in this episode, but watch the whole video for the comprehensive view with full data and references. My summary covers: What current media coverage includes—the urgent, important What it misses—the non-urgent, important[…] Keep reading →

317: My UN and UNICEF talk on COVID-19 and leadership

on April 1, 2020 in Podcast

Attendees said my talks brought tears to their eyes. Technically I spoke at the UN last week and UNICEF this week, but virtually not physically there, and to Toastmaster groups organized by UN and UNICEF workers. Both talks were similar. I recorded the UNICEF talk. I spoke on A past New York City crisis—the 2003 blackout Lessons I learned from it How we risk not learning from the COVID-19 crisis[…] Keep reading →

Do you research how much water certain produce requires to grow?

on March 31, 2020 in Awareness, Nature

Someone asked on a message board, “Do you research how much water certain produce requires to grow?” I responded: Yes. At the beginning, when I felt obligated to act and it felt a burden, I avoided learning new things, feeling if I kept learning, there’d be nothing left and I’d feel guilty eating anything. As I practiced more, met the farmers behind my CSAs and farmers markets, and learned how[…] Keep reading →

Would you take piano lessons from someone who breaks pianos with a sledgehammer but doesn’t play?

on March 30, 2020 in Nature

Would you take piano lessons from someone who breaks pianos with a sledgehammer but doesn’t play? Does it matter how many books on music theory that person read? If they don’t play but only break pianos, you probably are going to learn more how to break pianos than to play them. If you learn anything about the piano, it will probably be theory at best. Then don’t take advice on[…] Keep reading →

316: Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD, part 2: Eat for Life

on March 29, 2020 in Podcast

Joel talked so passionately about everything I look to bring out in other guests, I hardly spoke about his commitment with bringing bags. No problem, I loved hearing his views, history, and approach. I went with it. He also approaches the environment from food, though from a medical background. I just kept learning from him. Sadly, we as a culture keep moving toward disease and pollution, however much we want[…] Keep reading →

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