In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Dr. Richard Oppenlander. Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability consultant, researcher, and author whose award-winning book, “Comfortably Unaware” has been endorsed as a must-read by Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Jane Goodall among others. Dr. Oppenlander’s most recent book, “Food Choice and Sustainability”, has won numerous awards including the 2014 International Book Award and the 2014 Green Book Festival Award and is being used by think tanks and strategists for developing initiatives to advance change.
Dr.Oppenlander is a much sought after international lecturer on the topic of food choice and sustainability. He has spoken to the European Parliament and served as the lead consultant for the documentary films “Food Choices” and “Cowspiracy”. He also serves as an advisor to world hunger projects in developing countries and with municipalities in the United States. Dr. Oppenlander received an honorary award from the Hawaii Senate in April for his pioneering work regarding their food choice and environment connection. Dr. Oppenlander has spent the past 40 years studying the effects that food choices and sustainability have on our planet and on us. He started an organic plant-based food production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary (with his wife Jill), and is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.
Today’s talk with Dr. Oppenlander should revolutionize the way you see food. We have a responsibility to ourselves, to others and to generations to come to start making better food choices and start doing it now. The predictions are startling. At the current rates, our planet is unable to sustain our eating habits. If we continue eating like this, we will see the fall of our ecosystems and further global warming, which means we are literally stealing food from our grandchildren and great grandchildren’s mouths. This is an important message for everyone to hear, so gather your family and friends, give a listen and let us know your #1 take away.
In this episode we discuss:
- The Hunger Games
- What the SAD diet doing to our planet
- Exceeding the tipping points
- Sustainable and Optimal Relative Sustainability
- Overpopulation and reproduction
- Thoughts on Dr. McDougall and what he said
- This is just another thing for us to do
- Taking control
- Actionable tips for making a difference today
Links to things we mentioned:
Food choice and sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work by Dr. Richard Oppenlander
Comfortably Unaware by Dr. Richard Oppenlander
Food Choices – Documentary
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret – Documentary
Animal Welfare.org, for a cruelty-free lifestyle!
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