In Episode #120, I sat down with Dr Hannah Ritchie, geoscientist and senior researcher at Our World in Data, to dive deeper into our food system and the changes we need to make in the coming decades to meet climate goals.
In our conversation, Hannah shared her journey into the world of geoscience and environmental research. She explained why it’s important to zoom out and look at data over a long period of time and why it’s important to consider agriculture when thinking about planetary health. Listen to find out about the major drivers of deforestation and how plant-based foods compare to animal-based foods when it comes to planetary health.
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- A few of Hannah’s articles to read:
- ‘You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local’
- ‘Cutting down forests: what are the drivers of deforestation?’
- ‘Less meat is nearly always better than sustainable meat, to reduce your carbon footprint’
- ‘If the world adopted a plant-based diet we would reduce global agricultural land use from 4 to 1 billion hectares’
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