How to Eat for the Planet with Nil Zacharias

One of the most shocking realizations we’ve come to in recent years is the true environmental impacts that modern-day animal agriculture has on our environment. While we spend most of our time at Thought For Food discussing the nutritional and lifestyle aspects of our food choices, we typically don’t delve too deeply into the ethical and environmental components (notably because we aren’t trained in those areas). The reality is that we are in a dire situation when it comes to our planet’s health. From land and water use, to rainforest deforestation and ocean acidification, to species loss and desertification, the environmental effects that our food choices have is a truly pressing matter.

This week on the podcast we’re pleased to bring Nil Zacharias in to talk about these things. A lawyer by training, Nil woke up to the impacts our food choices have on our planet and began eating a plant-based diet, which launched him into a passion for using media and communication to change the world for the better. He’s the founder and editor in chief of One Green Planet, an online media company dedicated to sharing news and resources surrounding eating and living an environmentally friendly lifestyle. He has a brand new book out, titled Eat for the Planet: Saving the World One Bite at a Time. This short but lethally effective synopsis of the environmental impacts of animal agriculture is rich with graphics, mind-boggling stats, and an evidence-based approach to eating and living more in line with our values. We highly recommend picking it up!

In this conversation, we talk about everything from Nil’s background as a media lawyer and how his transition to eating more plants led to his current mission of saving the planet, to some of the more interesting and important facts about animal agriculture and diet’s role on our world. We dig deep into a broad range of topics, and we promise you’ll walk away with a newfound appreciation for the link between diet and our world.

For more on Nil and his work, be sure to check out One Green Planet and his fantastic podcast, #EatForThePlanet.

Enjoy the show!

-Jackson and Aaron

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