Food Biodiversity, Pressure to Cook, Zoos, Religion and International Policy

Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 142

  • Apr 8, 2019 8:00 pm
  • 1:40:56 mins

How Fading Biodiversity Threatens the Future of Your Favorite Foods Guest: Simran Sethi, author of "Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of the Foods We Love" You think your grocery store is full of variety? It’s not actually that diverse. In fact, 95 percent of the world’s calories come from the same 30 species. And that number is getting smaller. We’re losing food biodiversity, and this loss may even affect, perish the thought, our chocolate. Why Home Cookin' Ain't Always All That Guests: Sinikka Elliott and Sarah Bowen, coauthors with Joslyn Brenton, of "Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It" Everyone knows that if more people cooked from basic ingredients at home the planet would be greener and families would be healthier and happier. Right? But what if that's simply not true? What if the "joy of cooking" was always overblown?  And what if chasing that myth actually harms many families? America's Tangled Relationship with Zoos and the "Wild" Animals Within Guest: Daniel Bender, Professor of History, University of Toronto, Scarborough Viewing animals in steel cages is kind of an odd way to learn about wildlife, but zoos have always played a key role in how Americans have learned about exotic creatures and their habitats. Zoos have increasingly become a battleground, however--an anachronism in the eyes of animal rights activists. But they're undeniably also a means of preserving threatened species. What is the zoo's role in modern society? Entertainment, preservation, or education? Promoting Religious Collaboration at the G20 Summit Cole Durham, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University and Fouding Director of the G20 Interfaith Forum When the G20 economic meetings convene in Tokyo in June, the focus will be mainly on immigration, trade, antipoverty efforts, and economic development. But successsful societies often rely heavily on cooperation among religious groups and between those groups and governments. The G20 Interfaith Forum, Cole Durham explains, aims to make sure that the vital role of faith groups continues.

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