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The Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability is based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.

Episodes

Season 1
Episode 23
If the average age of the American farmer is 57, what happens when they retire? From...
Season 1
Episode 22
The politics and culture of food are often expressed in terms of food security and food...
Season 1
Episode 21
By the end of the 20th century, nearly 80 percent of Americans lived in urban areas and...
Season 1
Episode 20
Agriculture depends on water, but in many parts of the world water is a scarce resource....
Season 1
Episode 19
In some parts of the U.S., a farm is worth more for its real estate than for what it...
Season 1
Episode 18
GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are created when scientists take DNA from one...
Season 1
Episode 17
When you buy food, you’re buying values: The values of the person who grows your food;...
Season 1
Episode 16
Nearly 80 percent of the antibiotics in the U.S. aren’t used on people. They’re used on...
Season 1
Episode 15
Everything we do has consequences, even when hidden from view. Sustainability imbues all...
Season 1
Episode 14
Judith Redmond of California’s Full Belly Farm explains that food is more than what you...
Season 1
Episode 13
Studies show that nearly 1/3 of all fish consumers buy isn’t what they think it is....
Season 1
Episode 12
Most cattle are finished on industrial feedlots, where they are fed a mix of antibiotics...
Season 1
Episode 11
Today, half the world’s food production—what we eat—depends on chemical fertilizers and...
Season 1
Episode 10
In the last century nearly 75 percent of U.S. agricultural crops have disappeared....
Season 1
Episode 9
What if you could buy fresh fruit and vegetables each week, grown by a local farmer? Anne...
Season 1
Episode 8
Economies of scale allows for industries to consolidate and become more efficient. Benzi...
Season 1
Episode 7
Consumers learn how to tell the difference between whole wheat and white, while farmers...
Season 1
Episode 6
Did you know nearly 40 percent of food that’s grown, distributed, and bought never gets...
Season 1
Episode 5
Two farmers, Edwin Marty of Alabama’s Jones Valley Urban Farm and Jay Martin of Provident...
Season 1
Episode 4
By considering all of the external expenses factored out of the cost of food, an economic...
Season 1
Episode 3
Can learning the meaning of a single term actually help change the food system? David...
Season 1
Episode 2
As consumers take increased responsibility for what they eat, many choose to become...
Season 1
Episode 1
Our earliest descendants were hunter/gatherers who foraged for their food, were in tune...


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