Since New Food Order podcast launched in November, co-hosts Danielle Gould, the founder and CEO of Food+Tech Connect and journalist Louisa Burwood-Taylor have curated a variety of differentiated viewpoints to discuss how the world might redesign its food system to tackle the climate crisis while making it better for people and the planet.
In the ninth episode of the New Food Order podcast, the second of two mini episodes, Gould and Burwood-Taylor reflect on past episodes and preview upcoming episodes that will dive deeper into topics.
The series has already included interviews with Paul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever, Nathalie Kelley, an actress and indigenous and regenerative activist, Sam Kass, the former personal chef and policy adviser to the Obamas, Tom Goldtooth, the head of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Julia Collins, the founder and CEO of Planet FWD who also founded Moonshot Snacks as well as Errol Schweitzer, the former VP of grocery at Whole Foods Market.
“When we chose the people to speak to on this podcast, we really wanted to focus on having opposing viewpoints and diversity of thought,” Burwood-Taylor says. “It's really amazing to put all these different perspectives together.”
That’s also meant coming with more questions than answers, Gould says. “For us, this is a learning and unlearning journey,” Gould says.
Although much of the feedback from listeners has been positive, some of it hasn’t.
“One of our listeners made some assumptions about where you or I sit on this sort of spectrum of opinions,” Burwood-Taylor says. “It was interesting that he didn't necessarily have it quite right. He thought that I wasn't very knowledgeable or interested in regenerative agriculture, but it's something that I’ve been reporting on since 2014.”
As a journalist, Burwood-Taylor says it’s her role to not have an opinion although sometimes it “comes out a little bit” and she struggles to leave what she believes “behind the door.”
“What's really interesting for me is how we're presenting this, how we're asking the questions and how people are feeding back to us how we come across,” Burwood-Taylor says.
Regardless of whether the feedback is positive or negative, both Burwood-Taylor and Gould want to have a dialogue.
“We’re here for the conversation, whether it’s positive or negative,” Gould says.
Future episodes of the New Food Order podcast will include more in-depth, “deeper dives” into a particular topic and include multiple guests. Upcoming episodes will discuss how finance, business and design models can be challenged to tackle problems that lie in the current food system by offering alternative solutions. Topics will also tackle bio foods, carbon, biotechnology, regenerative agriculture and plant-based options.
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