This week we look at our most intimate and daily relationship with nature: the plants and animals we eat. We look at how incorporating native and invasive species into our diets can impact our health and our planet, we share some ways that art and technology challenge us to think about our food in new ways, we delve into greenwashing and how to spot it, and ask the tough question: does eating organic help the planet but hinder our sympathy for our fellow humans? In our Pro extension, we explore the relationship between diet and religious belief, and talk about the ways the Slow Food Movement can enlighten us about the interconnection between food, self and community.
In Episode 101 – Inside/Out, we explore the liminal boundaries between individuals and communities, species and ecosystems, self and other. We take a look at the changing conversation about the role of native and invasive animal and plant species; we ask if nature poetry can help combat climate change; and we delve into two examples of the complex politics of national sovereignty in an age of both globalization and the Gaia hypothesis. In our extension for Pro Members, we take a look at love, life and death in mythology and explore how stories of freedom and responsibility challenge us to live more widely and wildly in the present moment.