Episode #143

James Connolly

The Real Issues That Need to Be Addressed With Our Food System

There’s a nutritional war going on, funded by these industries, that happens every time we talk about the vilification of meat and saturated fats. Click To Tweet

I’ve mentioned before on this podcast how our food system is messed up and what it’s going to take to fix things and my guest James Connolly, producer of two documentaries, Sacred Cow and Death in the Garden, is here to discuss this even further and explain exactly what we’re dealing with.

James has a unique background, which he talks about in the episode, and he brings a ton of experience in this space and knowledge to the table.

James first revolutionized the food system in some inner-city schools in New York and eventually went on to produce documentaries that highlight the true reality of the situation.

In this episode, you’ll learn about how our food system evolved, the issues it faced back then and today, what’s really driving these issues today, and what it’s going to take to fix this.

James also tackles the environmental issues with our food system, why he was a vegan for nine months and what happened as a result, and what’s going to happen if we don’t properly address these issues.

James also shares more about the research behind vegan documentaries and how his research is different and he wraps the episode up sharing the incredible story of Steven Dozinger, a social justice activist that’s been wrongfully incarcerated.

There’s massive social justice issues that everyone should pay attention to but we end up talking about plant-based versus meat, which is ridiculous. Click To Tweet

As mentioned above, James Connolly is the producer of the documentaries Sacred Cow and Death in the Garden and he’s also the co-producer of The Sustainable Dish podcast.

In addition, James is an artist, chef, and non-profit co-founder of The Bubble Foundation, which focuses on issues of wellness and food insecurity in inner-city public schools.

James is a super awesome human and I personally love the work he’s been doing which is why I can’t wait to share this episode with you.

When you tune in, you’ll discover:

  • What James is currently up to
  • James’ extensive background and how he found himself in this space
  • Changing the food system in some inner-city New York schools
  • His experience with a vegan diet and what he thinks about it now   
  • Why a vegan diet is on the rise in the educational system
  • James also shares several book recommendations for those interested in diving in deeper
  • Where the argument that meat is destroying the environment came from and how this misinformation has actually hurt us even more
  • How James approaches changing our food system and why he’s so passionate about doing so
  • Where James thinks we’re headed if we don’t fix these problems now rather than later
  • What can we do to fix this?
  • What James is doing to address these issues
  • More about the documentaries James is working on
  • The problem with vegan documentaries that most people don’t know
  • Where James gets his research from
  • The story of Steven Donziger and why James wants to draw attention to it

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