GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 211: Sustainable consumption, victory in Virginia

Week in Review

Commentary on this week's news highlights begins at 6:40.

  1. How companies led the way on clean energy in Virginia
  2. Former Unilever president bites into plant-based protein
  3. Microgrids, indoor agriculture go together like peas and carrots

Features

The conundrum of consumption (22:05)

This weekend brings World Consumer Rights Day, and this year's focus is sustainable consumption — a theme chosen by the member organizations of London-based Consumers International. "I think the understanding of the urgency has changed, which is thanks to the great work that has gone before," says Helena Leurent, director general of Consumers International. "There's a recognition that we have gone beyond the time for action."

Seeding circular economy principles in food and agriculture  (30:20)

James Jones, professor emeritus with the University of Florida in Gainesville, is encouraging cross-disciplinary conversations and studies that will (he hopes) help create more circular production processes across agriculture and biological engineering. Learn more about the approach he's advocating. 

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "I'm Going for a Coffee," "4th Ave Walkup," "Knowing the Truth" and "Waiting for the Moment That Never Comes"

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