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Sustainable food production

Last summer I met a guy from United Kingdom who was doing some volunteering work in Slovenia and I had a chance to interview him about his views on sustainability, agriculture and food. I knew he was a vegetarian and he talked a lot about his views, so I thought that it would be great to film him and do a video about this subject.

Now I have finally edited the footage from the interview, so you can watch the final video below. First I will just outline a few points he makes in the video:

  • meat and dairy industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change
  • if you focus on plant-based diet from an environmental perspective, there is no reason to be a complete abolitionist – it is good enough if you reduce your consumption of animal products to a practical minimum
  • eating meat and raising farm animals was important for the development of humanity, but nowadays the environmental impact of farm animals is just too big
  • most people can be perfectly healthy on a vegan diet; some may possibly need some dietary supplements
  • another good source of animal protein that is much better for the environment than meat and dairy are insects (see also the additional video at the end about the booming American edible insect industry)

The interview:

“The Gateway Bug” – documentary film trailer:

Not Business As Usual (Documentary)

Screenshot of Not Business As Usual

A few days ago I found and watched a documentary film titled “Not Business As Usual” by Lawrence Le Lam and Institute B. The film features stories of local entrepreneurs who decided that they want their business to have a cause beyond profit. We are talking here about the concept of Triple bottom line, which adds social and environmental considerations to the traditional notion of profit.

Basically, this film is a testimony of a new movement among some entrepreneurs that can be described as a “conscious capitalism”. Only time will tell whether or not these modest beginnings of conscious capitalism will ever become part of the mainstream. However, it is clear that governments and non-profits are insufficient agents (although still necessary) for solving our social and environmental issues.

Any new idea is therefore welcome and may be part of the solution. Like the idea of benefit corporations (B corporations) – a corporate form designed specifically for entities that want to address social and environmental concerns, not just look for a maximum profit.

What do you think? Does conscious capitalism have any chance for success on a large scale? Watch this documentary and then discuss it in the comment section below.