Podcast Episode 4: “Can Nutrition Beat the Heat?” with Sam Myers

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Can we really rid the world of hunger and malnutrition in under a decade? The Nourishing Millions podcast series, undertaken in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, features the latest groundbreaking thinking about nutrition from top policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Together, the episodes tell the story of how small and large movements—and everyday people—can help us achieve a food- and nutrition-secure world.

Does climate change affect human nutrition? In this week's episode, we explore this question with Dr. Sam Myers, Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, an initiative exploring how changes in Earth’s natural systems impact human health. Dr. Myers discusses his groundbreaking research examining how rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may reduce important nutrients in staple crops, such as corn, wheat, and soy, and how this and other climate-related changes, such as earlier growing seasons, may impact human nutrition. Tune in to learn more about the broader social justice implications of these changes and what individuals and communities can do to mitigate the looming effects of climate change on human nutrition.


Listen to the episode on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Previous episodes of the podcast series are also available:

Episode 1. "Grasshopper a la Mode" with Jacob Anankware: SoundCloud or iTunes.

Episode 2. "From the Farm to the Schoolhouse" with Catherine Bertini: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 3. "The Private Sector Puzzle" with Lawrence Haddad: Soundcloud or iTunes

Blog Post by: Nathalie Lambrecht and Erika Shaver

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