Episode 113 – The Climate and Food Crisis

A record-breaking heatwave has been wreaking havoc across the subcontinent, impact the wheat and mange harvest, setting fire to forests, and giving us a trailer of what climate change can do to our world.

In this episode, Uzair talks to Dr. Erum Sattar of what is the latest research showing about where the world is headed and what actions governments and individuals must take to day to reduce the likelihood of the worst-case scenarios becoming a reality.

Dr.Erum Sattar is the Program Director of the Sustainable Water Management Program and a Lecturer at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University and has taught at Northeastern University School of Law, and the National University of Singapore School of Law where she taught the school’s first-ever course on water law and policy.

Reading Recommendations:

– Diplomacy and Capitalism: The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Relations

– Water: A Biography by Giulio Boccaletti

– Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise by Natalie Hell and Scott Rozelle

– Metabolical: The truth about processed food and how it poisons people and the planet by Robert H. Lustig


0:00 Introduction

1:50 Are heatwaves the new normal?

10:30 How is world preparing?

23:45 Conceiving solutions in a crisis

31:30 Individual choices and nutrition

41:40 Modernizing agriculture sustainably

44:30 Reading recommendations