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Eat For The Planet with Nil Zacharias

Food & Cooking Podcasts

Eat For The Planet features conversations with food industry leaders, health and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.

Eat For The Planet features conversations with food industry leaders, health and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.


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Eat For The Planet features conversations with food industry leaders, health and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.




#136 - Pat Mooney on Two Different Futures for Food Systems

Pat Mooney is the co-founder and executive director of the ETC Group, and is an expert on agricultural diversity, biotechnology, and global governance with decades of experience in international civil society. Since 1977, ETC group has focused on the role of new technologies on the lives and livelihoods of marginalized peoples around the world. In March 2021, the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) released a new report in collaboration with the ETC Group:...


#135 - A Better Paperclip Maximizer?

Are we trying to transform the food system or build better paperclip maximizers?


#134 - Transforming Food Systems: Ruth Richardson and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Ruth Richardson is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, a strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform global food systems now and for future generations.


#133 - Confirmation Bias and Negative Externalities

Confirmation bias is the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one's existing beliefs. This biased approach to decision making is largely unintentional and often results in ignoring inconsistent information. A negative externality exists when the production or consumption of a product results in a cost to a third party.


#132 - Greg Steltenpohl: Lessons From a Sustainable Food Pioneer

Greg Steltenpohl, Founder of Califia Farms and plant-based pioneer passed away on March 11, 2021 at the age of 67. Greg founded Odwalla., which was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2001. He also co-founded the Interra Project in 2000, Adina for Life in 2004, and Califia Farms in 2010. Topics Covered: Why plant-based foods are a solution to our climate crisis. Greg’s thoughts on design as it applies to Califia’s product packaging. Building an impactful brand and a company culture that supports...


#131 - Helena Norberg-Hodge: A New (and Ancient) Vision for the Future of Food

HELENA NORBERG-HODGE is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize, the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” She is author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures, and Local is Our Future, and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. The impact of the global market on...


#130 - Eat The Change: Seth Goldman on Beyond Meat, Innovation, and Scaling

Seth Goldman is Founder of Eat the Change®, a platform to inform and empower consumers to make dietary choices aligned with their concerns around climate and health. Seth is also the Co-founder of PLNT Burger, Honest Tea and Chair of the board of Beyond Meat. Topics covered Beyond Meat's partnerships with McDonald's, Yum! Brands, and PepsiCo. Launch of the new brand and platform, Eat The Change. Seth Goldman's theory of change. Decentralized, local food economies vs. centralized, global...


#129 - From Food Chains to Food Sovereignty: A Reframing of the Food System with Sanjay Rawal

Sanjay Rawal is an Indian-American documentary film director who has made films like Food Chains (produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser with narration by Forest Whitaker), 3100:Run and Become, and Gather (produced by Jason Momoa). This conversation illustrates the complexities involved in our food system through a broad lens.


#128 - EFFECT Partners: Systemic Solutions to Environmental and Social Challenges

This episode features Christian Chamberlin from EFFECT Partners, a social change incubator that brings culture and business together to solve social and environmental challenges. Nil Zacharias has joined EFFECT as Partner and Head of Food Systems Innovation! More details here:


#127 - MamaSezz: Making Meal-Time Easy With Whole Food Plant-Based Staples

MamaSezz is a food company that makes meal-time easy with whole food plant-based staples to help you eat healthy at home. MamaSezz does all the shopping, chopping, and cooking for you so you can get all the nutritious benefits without all the work... and they deliver it right to your door. MamaSezz Meal Bundles come with support and nutrition education to give people the tools they need to eat, look and feel great. Learn more at


#126 - Plantega: Improving Access to Delicious, Affordable Plant-Based Food

Plantega is a unique food access initiative and distribution platform for plant based food. We have launched as a 3-month pilot in 3 independent corner stores (better known as bodegas in NYC) located in underserved communities. We are bringing products from some of the biggest plant-based brands, including Beyond Meat®, Eat Just, Good Catch, Miyoko’s, No Evil Foods, Follow Your Heart, Lupii, Pan’s Mushroom Jerky, nutpods, Hälsa Foods and Tofurky. Learn more at...


#125 - Renewal Mill: Fighting Climate Change With Upcycled Ingredients

Renewal Mill is a next-generation ingredient company that fights climate change and global food loss by upcycling byproducts from food manufacturing into premium ingredients and products. More about this episode: Learn how Eat For The Planet can help your brand:


#124 - Lupii: Offering a New Perspective on Protein

This episode features Isabelle Steichen, the co-founder and CEO of Lupii. Lupii makes tasty, sustainable, plant-based fuel that will keep you running like a boss. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or just plain awesome—eating Lupii is the perfect way to nourish your body while making mama nature proud in the process. More about this episode: Learn how Eat For The Planet can help your brand:


#123 - Purpose-Powered Food in the Age of Pandemics and Social Unrest

This episode features Sadrah Schadel and Mike Woliansky, the co-founders of No Evil Foods, a company focused on impacting environmental sustainability, public health, and animal welfare through better food choices and offers a range of texture-rich and nutrient-dense Plant Meats made from organic & Non-GMO ingredients, sold nationwide in 100% compostable cartons. More about this episode: Learn how Eat For The Planet can help your brand:...


#122 - Madeline Haydon on Leading in a Time of Uncertainty and Speaking up About Diversity

Madeline Haydon is the Founder and CEO of nutpods, the first food brand from Green Grass Foods Inc., an independent, natural foods manufacturer based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to introducing dairy-free products from plant-based ingredients. Introduced in 2015, nutpods quickly found a loyal consumer base with vegan, vegetarian, Whole30, paleo, and keto consumers who appreciate a high quality, plant-based creamer in their coffee and tea. nutpods is sold at retail locations nationwide...


#121 - PowerPlant Ventures: Dan Gluck on Accelerating the Plant-Based Food Revolution

Dan Gluck is a Managing Partner at Powerplant Ventures (“PPV”) and current Board Member of PPV portfolio companies, Your Super, Rebbl, Thistle and Jot Coffee. Powerplant Ventures is a growth equity fund investing in emerging consumer food, beverage, foodservice and food-tech companies. PPV provides capital, strategic guidance and operating expertise to visionary teams leading disruptive plant-centric brands. Notable portfolio companies include breakout brands such as Beyond Meat, Ripple...


#120 - Miyoko Schinner on COVID-19 and the Unraveling of our Food System

Miyoko Schinner is the fearless CEO/founder of Miyoko’s, a food brand combining culinary traditions with food technology to revolutionize dairy by making cheese and butter without cows. Through an innovative proprietary process that merges food science with old-world creamery methods, Schinner has successfully scaled the production of fermented cheese and cultured butter made from plants. Under Schinner’s visionary leadership, Miyoko’s has replaced animal-dairy products on the shelves of...


#119 - Hälsa Foods: Yogurts Made of Whole Grain Oats and Zero BS

Hälsa Foods stands for healthier people and planet. The company was founded by Helena Lumme and Mika Manninen on their innovation of the new 100% clean plant-based platform. Hälsa makes America's only oat milk yogurt made from whole grain oats and the world's first dairy-free yogurt without a single artificial ingredient. More about this episode: Learn how Eat For The Planet can help your brand: Twitter: @nilzach


#118 - Before The Butcher: Going Beyond the Plant-Based Burger

Before the Butcher offers the market’s broadest choice of meat alternatives for the growing number of consumers who are reducing their consumption of meat products. The company’s UNCUT brand of plant meat is sold through both retail and foodservice channels. More about this episode: Learn how Eat For The Planet can help your brand: Twitter: @nilzach


#117 - Lettuce Grow: The Simple Way to Grow Healthy Food at Home

Founded by Jacob Pechenik and Zooey Deschanel, Lettuce Grow is on a mission to bring much-needed change to our food system and help people use fewer resources by growing healthier food at home. Lettuce Grow's self-watering, self-fertilizing hydroponic Farmstands are vertical vegetable gardens made from ocean-bound recycled plastic that make it easy and fun for everyone to grow fresh food, no matter their gardening knowledge or background. Lettuce Grow’s Farmstands provide a serious harvest...