The Decline and Fall of Food: how our greatest fuel source became our greatest health threat

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments


The things we eat, how we eat, and the reasons we eat have fundamentally changed.

For most of the history of life, food was scarce. It was our most valuable resource, the one thing that gave us the energy we needed to survive.

Now our survival is less of an issue, and fossil fuels provide the energy for most of the work that we do in life.

Energy is abundant. Food no longer fulfills that role. So what does that mean? This story explores how our relationship with food has changed.

How has this affected our health, the way we eat, and the way we move?

As a bonus, here’s a short video that features Patrick Harrington, the bike messenger from the podcast:

Patrick Harrington needs food to fuel his work. This has changed the way he thinks about what he eats.


Greg Wray, Professor, Duke University: The Wray Lab

Kelly Brownell, Director, Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity: Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Karen Erickson, Dietician, UNC Weight Research: UNC Weight Research

Patrick Harrington, Owner, Velocity Bicycle Couriers: Velocity Bicycle Couriers

The global obesity pandemic: shaped by global drivers and local environments. Boyd A Swinburn, Gary Sacks, Kevin D Hall, Klim McPherson, Diane T Finegood, Marjory L Moodie, Steven L Gortmaker The Lancet 27 August 2011 (Volume 378 Issue 9793 Pages 804-814 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60813-1)

Podcast Music by Michael Linder

Video music by Adam Lindquist


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