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Host Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian, welcomes Dr. Richard Oppenlander author of Comfortably Unaware: Global Depletion and Food Choice Responsibility. Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker committed to improving the health of our planet. We’ll discuss responsible food choices and how these choices impact our environment! Through literary work or in person, he brings an eclectic combination of experiences regarding this topic spanning the past 40 years. Since the early 1970’s, Dr. Oppenlander has extensively studied the effect our food choices have on our health and the immense impact those choices have on our environment. He is president and founder of an organic vegan food production and education business and has given hundred of lectures, presentations, and open discussions on the topic of food choice. Dr. Oppenlander has been a keynote speaker for the North American Vegetarian Society’s SummerFest as well as other events and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous universities and colleges. He has been a featured guest appearing on radio shows, in newspapers and magazines. Endorsed by such luminaries as Jane Goodall, his book, “Comfortably Unaware” as well as with his speaking engagements, Dr. Oppenlander addresses the fact that our current choices of foods are causing Global Depletion- the loss of our land, water, air/atmosphere, food supply, biodiversity, energy resources, and our own health. In compelling fashion, he reveals serious inefficiencies and unsustainable practices in our current food production systems and explores unique solutions. Along the way, Dr. Oppenlander challenges audiences with new insights regarding how this has happened – exposing our cultural, social, educational, governmental, and even media influences.