#99: Environmental Reasons to Go Vegan

Farmer Nick Cutsumpas delves deep into the eye-opening environmental consequences of our dietary choices, exploring a wide range of topics including water conservation, pesticide usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and deforestation. Through a lens of optimism and empowerment, he reveals practical and cost-effective steps that we can begin implementing today to create a significant positive impact on these crucial issues.


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Hi friends!

Are you feeling the urge to make a positive impact on the environment but finding it all a bit overwhelming and pricey? Well, fear not! We've got just the thing to kick-start your eco-warrior journey without breaking the bank.

Join us as we chat with the incredible Farmer Nick, the green-thumbed guru himself, to unravel the secrets behind environmentalism and our food choices. 

We're beyond thrilled to have Nick Cutsumpas, a.k.a. Farmer Nick, back on the show to dive into a topic that deserves more attention: how our food choices directly affect our planet.

As a full-time plant coach, urban gardener, and landscape designer, Nick's on a mission to make the world a greener place. His expertise lies in empowering people to create their own green spaces, all in the name of environmental action and social justice.

In this episode, we're tackling the big environmental issues head-on: water conservation, pesticides, greenhouse gases, and deforestation.

But hold up! We're not just stopping there. We're peeling back the layers to reveal how agriculture, particularly those pesky factory farms, is wreaking havoc on our precious ecosystem.

The good news? By flexing our purchasing power, we can actually make a difference and stand up against these destructive practices. Trust us, the power is in our hands, or rather, in our grocery carts! 

So tune in and get ready to feel empowered, because we're dishing out practical and affordable steps that you can start taking today to become an active force in creating a healthier, happier ecosystem. It's time to unleash your inner eco-warrior! 

With love and green dreams,  

Michelle & Toni 


  • The catalyst that shifted Farmer Nick from the antithesis of an environmentalist, to environmental activism.
  • A look into Nick’s learning process to sustain long-term plant growth by cultivating soil biomes and microscopic ecosystems to foster life.
  • How the inefficiency and impact of animal agriculture got Nick started on a plant based diet.
  • Water conservation and impact of food choices, including how much water it takes to produce a pound of beef and what percent of water consumption in the U.S. goes directly to animal agriculture.
  • Pesticides and the unsettling history of chemical fertilizers, as a means to use up excess post-war fossil fuel.
  • The insidious pesticide content that creeps into meat from non-organic, low quality cattle feed produced by chemical fertilizers.
  • Poo-lution: how farm animal waste ends up in our water and air, creating a human rights issue and social inequalities, affecting most those who can do the least to defend themselves.
  • How to address global warming and greenhouse gasses by making consumer demands on corporations. Also, find out what produces more greenhouse gasses than the entire transportation sector.
  • Deforestation and biodiversity: how centuries old ecosystems are being irreparably destroyed to clear land for cattle grazing.
  • An invitation to consider how many resources go into producing your food, and to grow food - any amount! - to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Three affordable, actionable steps to take, even if it’s not feasible to grow your own food.



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We are so grateful to have the support of some of our favorite vegan-friendly brands this season. 

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