The Lentil Intervention Podcast

The Lentil Intervention Podcast

Conversations to guide you through the two most pressing issues of our time - the climate and health crises. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics regarding personal and planetary health; including the environment, conservation and lifestyle medicine topics such as nutrition and physical activity. Find more details at


October 3, 2022 39 min

Environmentalist, campaigner, content creator and all-around legend, Geoff Reid joins us again on the podcast for an update on his latest work. If you’re new to Geoff’s work we suggest checking out our first conversation with him (S1 Ep25) – but not until you take a listen to this one, because Geoff has an exciting project launching into the world very soon!

Geoff has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes on his upcoming do...

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Dotsie Bausch is a plant-powered athlete, an Olympic medallist, renowned public speaker, podcast host and founder of the non-profit organisation Switch4Good. Her achievements are nothing short of phenomenal. After overcoming an eating disorder and cocaine addiction, her therapist suggested taking up an activity, which ultimately set Dotsie on the path to winning an Olympic silver medal – becoming the oldest athlete in her disciplin...

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Simon Michaux is an Associate Professor of Geometallurgy at the Geological Survey of Finland in the Circular Economy Solutions Unit.  Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Physics and Geology and a PhD in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland, Simon has extensive experience in mining research and development, circular economic principles, industrial recycling, and mineral intelligence. Through his recent pu...

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Thomas Tothill is a passionate environmental consultant, research technician and PhD candidate with Marine Futures Lab at the University of Western Australia. With a diverse background in marine and environmental sciences, Thomas is now undertaking his PhD where he is working in collaborative partnership with the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, pairing indigenous cultural values and marine research to unde...

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August 8, 2022 41 min

In this episode, we’re chopping it up with the inspiring Josh Uluilakeba, AKA the Maoli Chef. Josh is a plant-based chef and entrepreneur, who’s on a mission to bring more plant-based cuisine to Fiji! Like many other Pacific Islands, Fiji has undergone economic and nutrition changes that have contributed to a dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases over the last few decades. In fact, over the last 30 years, the prevalence of the...

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Chris Darwin’s mission is a life of love – and what a life he’s led so far! With a background in advertising and a career as a mountain guide, Chris is what you would call a certified adrenaline junkie, having been involved in two world-first expeditions: The world’s highest dinner party on Peru’s highest peak and the first round-Britain windsurfing expedition.

Chris is also an enthusiastic nature conservationist, with the audacious...

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Summer Wright (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pākehā) is a dietitian, Co-Convenor of OraTaiao, and current PhD candidate at Massey University. Passionate about food sovereignty and social justice issues, Summer’s PhD will investigate the social and economic opportunities for Māori businesses in plant-based foods, under the umbrella of the Future Foods Catalyst Programme.

Her research will also assess overseas demand for these products and genera...

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Dr Peter Johnston is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, lifestyle medicine practitioner and wellness coach with a PhD in Human Genetics. Peter is also a fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine acting as a facilitator with Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine and running his private practice; Perfect Human Food.

We chat with Peter about the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet and the common learning curves experienced...

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Professor Diana Sarfati (MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM) is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher. Serving as Tumuaki, Chief Executive and National Director of Cancer Control New Zealand, Diana discusses the goals of the Cancer Control Agency and their aims to both assist and challenge the cancer care sector to achieve fewer cancers, better survival and equity for all.

Professor Sarfati brings her...

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Jack Santa Barbara, PhD is a retired CEO, academic, philanthropist, author, and environmental and peace activist. Jack has long been writing and educating on environmental and energy issues and the consequent impacts on people and the planet.

Here Jack discusses the current predicament we find ourselves in regarding energy use and our limits to growth. We have within reach an opportunity to carve a new and better path forward and Ja...

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Dr Angela Egan is a trained GP, now working in a highly specialised team undertaking major heart and lung surgery in Townsville. Angela is a passionate advocate of lifestyle medicine, health equity and climate action in her community. In fact, her determination for stronger changes in these areas has motivated Dr Egan to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming Australian federal election.

Angela discusses the health and soci...

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Dr Lennart Bach is an ARC Future Fellow for Climate intervention at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, at the University of Tasmania. As a Marine Biogeochemist, Lennart has a special interest in marine plankton communities, the carbon cycle, and ocean-based solutions for the climate crisis.

Here Lennart provides a nuanced overview of the ocean-based climate intervention strategies currently being considered.

In this epis...

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Dr Carolyn Orr is a Neurologist and Clinician Researcher from Western Australia, specialising in degenerative brain diseases. A member of Doctors for the Environment Australia, Dr Orr is also a passionate environmental advocate, speaking out against fossil fuels in the interest of health.

Carolyn recently delivered a powerful TEDxUWA speech where she outlined the relationship between fossil fuels, climate change and human health. In...

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Charlotte (Charlie) Turner is a Senior Associate of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison and the APAC co-lead at The Chancery Lane Project. Charlotte specialises in climate risk through a finance, corporate governance, and liability lens - so while the subject matter of this episode may be a little different to our usual offerings, this conversation will be of particular interest to listeners in the business and corporate world...

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Professor Gretta Pecl is a marine ecologist, Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology, chair of Redmap Australia and an ARC Future Fellow. If that’s not already impressive enough, Gretta was also a lead author of the recent IPCC sixth assessment report from working group II; Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

After noticing big changes in marine environments in the early 2000s, Professor Pecl became increasingly interested...

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Anthony Dissen, MPH, MA, RDN, CPH, (he/him) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Public Health Educator focusing on lifestyle medicine, health humanities, narrative-based medicine, and community and public health education. Anthony is currently a professor in the School of Health Sciences at Stockton University in the USA and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education.

In this episode, we have a frank discussion regardin...

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February 21, 2022 64 min

Dr Rochelle Ade describes herself as a disillusioned former advocate of green building and rating tools. Being engaged with the Green Building movement for over ten years, both in New Zealand and internationally, all was happy in Rochelle’s green building world until she commenced her PhD studies. During that time, Rochelle’s research led her to conclude that there was actually little proof that green buildings and green building r...

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Ryan Andrews, MS, MA, RD, RYT, CSCS, is a man who wears many hats; he is a registered dietitian, author, yoga teacher, certified movement and exercise coach and a sustainable food systems advocate. Ryan believes it’s possible to create a more equitably, sustainable, healthful and human food system – and he wants to help build it! Recently publishing his latest book titled ‘Swole Planet: Building a better body and a better earth’, t...

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December 13, 2021 165 min

We’ve been honoured to share some incredible wisdom and science with you this year, courtesy of our phenomenal guests. Last season we recapped with a look back at the year that was, but this season we thought we’d finish by bringing you the stories behind the science of climate change and humanity’s unsteady relationship with the natural world.

The climate emergency is complex and emotive, but in certain ways, it’s also intangible a...

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This episode is a dedicated Q&A show, following on from Ben and Emma’s presentation at the Doctors For The Environment (DEA) 2021 conference, where they discussed food solutions for planetary health.

If you haven’t already done so, it makes sense to listen to Season 2 Episode 44 before diving into this one, as there you will be able to listen to the presentation recording in full. We had some fantastic questions on the day, with...

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