The Plant Based News Podcast
The Plant Based News Podcast
Plant Based News
Hosted by Robbie Lockie, Plant Based News delivers pioneering vegan news and ethical views weekly.
"The Secret Reason We Eat Meat, Psychology & Human Behaviour" featuring Dr. Melanie Joy Episode 64
This week's sponsor use code PBN20 to get 20% off your first older of the delicious golden pea protein. Hi Plant Friends, This week we meet Dr Melanie Joy. She is an American social psychologist and author, primarily notable for coining the term carnism. At the age of 23, while a student at Harvard, Melanie contracted a food-borne disease from a tainted hamburger and was hospitalised. This led her to become a vegetarian, before eventually transitioning to veganism. Melanie introduced the term Carnism in a 2001 article published in Satya - an American monthly magazine which covered animal rights and social justice issues. The concept was revisited by her 2009 book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Celebrities such as the musician Moby have praised Melanie, saying that her work has the potential to revolutionise how we think. Dr Melanie Joys Books Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation: Understanding the Hidden Principles of Oppression for Social Transformation You can find out more about Dr Joy's work with Carnism education here: Learn to be a more effective vegan advocate: Learn more about Dr Joy's Book Powerarchy here This podcast can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Soundcloud and many others. *Show Notes* 00:00:00 - Nuzest Sponsor #1 00:03:10 - The beginning of Dr. Melanie Joy’s vegan story 00:07:20 - Training in psychology 00:10:55 - What is Carnism? 00:13:20 - Why do some people shun meat from a young age, and some don’t? 00:17:55 - What keeps Dr. Melanie Joy positive when there is so much animal exploitation and abuse? 00:22:50 - What is causing humanity not to shift away from the damaging ways we are behaving? 00:28:00 - The aspects that slow down the growth of the vegan movement 00:39:43 - Nuzest Sponsor #2 00:40:40 - The success of Melanie’s TED Talk 00:44:35 - The architecture of oppression / ‘Powerarchy’ 00:48:09 - Intersectionality 00:59:20 - Mastering our emotions and communication 01:02:20 - Cellular agriculture 01:07:45 - Top tips for being a better advocate 01:09:50 - Stranded on a desert island 01:11:25 - Nuzest Sponsor #3 This show is hosted by Robbie Lockie & edited and produced Phil Marriot. This week's sponsor use code PBN20 to get 20% off your first older of the delicious golden pea protein.
Aug 17
1 hr 11 min
Reversing Long Covid With A Plant-Based Diet & More - Interview /w Dr. Brooke Goldner, MD Ep. 63
Hi Plant Friends and welcome to this weeks episode. This week we meet Dr. Brooke Goldner who is a board certified physician, the creator of the Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery, and is known globally as the author of three bestselling books, including Goodbye Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that sees the individual’s immune system become hyperactive and attack healthy tissue. Dr. Goldner has often talked about how it affected her life. When Brooke was 16, she was was in stage 4 kidney failure due to a serious case of Lupus. She was initially told she had six months to live. To further add to her health issues, when she started medical school, Brooke developed anti-phospholipid antibodies which gave her double vision and also resulted in a stroke. After adopting a high raw, whole food plant-based diet, Brooke was relieved to notice that the Lupus was gone within three months. Dr. Brooke Goldner has been featured in various documentaries such as Eating You Alive, Whitewashed, and The Conspiracy Against Your Health. She has many radio shows and podcasts, and is a highly sought after keynote speaker. *Show Notes* 00:02:44 The beginning of the vegan story 00:13:15 The confusion over managing diabetes 00:14:15 What is the immune system? 00:22:14 Recovering from a disease with the Goodbye Lupus protocol 00:23:36 Is the statement “food is medicine” misleading? 00:29:09 Can anyone with Lupus reverse their symptoms with plant-based nutrition? 00:33:48 Issues the gut can be connected to stress 00:34:44 Will people only value a treatment or practice if they pay for it? 00:37:53 Trauma and the effects it has on the body and the immune system 00:48:50 How to find Dr. Brooke Goldner online 00:51:00 Stranded on a desert island Find out more about Dr Brooke's work here This episode is hosted by Robbie Lockie, produced & edited by Phil Marriott
Aug 10
52 min
The Climate Crisis: "I don't get depressed, I get angry" Johan Rockström. climate scientist | Ep. 62
Hi Plant Friends and welcome to another episode of the PBN Podcast. This week we meet Professor Rock Rockström. Professor Johan Rockström is one of the most influential Earth scientists who is amongst the most cited researchers in the world. As director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he advises governments, corporations and activists, about the latest research on the climate and biodiversity and strives for better science communication. A collaboration with natural historian and broadcaster David Attenborough saw him create a 2021 Netflix series, Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet. He also participated in President Joe Biden’s climate summit. In 2020, Professor Rockström co-edited Standing Up for a Sustainable World, a book that gathers the voices of leading academics as well as climate change and environmental activists, entrepreneurs and investors. It highlights the urgent action that needs to be taken to foster sustainable, resilient and inclusive development in the face of powerful systemic forces. Other books include The Human Quest and Big World Small Planet: both produced with National Geographic photographer, Mattias Klum. You can watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix here: *Show Notes* 00:01:38 Breaking Boundaries Preview 00:02:20 Animal Agriculture: why are so many environmentalists shying away from criticising it directly? 00:05:40 Is there a lack of understanding of the implications of the damage caused by animal agriculture and factory farming? 00:08:02 Breaking Boundaries Preview 00:09:16 Cutting out animal products from our diet can have such a huge positive impact on our carbon footprint. Should we be pushing more? 00:12:05 Breaking Boundaries Preview 00:15:42 What we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact? 00:18:35 Breaking Boundaries Preview 00:20:07 Cellular Agriculture: Is this alternative to animal protein a solution? 00:22:35 The purpose of Breaking Boundaries 00:25:10 Greta Thunberg: How radical do we really need to be to raise the alarm? 00:27:33 Breaking Boundaries Preview This weeks episode was presented and produced by Robbie Lockie, and edited by Phil Marriott
Aug 3
28 min
The POWER Of Spoken Word To TRANSFORM The Human Heart - Interview With The Korean Vegan - Episode 61
Hi Plant friends and welcome to another episode of the PBN Podcast. This week we meet Joanne Molinaro, also known as The Korean Vegan. Joanne is a Korean American, born in Chicago, Illinois. When you consider her tasks and accomplishments, you wonder how Joanne manages to incorporate all of her work and play into a 24-hour period. She works at a large law firm, runs 30-40 miles a week, and creates a blog that has over 100,000 followers. On top of that, she’s managed to write her first book, which she hopes will be released by Autumn 2021. Joanne also writes poetry and prose, with her writing appearing in Side B Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and The Mashup Americans. Joanne started her blog, The Korean Vegan, in 2016, after switching to a plant-based diet. In July 2020, she started her TikTok platform, mostly as a coping mechanism for the isolation caused by the global pandemic.  Each of the simple recipe videos she shared included an accompanying family story, all less than 60 seconds. She's shared stories of her mother's immigration to America, her grandmother's escape from North Korea, interracial dating, and more. In addition to her other work, Joanne has given cooking demonstrations, participated in fundraising events for North Korean refugees, and was invited to be the keynote guest speaker for the Korean Women’s International Network 2018 Conference. To find out more about Joanne and her work visit her website: Pre-order Joanna’s book here This weeks episode was presented and produced by Robbie Lockie, and edited by Phil Marriott
Jun 1
1 hr 12 min
Exclusive Seaspiracy Documentary Director Interview with Ali & Lucy Tabrizi / Episode 60
Hi Plant Friends, and welcome to a very special episode. Today's show is hosted by PBN Founder Klaus Mitchell. Husband and wife Ali and Lucy Tabrizi are the filmmakers behind the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy - which uncovers the horrors of modern industrial fishing. The film features human impacts on marine life such as plastic marine debris, ghost nets and overfishing around the world. The documentary was one of the top ten most-watched films on Netflix in several countries on the week of its release and generated significant traction on social media. According to the United Nations FAO around 87 percent of the world’s fish populations are ‘fully fished’ or ‘overfished’. Nearly a third of edible fish populations have declined by 90 percent. That same study says that if biodiversity continues to decline, the marine environment will not be able to sustain our way of life. Indeed it may not be able to sustain our lives at all. The global fishing industry has more than doubled in capacity since 1950. It’s now so huge it can’t help but destroy our oceans. What Ali and Lucy discovered whilst making Seaspiracy was truly shocking: Fishing has wiped out 90 percent of the world’s large fish. More than 300,000 dolphins, whales and porpoises are killed by fishing operations every year. More than $35 billion is paid in subsidies to industrial fishing every year. Fishing kills 30,000 sharks EVERY HOUR. Ali and Lucy sat down with Klaus Mitchell from Plant Based News to talk about some of the questions they’ve faced, some of the criticisms, and to go through some behind-the-scenes snippets from the Seaspiracy documentary. Since its release in March 2021, Seaspiracy has garnered many reviews worldwide. It soon climbed up the ranks on Netflix in over 30 countries. During our exclusive interview for Plant Based News, Klaus Mitchell asked Ali and Lucy what proportion of the feedback they thought - in terms of the reception of the documentary - has been positive and negative. Find out more about Seaspiracy here And sign the petition already signed by over 650,000 people at This week's sponsor > Nuzest get 25% off your first order This episode is produced by Robbie Lockie. Presented by Klaus Mitchell and Edited by Phil Marriott. *Show Notes* 00:02:19 The reception for the Seaspiracy documentary 00:03:51 Interesting responses from fans, seafood chefs and celebrity followers 00:05:38 The Seaspiracy journey 00:07:40 Responding to cynics 00:08:30 Documenting the distressing footage of whaling in the Faroe islands 00:10:35 The filming and editing process 00:13:01 Finishing the documentary and receiving messages from influencers, friends and family 00:15:25 What Ali and Lucy learnt from making the documentary 00:17:00 Is change happening now? 00:18:27 The size of the Seaspiracy production team 00:19:32 Surprises of the shoot location 00:20:17 Ali and Lucy’s personal favourite moments of the documentary 00:22:10 Dangerous moments in the film 00:24:05 The state of our oceans 00:27:48 What proportion of feedback has been positive and negative 00:31:27 The strangest criticism 00:32:44 The kinds of criticism directed at Seaspiracy 00:33:25 A chance for Ali and Lucy to refute particular criticisms 00:38:00 Critics and their conflicts of interests 00:40:50 Making sure that statistics used are accurate 00:41:45 Addressing claims from participants that their words were put out of context 00:47:26 Using narrativised sections in the editing process 00:48:58 ‘Fish aren’t as sentient as land animals’ - responding to fish eaters 00:49:50 Responding to those who believe they need to eat fish to get nutrients 00:51:00 Was Seaspiracy made with a vegan message in mind? 00:52:40 What is next for Team Seaspiracy? 00:53:51 How can people support the Seaspiracy efforts?
May 18
55 min
"How To Be a Fabulous Vegan" Interview /w Jasmin Singer Episode 59
Hi Plant Friends and welcome to another episode of the PBN Podcast. I am your host Robbie Lockie. On this weeks episode we meet the bubbly and colourful vegan Jasmin Singer. At the age of twenty-four, Jasmin Singer turned to veganism after watching a film about factory farming. Learning about the horrors of the dairy and egg production led her to incorporate animal rights into her LGBTQ+ and feminist activism. Jasmin then began volunteering at PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, and began steering her career toward animal rights activism. As well as being a leading expert, Jasmin Singer is now a hugely visible presence within the vegan community. She is a coveted speaker on topics including radical body positivity, personal narrative as a means of social justice, and how to change the world for animals. She is also the author of The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan and Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir. Along with her co-host Mariann Sullivan, Jasmin and her team continue to “change the world for animals” on the long-running, award-winning podcast, Our Hen House. I was fortunate to feature on one of their episodes, I will link it down in the show notes. Jasmin’s incredible contribution to animal rights does not stop there. She is the former Senior Editor for VegNews Magazine and the longtime love columnist and celebrity interviewer. In 2020, Jasmin had the enviable job of interviewing actor Joaquin Phoenix, who had used his prominence to not only effectively veganize the menu at the Academy Awards, but also treat his acceptance speech as a way of sharing his concerns for animal rights issues. You may well have seen Jasmin appearing in various documentaries such as The Ghosts In Our Machine and Vegucated. She has also contributed to many anthologies such as Running Eating Thinking; Defiant Daughters; Voices for Animal Liberation; Queer & Trans Voices; and Circles of Compassion. As an actor, Jasmin starred in the film The Bra Mitzvah and has appeared in television commercials. She holds a BFA in Acting from Pace University, and is a certified holistic health counsellor. Jasmin is a long-time activist across many realms, including animal activism, LGBTQ activism, and antiracism. As always if you love this episode please don't forget to comment, like and share and if you are on Apple Podcasts please do leave us a review it really helps get the message out there. Find out more about Jasmin here The PBN Podcast is produced by Robbie Lockie & edited by Phil Marriott * The Show Notes * 00:03:38 The vegan journey - how it all started 00:10:29 Noticing changes in the vegan shift 00:11:34 The vegan movement challenged by capitalism 00:17:41 Experiencing classism 00:20:26 Racial identity 00:26:19 Compassion and respect for humans 00:28:55 Balancing family culture and heritage with a vegan lifestyle 00:32:22 Ted Talk 00:38:47 Are human beings born with compassion? Or do we have to learn it? 00:40:11 Does bullying make you a stronger person? 00:43:35 Dealing with the problems of bullying 00:45:30 Working for Veg News 00:47:59 The first Veg News book: The Veg News Guide To Being A Fabulous Vegan 00:58:13 The Kinder Beauty Box 01:01:04 Stranded on a desert island
May 4
1 hr 3 min
The Wonders Of The Microbiome - A Voyage Through Our Gut. Interview /w Will Bulsiewicz MD MSCI
This week's episode is supported by the food revolution Summit. A deadly global pandemic makes one thing abundantly clear: Your health needs to be a priority. Not just someday, but right now. Obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses are all fueled by diet and lifestyle choices — and they make infections more dangerous. - This is why we are proud to have partnered with this incredible online event that is completely FREE - and features 25 of the world’s leading experts in plant-based health and medicine, including our some of our favorites Dr Greger, Brenda Davis, Michael Klaper, and Will Buleswirz. - To get your free ticket to the biggest health event of the year - * EPISODE 58* Hi Plant Friends, and welcome to another episode of the PBN Podcast. Will Bulsiewicz, or ‘Dr. B’ as he is affectionately known, is a graduate of Georgetown School of Medicine and a former chief medical resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and chief gastroenterology fellow at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. When Will found the power of a plant-based diet, it quite simply changed his life. He took this knowledge into his medical practice as a gastroenterologist. Will then started a crusade to convince his patients and followers that a plant-based diet full of fermented foods could radically change the gut microbiome. Along the way, he has witnessed some very positive transformations in people following his program. And he offers this advice following his own experience. He has himself lost over 45 pounds and claims to feel better than he has in years. Will has authored more than twenty articles in the top American gastroenterology journals including the New York Times bestselling book, “Fiber Fueled: The Plant Based Gut Health Program For Losing Weight”, “Restoring Your Health”, and “Optimizing Your Microbiome”. Throughout his career, Will has balanced his love of working alongside his patients with his interest in cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs that are changing the way we see the gut, and how to treat symptoms. More recently, Will created The Plant Fed Gut online course for those seeking a complete knowledge of gut health. Find out more about Dr B here * SHOW TIMES * 00:03:43 Discovering the vegan lifestyle 00:09:26 Becoming a gastroenterologist 00:14:12 Why is there criticism of using food as a medicine? Is there hope that things will change? 00:19:21 Are we turning into giant cash cows? 00:21:31 Why aren’t doctors recommending a plant-based diet as a medicine? 00:27:35 The inspiration behind the ‘Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome’ book 00:31:08 The key things that go wrong with the gut 00:34:15 How the bacteria microbes get in our body in the first place 00:36:57 The beneficial bacteria that mothers pass on to their children during birth and breast feeding 00:41:10 Are the gut microbiome affecting our thoughts? Are our cravings motivated by the gut microbes? 00:43:30 What the biome mechanical process is doing to our arteries 00:46:50 You have the ability to shape your own microbiome 00:48:40 The dangers of oil consumption? 00:53:30 The globalised food system and the use of pesticides 00:57:50 What Dr B brings to people as a scientist and medical professional, and how we can do better in our day-to-day lives 01:01:30 Stranded on a desert island
Apr 22
1 hr 4 min
Maggie Baird | Episode 57 - Actor, Founder & Environmental activist.
It’s impossible to ignore the incredible work that Maggie Baird has done as an American actress, voice artist, screenwriter and founder of Plant-Based non-profit organisation Support & Feed. Much like her musician son Finneas and pop star daughter Billie Eilish, Maggie is a passionate vegan, and has inspired many to go plant-based. Maggie grew up in Colorado performing music, and studied theatre and dance at the University of Utah, before moving to New York City where she performed on Broadway. She made her TV debut in 1981 in the soap opera Another World and in 1989, her film debut in An Innocent Man. She has also appeared in many television series’ such as Bones, The X-Files and Six Feet Under. As a vegan powerhouse, Maggie has continued to both entertain her admirers as well as encourage and enlighten new followers. In 2020 Maggie featured on a new plant-based cooking show on Amazon Prime Video called New Day New Chef. This hugely successful programme centred around her organisation Support + Feed, an initiative set up to help those ‘greatly impacted’ by the coronavirus crisis. Support + Feed has supported LA’s plant-based restaurants by encouraging people to gift order food for those in need. As further proof of Maggie’s huge contribution, the organisation was crowned ‘2020 Company of the Year’ by animal advocacy group PETA. Maggie also continues to be an advocate for the benefits of a vegan lifestyle on her socials, boasting strong and powerful messages that highlight animal welfare, sustainable living and the importance of looking out for those around us.   Follow Maggie here And show your support for Support and Feed here: Read all our articles about Maggie's work on Plant Based News here Learning about the film "They Are Trying To Kill Us' - Find out more about V.A.A.O - This episode is presented and produced by Robbie Lockie, and edited by Phil Marriott. 00:03:05 Discovering the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles 00:06:25 Should we tell young children where their food comes from? 00:09:08 The challenges of eating healthily in the U.S. 00:19:32 Childhood and adolescent interests and ambitions 00:24:36 Raising children Billie Eilish and Finneas as vegetarian 00:28:49 Carnism vs Veganism 00:32:32 Billie Eilish and Finneas embracing the importance of veganism 00:37:58 The U.S. Election 00:43:02 Donald Trump, misinformation and conspiracy theories 00:48:00 The harmful effects of social media 00:50:15 Tips for a happy marriage and a balanced family 00:53:22 Finding calm within the pressures and distractions of work and social media 00:59:08 Acting achievements 01:05:58 Support + Feed 01:09:57 The importance for white vegans to be vocal about systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement 01:13:43 VAAO / They’re Trying To Kill Us 01:17:39 Stranded on a desert island
Apr 3
1 hr 20 min
Roxy Furman | Episode 56 - Zoologist, filmmaker, presenter, environmental activist.
This week's guest is Roxy Furman AKA ‘Roxy The Zoologist’, a wildlife biologist, photographer, activist, filmmaker, and presenter. She has a passion for animals and the natural world, and uses social media to share this with others, regularly posting content with the goal of reconnecting people with animals and inspiring them to get involved with conservation initiatives. Roxy worked as the photographer for the #HumansOfXR campaign for the Extinction Rebellion group, leading to editorial coverage in papers such as the Metro and the Guardian. Roxy has also hosted public talks about photography, conservation, and sustainable living, including ones for Greenpeace UK and VegFest. Roxy is a vegan and the founder and owner of her own business – Zephyr Eco Market where she sells a range of eco-friendly and sustainable products, encouraging people to indirectly help animals through the way in which they live their lives and through this supports two charities, One Tree Planted and Painted Dog Conservation UK. In this week's episode we discussed: 00:02:54 Being raised vegetarian and becoming vegan 00:05:24 Studying Zoology at university 00:07:24 The power of art as a gentle activism 00:09:07 Understanding the feelings of sentient beings 00:12:16 Deciding on where to start with filmmaking and photography projects 00:14:52 Solutions to the environmental change 00:17:59 Things we can do to preserve the planet 00:21:18 Humans of Extinction Rebellion campaign 00:25:48 Staying positive and looking after our mental health 00:28:37 How our food choices affect humans as well as animals 00:33:22 Examples of animals showing supreme intelligence 00:38:30 Rewilding: How we can bring life back to the earth 00:44:30 Imagining a future without other species 00:46:20 The frustrations of important messages being ignored 00:51:00 The Zephyr Eco Market 00:55:15 Stranded on a desert island Presented by Robbie Lockie | Edited by Phil Marriott Follow Roxy here
Mar 12
57 min
Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal | Episode 55 - Business entrepreneur, investor & vegan
This week's guest is Prince Khaled Alwaleed, a Saudi entrepreneur and investor, and the son of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire investor and chairman of Kingdom Holding. In 2017 Khaled invested in Plant Based News, and he is now a co-owner. Khaled’s work sees him investing in companies like Beyond Meat, biotech start-up TurtleTree Labs and animal-free Bond Pet Foods. Khaled predicts that vegan products from Beyond Meat will be cheaper than animal-derived meat by 2025. In this week's episode we discussed: 02:45 Discovering the vegan lifestyle 11:39 Religion and spirituality 16:12 Preaching compassion and peace when violence towards animals exists 20:31 Growing up in Riyadh and being part of the royal family in Saudi 24:20 Suffering a crushed skull and paralysis in a jet ski accident in St Tropez 29:35 Returning to the US to study Business and Economics 25:00 The joys of living in America without experiencing prejudice 32:30 Making sense of the world when consuming conflicting information in the media 33:42 The Social Dilemma 36:25 Founding the KBW Investments and KBW Ventures businesses 37:32 Dealing with people taking advantage of generosity 37:40 Learning valuable lessons in business 41:15 Exciting business projects: Beyond Meat, Geltor 44:32 The availability of cultured meats 48:52 Changing the way of communicating about veganism 51:16 Advice for business owners in fear of what the future holds during the pandemic 55:06 The key to staying positive in a challenging world 01:00:17 Stranded on a desert island Presented by Robbie Lockie | Edited by Phil Marriott Find out about Prince Khaled's business ventures - Follow his personal page here
Feb 22
1 hr 2 min
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