Hosted by Derval Barzey and featuring entrepreneur Lydia Valladares, this episode explores the connection between food, health, and the environment.
Lydia describes her slow transition from working in the fashion industry to organic farming and a vegan lifestyle. Embracing unlearning changed her life, including her relationship with food and the environment. Her shift to veganism challenged her personal relationships and her view of herself and the world. On this journey she realized that her actions had an even bigger impact than her words and that being an example conveys an even stronger message.
Lydia strongly advocates for changing the way we grow our food. Sustainable agricultural practices would eliminate the environmental pollution and degradation caused by conventional agricultural systems. She highlights her experience rehabilitating degraded land in Costa Rica.
Lydia is changing the local food industry with her whole food plant-based vegan catering company in Georgetown Guyana. She is very intentional in the selection of ingredients and packaging, influenced by her travels and time working on different farms.
She shares strategies for being one with the land even in an urban setting. For Climate-friendly diets, Lydia recommends shifting away from overly processed and packaged food because of the impact on our health and the environment, avoiding plastic packaging and changing our daily habits to align with our values.
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