Smarty Pants Podcast

Once and Future Food


Imagining a new world of teas and tastes

Steven Acres

By Stephanie Bastek

September 29, 2017


This week, we look at how we have irrevocably shaped the planet through consumption: of fossil fuels, exotic foods, cups of tea. Erika Rappaport talks about how the drive for empire was spurred on by lust for a certain caffeinated plant, which fueled countless wars and colonial expansion. And Alexandra Kleeman and Jen Monroe throw a dinner party for the future, imagining what food will taste like in 30 years’ time.

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(All photographs by Steven Acres)

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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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