January 11, 2023

EP. 299 — Are Plant-Based Diets For Everyone? with Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann

We all need to eat. And we know that the choices we make with food are at once deeply personal and informed by systemic factors. As part of our ongoing exploration into global foodways, Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann joins Jonathan to discuss the history, science, and culture of the animal-sourced Inuit diet. Listen in to learn more about Inuit fermented foods, how colonization has shaped what’s on shelves in Nuuk, and why you might want to pass on any papaya for sale in the Arctic.


One note about this episode is that it does discuss hunting and fishing. If you’d like to skip it, we’d completely understand—but if you are able to listen, there’s so much to learn from Dr. Hauptmann.


Aviaja L. Hauptmann, PhD., is an Inuk microbiologist, Assistant Professor and public debater from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland). Her research centers the strengths of the animal-sourced Indigenous diet of Inuit. For the past four years, her research focus has been the human and microbial culture of Inuit foods and their role in food sovereignty.


If this episode left you hungry for more, visit Aviaja’s project page on Instagram @asi_inuit_microbiology_lab!


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Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann  JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann, where I ask her: What’s on the menu for Arctic Indigenous communities? And before we jump into this episode, I want to give you a little bit of a little story of how this episode came to be. So basically we did our episode about cheese and the history of cheese, how cheese is made, and we got such a huge amount of feedback from some vegetarian and vegan friends, more vegan friends that were really, really angry, really, really, like instantly super upset. And I do think it was interesting in the cheese episode because even though it was centered around cheese and yes, cheese comes from the agricultural system, blah, blah, blah, it’s like the whole thi

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