This week on Living Lab Radio:
- There are few parenting decisions that evoke more controversy than whether and how long to breastfeed. But it looks like feeding babies with animal milk dates back at least 5,000 years in early agricultural communities in Europe. Julie Dunne, Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeology, University of Bristol, recently published evidence of clay baby bottles from archaeological sites in Germany.
- Edwin Kim is a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill who is working to develop therapies for peanut allergies. He also has a young son with a peanut allergy. He recently wrote about promising therapies he’s exploring with this son on TheConversation.com.
- The good news for style-conscious clothing consumers on a budget is that fashion has gotten a lot less expensive. The bad news is that “fast fashion” takes a huge toll on the environment. Nikolay Anguelov is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy at UMass Dartmouth and the author of The Dirty Side of the Garment Industry: Fast Fashion and Its Negative Impact on Environment and Society.
- It seems as if we humans are destined to put short-term gains ahead of long-term considerations. Inaction on climate change is an example of this. But author Bina Venkataraman has concrete ideas for how we can convince ourselves to do better. Venkataraman is Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard and a lecturer in MIT's department of science, technology & society. Her new book is The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.