Emeril greens it up a notch on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green


As if you needed more incentive to spend your green at the very green Whole Foods, now Emeril Lagasse is hosting a show on location at different Whole Foods markets around the country. Emeril Green debuts this Monday on the Discovery Channel’s new Planet Green channel, with six consecutive half-hour episodes. The show promises to feature fresh, local, organic foods: what they’re used for, when to buy them, how to choose them, and ideas for cooking them, presented by Emeril and other food experts. 

So what kind of hands-on eco advice has the chef offered so far? A promotional video on the New York Times website has Emeril sharing an eco tip: “I love a good tailgate party. But I love a green one even more. So when you bring a picnic, don’t leave a mess behind. Pay attention to what you can reuse, recycle, or compost. And if you can, bring your own plates and utensils. You won’t have to throw paper and plastic away, and you’ll eat with style.”

Well, they don’t call Planet Green “eco-tainment” for nothing. I don’t know about y’all, but that quote struck me as several of the least helpful tips I’ve ever heard. It’s reiterating the most rudimentary environmental basics to recycle and to not litter, the latter which could have been considered a tip back when I first heard it from Woodsy Owl when I was four years old.

To his credit, Emeril did include the more advanced suggestion to compost, which gets a thumbs-up from this girl just because he’s getting the composting idea out to a wider audience. In an upcoming episode of Emeril Green, he shows a trio of “shoppers”/audience members from Malden, MA, who recycled materials to use for a block party they’re organizing, and shows them how to compost. In a year when a compost bin was demonstrated on Oprah, that’s a whole lot of Bam! behind the composting cause.

Like many newly green or green-curious people, the Malden women were partially motivated by financial concerns; namely, a local proposal that residents pay $2 per bag of trash they bring to the curb. And according to this NY Times blog post, the Planet Green channel itself was not without its financial motivations: A lot of advertisers these days want to be seen as green, and what would be a better network for them to advertise? Still, Planet Green is sure to kick up eco-awareness at least a notch or two.

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