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50 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Food Recalls : Contamination, Corruption & Danger
In this episode, we’re talking about food recalls. This is a listener suggested topic, so I want to just thank Dante for suggesting this topic. It is so timely, because if you are connected to me on the socials, I shared an article this week about a recent, Class II, 525,000 pound canned roast beef recall. What's worse is, the public tax payers rely on inspectors to catch public health threats when it comes to our meat, poultry and processed egg products, yet there's manipulation, coercion and corruption going on behind the curtain. So, let's pull that baby back and take a look at what's going on (or not) with our food safety. It ain't pretty but, we should know. Enjoy!
54 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
The Economics of Agriculture : A Conversation with Michelle Klieger
Today, we’re talking to an agricultural economist about the food supply chain, growing challenges with land succession and how to hedge the rise in animal feed prices. I am really excited to talk to someone who understands economics because it is such a critical lens to look through when talking about food and agriculture. I am thrilled to welcome Michelle Klieger who is the founder of Stratagerm Consulting, an agricultural and business consulting firm. She also has a podcast and is a professor of economics.
49 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Vegetable Oil - The Billion Dollar Killer and The Revenge of the Seed Oils
In this episode, we're talking about vegetable oils, which in truth, we're talking about industrialized, mechanized seed oil production and how it has completely infiltrated our food supply chain. It's everywhere and in almost everything. For decades, these seed oils have been promoted as being a "healthier" option because animal fats (what people have eaten for millennia) got a bad rap! The research shows that polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils may be lowering our cholesterol, but it's killing us sooner, by way of oxidative stress on our mitochondria which has been linked to diseases like diabetes, Alzheimers, cancer, heart disease and obesity. So, why aren't we talking more about this? There are 98.5 billion reasons why we are not...so, I figured what better time to start the conversation! Thanks for listening and remember to share this episode with someone you love.
37 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Soy Protein Isolate and the Adulteration of Plant Proteins
In this week's episode, we're talking about SPI's...or as you might recognize them, soy protein isolate. There are many alternatives to animal proteins, but it seems (after diving deep into a rabbit hole of research, videos, studies, science and many other tangents) that these alternatives, including by not limited to soy, have a "dark" side that impacts our health, environment and wallet...yaddah, yaddah...you know how it goes. This shouldn't be a surprise, but what is eye opening is the way soy protein isolate is made and how we came to use it as food in the first place. We'll get into that as well as some interesting history...and if you're thinking..."well, I use organic protein powder, so no big deal..." let me just say....think again! Thanks for listening in and sharing this episode with someone you love. See you on the other side of the plate. Chow.
30 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Letitia Carson - America's First Black Woman to Own Land
Today, we're going back to food, farming and history and we're talking about Letitia Carson, America's first black woman to be granted a land claim under the Homestead Act of 1862. She came to Oregon on the Oregon Trail with her common law husband, David Carson, and they had two children. Martha, the first child, whom you see on the cover art and who was born while on the way to Oregon, and the other, Adam. She was a one of Oregon's first black pioneers who came out West with her family, cultivated her skills, lost it all and triumphed over her adversaries. Amazing. I hope you enjoy her story and share this with someone you love and keep her legacy alive! Chow.
41 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Coffee - An Exploitative Drug In Plain Sight
In this episode we’re talking about one of the most addictive beverages consumed by billions of people every morning (sometimes twice or three times a day), coffee! If you’re not a coffee drinker, I get it. This episode may not be for you. But if you do drink coffee, you’ll learn a few things about the history of coffee, how we got here, a few factoids about the economic value of coffee, the exploitation of coffee farmers, and the environmental impact of our coffee addiction. It’s a pretty interesting little bean that has a lasting impact on our lives and it isn’t going anywhere. So, if you’re listening to this episode in the morning, grab your cup of Joe and let's get buzzed together! Thanks for listening and for sharing this episode with someone you love! Chow.
37 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Beef Part 2 - Small Farmers and Ranchers are NOT the Problem
In this episode, we're talking about beef...again. Why? Because there is a lot more to the story. Like how 86% the beef processing industry is owned and controlled by four major global corporations, one who has been caught bribing government officials, is paying off health inspectors so tainted and contaminated meat makes it to market and is disguising foreign grown beef as US beef - thanks to Congress repealing Country of Origin labeling laws in 2015. It is a "hot mess" and the blame should fall on the bad actors, not the ones who treat animals humanely, produce healthier beef products, integrate waste back into the system to improve soil and sequester carbon and help keep local communities resilient. Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with someone you love.
36 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Do you know what beef is? The Flanked Environmental Debate
Beef. It’s what’s for dinner, they say. But what else is it? In this episode we’re talking about beef, as an industry, as environmental, health and economic challenges, as well as the industry as a whole and how it contributes to our lives and basic products we use everyday. No matter what side of the debate you're on, beef pervades our lives in many, many ways, so it’s worth digging into to learn exactly where we need to focus the blame - and it isn’t on ALL beef producers. It’s a tricky issue, especially when we consider choice….at the end of the day, if the billionaires and global corporations have their way, we won’t have choice...or beef. We’ll have alternatives, probably more plastic, and forget about lipgloss and ceramic plates. Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with people you love.
37 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Microplastics & Poop : How Fibers, Beads and Nurdles are Infiltrating our Food Supply & Bodies
Today, we are swirling around in a plastic eddy trying to find our way out of microplastics. The reality is, there is no way out. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but all I can say is...our bodies are full of microplastic bits and fibers, literally. And so is our fruit, beer and salt. We are dependent on convenience in our food supply chain and plastic is necessary for food safety, so where does that leave us? It leaves us swirling around in this seemingly never ending eddy of plastic in our everyday lives...and now it's showing up in our stool. Yes, our poop. This is the Season Six Finale, so thanks for listening in, sticking around and subscribing to this podcast. See you on the other side of the plate! Chow.
24 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Your Breakfast Bacon Is A National Security Threat...Among Other Things
In this episode, we're talking about pork, beef and chicken as a national security threat. If you haven't heard the news, the largest pork, beef and chicken meat processor in the world, JBS was attacked a little over a month ago and caused shortages and price increases for you and me. The problem isn't just the threat of compromised security of sensitive data and operating systems, it's the threat of food insecurity. JBS processes 85% of meat products in the U.S. and has been "playing dirty" for 100 years. If the ransomeware attacks, coupled with meat shortages and higher prices and dirty business tactics continues, there's a good chance that in the not too distant future, some of you will be fighting at the big box grocery stores for the last package of bacon....just sayin'. Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with someone you love.
21 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Henry Blair - Inventor of Corn and Cotton Planting Devices
Today, we’re back to talking about food, farming and history, and we’re talking about Henry Blair. If you’ve never heard his name before, chances are, especially if you are a farmer, you’ve used one of his inventions or some iteration of one of his inventions. Anyway, I chose this man to do an episode on, not because he is a black inventor, not because he is hardly known by many, but because his patented inventions (plural) have changed the lives of farmers in the United States since 1834. There isn't a lot of recorded history about Henry Blair. I have no idea whether he was married or had children. He was barely literate, but he was the 2nd man of color to be issued a patent in the United States. He was 27 years old. His patents changed farming, food and fashion...forever. Truth is, most people have never heard of him and probably don't really care. That's why he is the topic of today's episode...because at the end of the day, all we are is dust in the wind.
40 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Stevia : Super Sugar from the World's Worst Company
In this episode, we're talking about stevia - not really the stevia derived from the plant. We're talking about a "stevia" product developed by Cargill and Royal DSM which is the synthetic biology and scientific fermentation of genes and yeast, and it is showing up in our food supply chain as a trademarked product called EverSweet™. This zero-calorie, "non-artificial" sweetener is designed to “urgently advance sugar reduction around the world" and ”to support good health and well being in our societies”. There is no scientific evidence to back up the claim that it supports good health and well being. They claim this product is "sustainable", but it seems more like greenwashing, and there is a lot of money invested into this venture. It begs the question....cui bono? I think you know the answer...but I hope you listen in to find out. Share this episode with someone you love and I'll see you on the other side of the plate. Chow.
33 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
The Toxic Truth About Strawberries and The Decline in Male Reproductive Health
In this episode we're talking about strawberries. Conventionally grown strawberries for the most part. We consume 8 lbs per person of this popular summer fruit in the United States. It's a multi billion dollar industry and unfortunately, the way strawberries are grown, 20-30% of samples test positive for toxic chemicals that are not only killing bees, they are impacting our brains and reproductive health, especially in men. Most importantly, huge conventional strawberry farmers use massive amounts of fumigants in the soil, every season before the season begins, so these chemicals are also killing EVERYTHING in the soil they are grown in too! (Not to mention the other environmental externalities at play here...) Listen in and share this episode with someone you love - especially with someone who loves the other sweet treat byproducts of this fruit. Thank you for your support.
60 minutes | May 28, 2021
Che Axum Rice, Arsenic and the Historic, Cultural, Economic & Environmental Impacts
In this episode we're talking about rice, and we're talking to agronomist, researcher, farmer and my colleague, Che Axum. You might remember him from Season Three, but if not, he's back again this time to talk to us about rice and arsenic, specifically inorganic arsenic and other heavy metals found in rice and other food products. Rice is THE most important human food crop in the world, feeding half the world's total population. Many cultures rely on rice for food multiple meals a day and we eat billions of pounds of it every year. But why the heck is inorganic arsenic, a toxic heavy metal, in this culturally important staple food? Che helps us understand how rice is grown and why it's in there. Then we talk about what we can do to minimize our exposure to it. Listen in and share this episode with someone you love.
32 minutes | May 21, 2021
Fake Food - Adulterated Olive Oil is Impacting Our Health
In this episode we're talking about fake, adulterated olive oil. So, what the heck is going on with olive oil, you ask? Well, let me put it this way...it's expensive as all get out (as 2Chains would say, it's the "most expensivist"), it's cut with other seed oils that can cause health problems, it's an industry run (basically) by the "agro-mafia", it's labeling regulations don't exist, so producers can put whatever they want on the label, AND a few of the major sources of olive trees in Europe have a bug infestation so serious that it might bring an end to the olive oil import industry within a few years. Not to mention, we want the health benefits - namely, polyphenols. Polyphenols are naturally occurring plant compounds that help manage blood pressure, reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar, but when we're consuming adulterated olive oils cut with seed oils like safflower, sunflower, canola, soy or peanut oils, then we're dealing with a whole different barrel of monkeys. Many of those seed oils are not only pressed from GMO crops (commonly sprayed with glyphosate, aka weed killer), but they are polyunsaturated fats that do not contain polyphenols at all. In fact, they have the exact opposite effect of olive oil (a monounsaturated fat). Not only that, polyunsaturated fats are the fats that can increase your risk of heart disease and cause inflammation. I'm not going to belabor the point here, but it's a pretty "greasy" issue and neither producers nor retailers have any incentive to do anything to stop this madness. Luckily, you're going to listen to this episode, get some ideas about what we can do, and share it with someone you love so that we can all stay informed and healthy. Time Stamp 04:45 - The business of olive oil 07:33 - The most "expensivist" olive oil 09:48 - Industry standards are not being met 12:03 - Why it matters - polyphenols 14:49 - There's an "agro mafia" massive olive oil scandal 17:04 - America is the dumping ground for adulterated olive oil 21:26 - Xylella fastidiosa across Europe is destroying olive trees 23:36 - Things we can do to verify what we're buying 29:19 - Is the olive oil in your kitchen real?
31 minutes | May 14, 2021
Economics of Farming : Origins of the CSA with Booker T. Whatley
Money and profitability are real components of running ANY business. And let me tell you first hand, being a small farmer isn't going to make you a millionaire - but it can be profitable. There are many small farmers making money on small plots of land, thanks in part to this guy. Meet Booker T. Whatley. In this episode of Food, Farm & History, we're talking about a farmer who believed that "smaller was smarter". He was a black farmer from Alabama who studied with Dr. George Washington Carver, and he wrote a book called How to make $100,000 dollars Farming 25 acres With Special Plans for Prospering on 10 to 200 Acres - published in 1987 by the Regenerative Agricultural Association of Rodale Institute. Booker T. Whatley's ideas about how to be a profitable farming operation by focusing on what customers want, cutting out the middlemen/middlewomen, marketing directly to customers, and reducing labor costs by letting customers do the work for you, have been proven time and time again. Pure genius. If you care about building community, reducing food insecurity, creating a thriving local economy and eating clean, healthy food - you'll enjoy learning about this guy! I thank you for listening and sharing this episode with someone you love.
55 minutes | May 7, 2021
Zach Menchini - Microbes, Minerals & Carbon
In this episode, we’re talking to Zach Menchini - a soil enthusiast and technical soil expert who digs down into the details. He talks about how soil sequesters carbon, what we can do to help our soil be healthier and more productive. For his "day job" he's a soil consultant at Concentrates (one of my favorite places to be), and at his "other job" he’s a farmer and the founder of Campfire Farms . If you've ever wondered about how soil sequesters carbon, or what happens "down under" your soil, or how we can help change the behavior of the "big Ag players", then this is the episode to tune into. Thanks for listening in and please share this episode with someone you love. Time Stamp 03:32 - Why does soil matter? 05:15 - How can big ag create better soil? 10:07 - What are the most important plant nutrients and micronutrients? 11:34 - How does the soil sequester carbon - what is the actual process? 14:24 - Wood chips? The Carbon:Nitrogen ratio misunderstood 18:30 - The economic impact of improving soil 21:42 - Changing behavior : stop the subsidizing of NOT growing food 30:48 - The Calcium connection : The basic building block 36:22 - Soil testing : Potting Soil vs Land Soil 40:32 - How to get a good soil sample 46:52 - It takes time on the land to figure out what works 47:19 - Zach’s top recommendation for building better soil
41 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Fannie Lou Hamer : Food Activism, Self-Reliance & Food Freedom
Welcome to Season Six. In this premiere episode, we’re talking about food activism, food sovereignty and food history and I’m excited to share the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer with you. Fannie Lou Hamer was a pioneer, a courageous and determined woman, farmer, chef, freedom fighter, singer, mother, wife, friend and survivor and I am honored to dedicate this episode to her. In this episode, we’re also going to talk about how Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy impacts us today, how her ideas and commitment to community, poor people and food are relevant today. Especially regarding the corporate takeover of our food systems, rising food prices, new proposed legislation and our food freedom. Thanks for listening in and please share this episode with someone you love. And remember, "Nobody's free, until everybody's free."
61 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Stacy Malkan Leading the Fight For Safe Cosmetics
Welcome to the Season 5 Finale with my guest, Stacy Malkan, one of the founders of the US Right to Know. In this episode, we're talking about cosmetics and body products, the massive influence of beauty industry on us (and especially our youth) and what we can do to help change the industry and more importantly, relay this important information to future generations. Stacy is an author and investigative journalist who created the Safe Cosmetics campaign and has been at the forefront of this very important issue for decades. This is an important conversation to have. Why? So that we can all understand the impact that corporations, manufacturers and politicians have over the many products that we use in our hair and on our skin everyday. Let's listen in so we can begin to stand up together. Please share this episode with someone you love...because with steadily declining fertility rates, our grandchildren depend on it! TIMESTAMP 02:47 - Intro 04:03 - Bioaccumulation of lead - we’re getting it from many things 07:26 - How can companies do better 10:22 - Big business - what can we do about the compounding problems? 17:09 - Beauty influencers aren’t our parents anymore - how can we educate the current beauty industry 27:20 - Does better cost more, and why? Healthy should be available to everyone 30:34 - Most expensive doesn’t mean better/cleaner 33:07 - Why it’s so hard for industry to change 34:30 - Health and fertility outcomes - connecting the dots 39:48 - What are health outcomes going to look like in 20 years 50:09 - Passing the baton, will a change in political systems work? 53:45 - Bringing the darkness into the light!
46 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Talking with Gus from Naked Acres : Pasture, Animals and Market Farming
In this episode I'm talking with Gus from Naked Acres. She and her wife Margo, own and operate Naked Acres Farm in Beavercreek, OR. With their combined veterinary and science backgrounds, it's no wonder they are finding a successful groove in the local community. What's great about this conversation is, the quality of the food we buy is reflective of the health of the soil it's grown in...even the grasses and hay that Gus' animals eat! You'll hear some "farm noises" because this was an "on farm" interview in Gus' high tunnel greenhouse! And if you're into building soil, make sure to listen in because Gus shares some real "gems" and insight into the science of soil and soil nutrients! Wanna support this podcast? It's easy... Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share this episode with a farmer or gardener that you love! Chow.
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