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Episode 121: Salmonella, anyone?

Jean Halloran, Director of Food Initiatives at Consumer Reports, joins the show to discuss how outbreaks like the recent discovery of Salmonella in Jennie-O’s fresh ground turkey, are managed and hopefully prevented in our food system.


Episode 120: Gettin' Hot in Here

Marcia DeLong, a Senior Scientist in the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), joins host Jenna Liut to discuss the myriad effects climate change will have on our food and agriculture systems.


Episode 119: Organic: All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Demand for organic products continue to rise as consumers become increasingly conscientious about their food choices.


Episode 118: The Dead Zone: Runoff in our Waterways

Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution is wreaking havoc on our waterways - notably in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Great Lakes - and is getting worse every year. Science journalist Virgina Gewin discusses the extent of the problem, remedies that will drastically improve the sustainability of current farming practices, and what it will take for widespread adoption of these innovative methods.


Episode 117: Past Due: The Farm Bill

The Farm Bill – the primary legislation passed by Congress that sets national nutrition, agriculture and conservation policy – officially expired on October 1st, with no new legislation to take it's place. So, what now?


Episode 116: Big Chicken

The United Nations calls the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria the "the greatest and most urgent global risk," an epidemic that is projected to cost the world $100 trillion (TRILLION) and cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050. For a long time, it was thought that antibiotic resistance was only caused by misuse of these drugs in medicine, but in her book ""Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats," author Maryn...


Episode 115: (Not So) High Times

The abundance and prevalence of CBD products has exploded in recent months – so much so that even Coca-Cola is considering making a line of wellness beverages infused with CBD. With the rapidly changing – and ever confusing – cannabis landscape, journalist Lisa Gill joins host Jenna Liut to shed light on the CBD industry in particular - discussing what it is, how it’s used, and why it has suddenly become so popular. Gill, an expert in the public health and drug field, is the Deputy Editor at...


Episode 114: Eating NAFTA

With the renegotiation of NAFTA currently underway and a new trade agreement close to being finalized, host Jenna Liut welcomes author Alyshia Galvez to the show to discuss the repercussions the deal has had on the U.S. and Mexican food system. Alyshia is a Professor of Latin American and Latino studies at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and she is also the author of the recently published book, “Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico,” where she...


Episode 113: A Small Word After All

The agriculture industry, including both U.S. farms and agribusiness, has been undergoing widespread and persistent consolidation for decades. And yet, family farms continue to account for most U.S. food production. Those are among the conclusions of "Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture," a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS). At the same time, three mega-mergers between agricultural chemical and seed producers have been...


Episode 112: SNAP Software Snafu

In recent weeks, the Novo Dia Group, an Austin-based company that processes approximately 40% of SNAP transactions at farmers markets nationwide, said it will end its service by July 31st, leaving a big gap in the ability for farmers markets to serve low-income customers. Joining Host Jenna Liut to dig deeper into what exactly happened and the repercussions of Nova Dia’s decision is Leah Douglas, Associate Editor and Staff Writer at the Food & Environment Reporting Network who has covered...


Episode 111: Got Milk?

If the 1990s has taught us anything, we know that Kate Moss, Tom Brady, and Kermit the Frog certainly do! And that over 220 billion liters of fluid white milk was estimated to be consumed worldwide in 2016. Indeed, milk is one of those ubiquitous refrigerator staples available in vast quantities anywhere food is sold. And yet, despite its extreme popularity, author Mark Kurlansky refers to it as “the most argued over food in history.” In his new book, “Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas,”...


Episode 110: Taste The Future

Question: What has 3 times the protein, uses 15 times less water, and produces 2,000 times less methane gas than beef? Answer: crickets! Indeed, many believe that insects will be the food of the future, and crickets are one of the most palatable, sustainable, and nutritious options. Robyn Shapiro, CEO and Founder of Seek Food - makers of cricket protein food brands - joins host Jenna Liut to discuss how her company is working to make eating insects more mainstream in the West. Robyn also...


Episode 109: How to Feed the World

By 2050 we will have 10 billion mouths to feed in a world profoundly altered by environmental change. This of course begs the question – how will we do this? Joining host Jenna Liut with the inside scoop on what factors need to be addressed in order to achieve global food security is Dr. Ken Foster. Ken is an award-winning professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, where he teaches agricultural price analysis and applied time series analysis. He served as the Head of the...


Episode 108: A Conversation with Deb Eschmeyer

Host Jenna Liut is thrlled to welcome Deb Eschmeyer to the show today. A dedicated and passionate food system reformer, Deb's work has included organic farming; co-founding the national nonprofit, FoodCorps; and serving as the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and the Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama Administration. Currently, she is the VP of Communications and Community Affairs at Danone North America. In this episode, we will more about how – in each of these roles – she...


Episode 107: Water, Water Everywhere

Michigan, which sits in the middle of one-fifth of the Earth’s surface freshwater and has a higher percentage of surface water than any other American state, has experienced a spate of water related issues in the past few years - from the 2014 Flint water crisis to the Detroit municipality water shutoffs amid a recent announcement from Nestle that it will be increasing the amount of water it bottles and sells from the state. Joining the show today to discuss the current status of these...


Episode 106: Nudge, Nudge

Have you ever wondered why most grocery stores – despite the chain – more or less have the same floor plan? Or why candy bars are always available at the cash register? The layout of stores and strategic placement of certain items is the result of a purposeful decision-making progress designed to encourage people to buy more of one thing or another. Often, the items offered for sale tend to have a lower nutritional value – helping to fuel high levels of obesity and diet related disease...


Episode 105: Interview with Jillian Hishaw, Founding Director of F.A.R.M.S.

Jillian Hishaw joins the show to talk about her work as the Founding Director of F.A.R.M.S., a nonprofit located in the South that provides legal services to small farmers and hunger relief services in their community. Her work has largely focused on the aging challenges farmers face, many of which go overlooked and underreported. Host Jenna Liut talks to Jillian about what those issues are, the impact she and her organization have had to date, and what she will be advocating for in the...


Episode 104: Hemp on the Horizon

Hemp is a plant that has an enormous opportunity to benefit the american agricultural system in myriad ways and yet has been faced with a series of legal and regulatory issues over the past several decades. Joining the show to give an update on the legality of hemp cultivation in the U.S. and her recent article on the matter, “Hemp is on the Horizon. Will it Change the Game for Farm Country,” is Christina Cooke. Christina is a freelance writer and associate editor at Civil Eats – a daily...


Episode 103: SNAP Decisions

Caitlin Dewey, who covers food policy for Wonkblog at the Washington Post, joins the show to talk all about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, one of the most important, successful, and misunderstood welfare programs in the US today. Perhaps because of these misunderstandings, it is often a target, with many lawmakers actively working to dramatically decrease the amount spent on the program and the number of people it supports. Most recently, the Trump Administration has put...


Episode 102: Reaping What We Sow

Kara Cook-Schultz from U.S. PIRG joins the show to talk about their recently released report, Reaping What We Sow: How the Practices of Industrial Agriculture Put Our Health and Environment at Risk, that breaks down the problems of industrial agriculture and offers common-sense solutions. Host Jenna Liut is also speaks with Seth Watkins, 4th generation Iowa farmer whose grandmother, Jessie Field Shambaugh, started 4H. Seth offers his experience in implementing the types of sustainable...