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Episode 142: Shop With Your Heart

Although 76% of consumers are reported to be concerned about farm animal welfare, food labels and marketing claims have become alarmingly misleading, making it incredibly difficult for consumers to have the impact they seek to make through their purchasing power. Daisy Freund, Director of Farm Animal Welfare at the ASPCA, joins host Jenna Liut to discuss the exciting work the organization is doing to help consumers navigate food labels, elevate meaningful farm animal welfare certifications,...


Episode 141: Catching Up with Kim Kessler

Kim Kessler, the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - and Eating Matters creator! - joins host Jenna Liut to discuss the agency's innovative and impactful work in promoting and protecting the health of all New Yorkers. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 140: Food Policy Primer

Host Jenna Liut welcomes Dr. Marlene Schwartz, Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, back on the show to discuss the article she co-authored with Dr. Kelly Brownell and Dr. Lee Miller that was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. The article, “Primer on US Food and Nutrition Policy and Public Health,” explores the critical and inextricable link between agriculture and public health and demonstrates the need for...


Episode 139: What's Good

Alexander Gillett, CEO and Co-Founder of HowGood – which specializes in rating companies and products based on their environmental, social and labor practices – joins host Jenna Liut to discuss how they have amassed the largest database on food and personal care product sustainability in the world. With over 1,000,000 rated products, HowGood is creating a more transparent supply chain that helps consumers and businesses alike make informed, sustainability-minded decisions. It's HRN's annual...


Episode 138: Snailblazer, Trailblazer

Naama Tamir, co-owner of Lighthouse and Lighthouse Outpost, was recently named as Slow Food NYC's 2019 "Snailblazer," a designation granted to changemakers committed to creating a better food system. Her work exemplifies the big impact that one small business can have on a broader goal of good, clean, fair food for all. Naama joins host Jenna Liut in the studio to discuss the various sustainability and labor initiatives underway at both of her Brookly and NYC-based restaurants. Eating...


Episode 137: Food Routes

Host Jenna Liut is joined by Robyn Metcalfe, author of the newly published book, “Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating,” to unpack the unbelievable complexities of the current food supply chain and discuss how technology will impact the future of how our food gets from the field to our fork. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 136: Not Safe Enough to Drink

Roundup, a common glyphosate-based herbicide made by Monsanto, is back in the news as a California jury recently ordered the company to pay $2 billion in damages to a married couple who both developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which they say was caused by many years of using this product. Carey Gillam, investigative journalist and author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, joins host Jenna Liut to discuss the science behind glyphosate, how it became...


Episode 135: Dead Species Walking

This week, a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was released stating that nature is declining globally at unprecedented rates and the rate of species extinction is accelerating. One million (out of eight million) plant and animal species are now on the verge of extinction. Joining the show to help explain why and the extent to which the decline in biodiversity is happening, the consequences of the decline and...


Episode 134: Eating Tomorrow

This season of Eating Matters has focused a lot on how to feed a growing world’s population without completely destroying the planet and policies and programs – past, present and future – aimed at helping us get there. In the final episode of Eating Matters for the season, host Jenna Liut interviews author Tim Wise about his new book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers and the Battle for the Future of Food, which brings together many of the previously discussed policies and lays...


Episode 133: Organic Valley

Host Jenna Liut sits down with Organic Valley’s Mission Executive, Leslie Kruempel, to discuss their unique co-op model and brand strategy. Kruempel explains the history of Organic Valley, the participation of its 2,000 family farmers, and their new ad campaign “Call Us Crazy But It’s Working.” They also discuss more nuanced topics like Grassmilk, labeling and Greenwashing trends, and balancing reliance on ruminants with an increased push for sustainability. Eating Matters is powered by...


Episode 132: Representative Earl Blumenauer

Host Jenna Liut talks with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) about why he gives the 2018 Farm Bill a "D+," his work on the New Green Deal, and how every politician - regardless of their committee assignments - must prioritize food and agriculture systems reform. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 131: Part 2: The ABCs of GMOs

Host Jenna Liut continues her conversation with Greg Jaffe, Director of the Project on Biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on everything you need to know about genetic engineering. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 130: Part 1: The ABCs of GMOs

International agricultural biotechnology and biosafety expert from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Greg Jaffe, joins host Jenna Liut to share everything you need to know about genetic engineering. Whether you are a skeptic or supporter, this episode will help you better understand the facts – including the science, regulation and controversies surrounding the use of this technology. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 129: Good Intentions: The Renewable Fuels Standard

What did Ted Cruz get right that the 2020 field of Democratic Presidential candidates are getting wrong? The answer is his view that the Renewable Fuels Standard is failed policy in need of reform. Environmental journalist and author Michael Grunwald joins host Jenna Liut to unpack what the Renewable Fuels Standard entails, why it has arguably caused more environmental harm than good since its inception, and where we need to go from here. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 128: Green. New. Deal.

Introduced in early February by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that calls for the U.S. to become carbon neutral and to supply 100% of the country’s electricity from carbon-free energy sources by 2030. But what does this grand plan to tackle climate change actually entail and what does it mean for our food system? Award-winning journalist Christopher D. Cook joins host Jenna...


Episode 127: The Chef's Collaborative

Members of the Chef's Collaborative - including Chef & Owner of Nicks on Broadway, Derek Wagner; Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms, Marc Oshima; and, Chef Jake Rojas of Tallulah's Taqueria - join Host Jenna Liut to discuss the work that the non-profit has done over the past 25 years to create a more sustainable food system. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 126: The Ripple Effect

Co-founders Adam Lowry and Neil Renninger join the show to discuss their newest company, Ripple Foods, makers of nutritious plant-based milk products. Adam and Neil discuss how they created the cleanest plant protein on the planet, the sustainability impact the company is having, and the current state of the non-dairy industry. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.


Episode 125: Sustainability & The Farm Bill

The Farm Bill has an enormous potential to improve the sustainability of our food system by supporting and funding major initiatives that mitigate agriculture's impact on climate change. After a long and drawn out process, the legislation was finally reauthorized in December 2018. Alyssa Charney, Senior Policy Specialist at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, joins host Jenna Liut to provide an update on the finalized conservation programs that were approved and the impact they...


Episode 124: The Radical Center

Gary Paul Nabhan, author and father of the local food movement, joins host Jenna Liut to talk about his new book, “Food from the Radical Center: Healing our Communities and our Land,” which contains a collection of stories that illustrate what good can happen when people organize and work together to restore land in order to produce healthy foods. They discuss just how divided our nation is today, various community-based collaborative restoration strategies, and the unprecedented impacts...


Episode 123: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, Part 2

The second of a two-part series discussing the World Resources Institute’s report titled “Creating a Sustainable Food Future: A Menu of Solutions to Sustainably Feed More Than 9 Billion People by 2050.” Host Jenna Liut interviews its lead author, Tim Searchinger, about the innovative and sobering changes that are necessary to feed the world’s booming population without completely destroying the plant over the next 30 years. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast