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Produced and recorded in the studios of Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner explores food issues that affect you. Join host Jon Steinman and guests as they expose the stories behind our food and discuss more sustainable methods of getting this food into our stomachs. The show is not restricted to only current affairs, but probes into the processes and actions to which we have all become so accustomed throughout our daily routine, and "deconstructs" them to achieve a more discriminating awareness.






Kootenay Co-op Radio att: Deconstructing Dinner 308A Hall St. Nelson, British Columbia, Canada V1L 1Y8 250-352-9600


Grocery Story - Kickstarter Campaign (July 17 - August 16)

An update from Jon Steinman about his latest initiative that is looking for your support through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Across the USA and Canada, communities are realizing that the most effective way to respond to the handful of grocery giants controlling the food supply is to become a co-owner in their neighborhood grocery stores. This campaign will support the development and writing of the book Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. By...

Duration: 00:10:19

NEW - The Importance of Garlic to Small-Scale Farmers

Across the US and Canada, there is an exciting emergence of a unique type of food festival – a festival for garlic! When looking at a map of where garlic festivals are emerging, it’s clear that garlic knows no geographic boundaries – it’s a food that grows well in most climates across the continent. This popularity of garlic festivals appears to be communicating an important story – a story of our longing to connect and celebrate with one another around food, a story of people wanting to...

Duration: 00:36:50

NEW - Genetically Engineered Honey?

Honey – one of the most natural foods. In the supermarket, honey is found labelled as coming from clover, buckwheat, alfalfa or maybe orange blossom. The label might just read ‘honey’ without any indication of its source of nectar. But is the nectar source even important to those of us wishing to become more conscientious eaters? As Deconstructing Dinner has discovered, there is a curiosity surrounding honey – a curiosity, which has rarely, if ever, been spoken…. until now! It turns out,...

Duration: 00:23:14

NEW - How Organic is an 'Organic' Egg?

Deconstructing Dinner's Jon Steinmansits down with Mark Kastel - the co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute - a populist farm policy research group based in Wisconsin. Mark and Jon discuss the changing face of organic food. Using eggs as an example - Mark explains howeaters can exercise a more discriminating awareness when purchasing 'organic' eggs. Features: Mark Kastel, Co-Founder, Cornucopia Institute(La Farge, WI)

Duration: 00:28:13

NEW - Year-Round vs. Seasonal Eating

It's not uncommon for most of us eaters to view the system supplying us with food as being separate from us, but on this podcast, one of Canada's most recognized food policy analysts offers his perspectives which suggest otherwise. Instead, the food system has in many waysbeen designed to satisfy the demands that we make every day to eat the same food, year-round, regardless of season, geography or climate. It seems that we eaters, have become so accustomed to that fresh tomato slice on...

Duration: 00:40:40

NEW - Conventional vs. Organic Wheat

More On this all-new podcast, Deconstructing Dinner's Jon Steinman examines some of the key differences between conventional and organically produced wheat. Features: Stephen Jones, Director, Washington State University Research Station (Mount Vernon, WA) Kevin Christensen, Owner, Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill (Burlington, WA) Sam Lucy, Farmer, Bluebird Grain Farm (Winthrop, WA) Roy Lawrence, Farmer, Kootenay Grain CSA...

Duration: 00:27:14

"A Farewell... For Now!" (incl. Update on Eggs Investigation)

More This episode #193 marks the final broadcast of Deconstructing Dinner before we embark on a much-needed break. Producer & Host Jon Steinman speaks about the need to step away from producing new shows and what future might lie ahead. Jon also shares some reflections on the past 5 years of producing this weekly one-hour radio show and podcast, and offers suggestions to those involved in the responsible food movement - a movement which this show has...

Duration: 00:59:53

"The Local Grain Revolution X (Year 3 & Lopez Island Grain Project)"

More Since March 2008, Deconstructing Dinner has been tracking the evolution of the Kootenay Grain CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the interior of British Columbia. The project is Canada's first community supported agriculture project for grain and it's been quite a while since we've checked in with how it's evolved throughout it's third year. Also on this part 10 of the series, we learn about the many grain projects underway elsewhere in...

"Exploring Ethnobiology IV (The Immaterial Components of Food Sovereignty /

More Exploring Ethnobiology is a new series Deconstructing Dinner has been airing since June. Through a scientific lens, ethnobiology examines the relationships between humans and their surrounding plants, animals and ecosystems. With seemingly more and more people becoming interested in developing closer relationships with our surroundings (our food, the earth), there's much we can all learn from ethnobiologists, and in particular, from the...

"TED Talks on Food w/Jamie Oliver, Carolyn Steel & Christien Meindertsma"

More TED has become an incredibly popular series of conferences featuring inspiring speakers from around the world. TED is a small non-profit devoted to what they call - "Ideas Worth Spreading." Starting out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design, TED has since broadened its scope to include two annual conferences in California, a global conference in the UK and many on-line resources...

"Packaged Foods Exposed V (Unilever 3 Years Later) / Unequal Harvest"

More Packaged Foods Exposed V Deconstructing Dinner revisits with our popular series - Packaged Foods Exposed. Launched in 2006, the series examines the largest manufacturers of processed foods in the country and takes an often overlooked and critical perspective of these powerful companies. When Deconstructing Dinner last aired this series, we featured a two-part expos of Unilever. With three years having now transpired since those episodes, it...

"Exploring Ethnobiology III / Investigating Eggs Update"

More Exploring Ethnobiology III In May 2010, Deconstructing Dinner travelled to Vancouver Island where two international conferences on ethnobiology were being hosted. Ethnobiology examines the relationships between humans and their surrounding plants, animals and ecosystems. Today, more and more people are expressing an interest to develop closer relationships with the earth. This leaves much to be learned from the research of ethnobiologists, and...

"Local Food Fraud?: An Investigation"

More An exclusive behind-the-scenes investigative report taking an in-depth look into alleged local food fraud. With the rapid rise in interest among North Americans to support locally produced food and with the premium people are willing to pay for that food, it leaves open an attractive opportunity for food-based businesses to take advantage of this new and growing lucrative market, either honestly or not. In May 2010, Deconstructing Dinner...

"Climate Friendly Eating (Conscientious Cooks VIII)"

More On this part 8 of our Conscientious Cooks series, we listen in on a really interesting panel discussion hosted in 2008 by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (or CUESA) located in San Francisco, California. The panel was themed around the concept of Climate Friendly Eating. Voices Gail Feenstra, food systems analyst, University of California Sustainable Agriculture & Research Program (Davis, CA) Helene York, director,...

"The Future of Prison Farms V: Abducted Cows"

More Having now devoted four episodes to covering the closure of Canada's prison farms, this Part 5 of our coverage might mark a disappointing chapter for Canadians who have been hoping for a halt to the closures. While all six of these rehabilitative and job-training programs have been progressively dismantled over the past year, the August 9 removal of the dairy herd at Kingston, Ontario's Frontenac Institution is being seen by many as a nail in...

"The Erosion of Civilizations (w/David Montgomery & Ronald Wright)"

More Deconstructing Dinner has recently been reflecting on the model of agriculture itself as the primary source through which most people on earth access their food. From our exploration of ethnobiology to recent topics on permaculture, it's clear that there are other models available, which, for some people are a substitute for agriculture, and for others, complementary practices. But what within that dependence on agriculture are we all dependent...

"Exploring Ethnobiology II: Nancy Turner"

More In May 2010, Deconstructing Dinner travelled to Vancouver Island where two international conferences on ethnobiology were being hosted. Ethnobiology examines the relationships between humans and their surrounding plants, animals and ecosystems. Today, more and more people are expressing an interest to develop closer relationships with the earth. This leaves much to be learned from the research of ethnobiologists, and in particular, from the...

"Are Agricultural Systems Sustainable? (Toby Hemenway on Permaculture)"

More Much of the content of Deconstructing Dinner revolves primarily around the practice of agriculture; from examining the downsides and challenges of current agricultural systems to the opportunities and alternatives to those challenges. However, most of those alternatives that we examine are 'agri'cultural alternatives, and so from time to time it's important to step back and deconstruct that very focus... asking the question; "Are 'agri'cultural...

"Fermenting Revolution / Deconstructing Dinner in our Schools II" (revisite

More Fermenting Revolution (First aired July 19, 2007) For many people, it would be quite welcoming advice to learn that drinking beer could save the world from perhaps an unpredictable changing climate, from pollution, from corporate-driven political agendas, from declining levels of happiness, from increasing levels of stress, from gender inequality, from families and relationships falling apart and from communities that have lost their sense of...

"Vancouver's Backyard Chickens II / Bucky Buckaw"

More The second of a two-part feature on the City of Vancouver's multi-year process to approve backyard chickens. Because of the many similar debates underway within city councils across the country, this focus on Vancouver's efforts looks back over the past few years to track just how this process first began and how it evolved from there. Perhaps other hopeful or illegal backyard chickeners can glean some pointers from Vancouver's efforts. Among the...
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