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Episode 95: Rethinking NAFTA

Let's get wonky and talk about how international trade policy effects on our food system. (Best teaser ever.) The re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Mexico and Canada began on August 16, and can have huge repercussions on our food supply, farmers and the land. Ben Lilliston joins Host Jenna Liut to unpack the effects NAFTA has had on our food system over the past twenty years – and the potential effects that renegotiating the agreement could...

Duration: 00:48:57

Episode 94: Saving Seeds (our palates & our food system)

Steph Gaylor founded Invincible Summer Farms in 2005 to grow and sell fresh produce, collaborate with chefs and the food community, and save rare seeds. She harvests 3,000 pounds of tomatoes alone (not to mention everything else) by herself while maintaining a seed bank with over 2,000 different varieties of tomatoes. Steph works to preserve the history and story of heirloom plants and is a steward for orphaned varieties and is one of the founding members of the Long Island Regional Seed...

Duration: 00:50:59

Episode 93: To Be Or Not To Be

On this episode of Eating Matters, host Jenna Liut digs into the merits of eating a plant based diet, a concept that has gained popularity in the past decade, even giving way to the development of plant based "meats." More recently, Netflix released a very pro-vegan documentary, "What the Health," which equates eating processed meats and eggs to smoking cigarettes in terms of negative health outcomes. Americans have a long history of diet obsessions, and Jenna discusses whether a plant...

Duration: 00:44:06

Episode 92: Food Relief Efforts in Houston

Over the past month, we have seen unprecedented devastation caused by multiple hurricanes hitting the US, starting with SouthEast Texas followed in rapid succession by Florida and most recently Puerto Rico. Food relief is of course one of the most important services provided during a natural disaster, and it always seems to me to be an area that receives little attention in terms of what this actually looks like. It is as challenging an undertaking as it is vital. Host Jenna Liut speaks...

Duration: 00:43:21

Episode 91: Chef Rick Moonen

Host Jenna Liut speaks with Chef Rick Moonen. Known as the “Godfather of Sustainability” among chefs, his chef advocacy for the environment began about 30 years ago with the anti-GMO movement and continues today. He is often called upon to testify in Washington, D.C. and New York on environmental and sustainable fishing policy and is currently focused on encouraging people to eat fish lower down the food chain. He has appeared on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and held executive chef...

Duration: 00:41:36

Episode 90: EatingWell's American Food Heroes

Host Jenna Liut kicks off the Fall 2017 season interviewing Jessie Price, Editor in Chief of EatingWell magazine, which recently published its first annual American Food Heroes awards in their September / October issue. The article profiles ten individuals tackling the biggest food, sustainability and nutrition issues of today. Created to shine a light on the positive changes happening in our food system today, the inaugural awards honor heroes who are working to address a diverse set of...

Duration: 00:40:55

Episode 89: The Future of Meat?

Host Jenna Liut speaks with Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of the Good Food Institute, as association that works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to bring clean meat and plant-based alternatives to animal products to market. Bruce explains the process behind creating clean (or "cultured") meat, the policy issues surrounding this burgeoning field and why vegans, vegetarians and omnivores should all be eating these products.

Duration: 00:43:39