Rank #1: Episode 3: Joan Gussow: Food, Sustainability and the Climate
This week on Eating Matters, host Kim Kessler welcomes in studio Ralph Loglisci of the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) and via phone, Nadia Johnson of Just Food. Kicking off the show with a discussion about the recent People’s Climate March which recently occurred in New York City, Ralph and Nadia share their opinions on why the march and its cause is very connected to concerns about food and food policy. After the break, Kim gets Joan Gussow on the line to add her thoughts. Joan, a well known professor, author, food policy expert, environmentalist and gardener, is someone that The New York Times has called the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement.” Kim talks with Joan about the idea of what is referred to as ‘information pollution’ in the food industry. Seeking the truth behind controversial topics, it is increasingly difficult to find an unbiased information, especially when large corporations are concerned. Joan has led her classes through ways to dissect this type of problem and to be on the watch for who might be sponsoring such information. Taking on other hot topics spawned by the People’s Climate March, Joan initiates great talking points and encourages the consumer to educate themselves about where their food comes from and at what cost. Tune in for a thought-provoking episode picking up where the People’s Climate March left off. This program was brought to you by White Oak Pastures.
“I tell my students that the best thing you can do is to have some kind of cognizant frame where to put each piece of information, otherwise you end up with a heap of stuff.” [26:08]
“If you’re going to talk about climate issues, you can’t really avoid talking the fact that we eat way too much meat – too much protein, period.” [29:18]
“Recognize, as Barbara Kingsolver said long ago, that whatever great thing you do today remember that it began with eating something that came out of soil.” [35:25]
—Joan Gussow on Eating Matters
Sep 25 2014
Rank #2: Episode 29: Phrased and Confused: Demystifying Food Labeling
Are food labels telling the whole truth? With the number of buzz words cluttering labels on products lately, it’s easy to feel disenchanted browsing the aisles of even the best grocers. This week on Eating Matters, host Kim Kessler and co-producer Jenna Liut are on the line with Stephen Gardner and Diana Winters in an effort to demystify food labels, some of which that have even spurred lawsuits. Stephen heads the food law practice at the Stanley Law Group of Dallas, Texas while Diana is a Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Tune in for a great discussion!
“There’s been some indications that companies are moving away from using the word ‘natural’ because it is seen as a litigation magnet… but companies are moving to other words like using ‘fresh’ instead of ‘natural.'” [15:40]
–Diana Winters on Eating Matters
“I find it hilarious for companies to complain that it’s just a bunch of lawyers trying to make money when they’re being sued over their lying to people in order to make money!” [19:50]
–Stephen Gardner on Eating Matters
Sep 24 2015
Rank #3: Episode 56: Aeroponics & AeroFarms
This week on Eating Matters, we bring you a special field piece recorded at AeroFarms - an indoor, vertical farm - in Newark, New Jersey. Jenna Liut teams up with fellow Heritage Radio Network hosts Erin Fairbanks (The Farm Report) and Chef Emily Peterson (Sharp and Hot) to tour the company's state-of-the-art aeroponic facility that uses a patented technology, allowing the growing of food indoors without sun or soil, using 95% less water than in the field. Tune in for our tour of the facility, a 30,000 square foot former paintball and laser tag arena which houses the largest vertical farm in the world.
Jun 01 2016
Rank #4: Episode 26: Feeding Navajo Nation
This week on Eating Matters, host Kim Kessler is joined by assistant producer Talia Ralph for a show focusing on feeding the Navajo Nation. The Navajo, like many other American Indians and Alaska Natives, struggle with some of the worst health outcomes in the United States. Sonlatsa Jim-Martin of the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Project and Ona Balkus of the REACH Food Coalition via Harvard University join the program talking about their combined efforts to mobilize community and change the current lacking regional food systems and healthcare delivery. Sonlatsa and Ona explain that their goal is to improve the overall health of high-risk patients with poorly controlled chronic diseases and those at risk of developing chronic diseases living within Navajo Nation. Also discussing how these helpful efforts began as well as the highlights and challenges of this important food advocacy, Kim gets the scoop on what’s next for COPE and REACH Projects efforts. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.
Photo via Partners In Health website
“A lot of the problems with the food system in Navajo Nation are ones that go back many generations.”
—Ona Balkus on Eating Matters
“This connection that we have with food is a part of our fundamental laws as Navajo people. It’s a part of our spiritual wellness and it is a customary law that goes into our teachings about the Earth and our relationship with food and water.”
—Sonlatsa Jim-Martin on Eating Matters
Apr 09 2015
Rank #5: Episode 38: The Kids Menu
Wrapping up the radio season, Eating Matters hosts Kim Kessler and Jenna Liut are talking kids menus – where they came from and how they reflect the state of the broader food environment and culture in America today. Kids also represent a highly targeted and sought after portion of the consumer population. With the rise of kids menus came marketing to children, which really took off starting with the first ever ‘happy meal,’ in the 1970s. Today marketing food to kids specifically is a multi-billion dollary industry and many believe is responsible in part for the high rates of obesity and diet-related disease. Helping to further delve into these issues and possibly policy solutions are Austin Bryniarski, George Weld, chef and owner of Egg, and Jennifer Harris, the Director of Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.
Dec 17 2015
Rank #6: Episode 98: Improving Our Food System, One Shipping Container At A Time
Building and sustaining regional food systems has been a much discussed topic this season, and in this episode, host Jenna Liut speaks with Tobias Peggs, Co-Founder and CEO of Square Roots - a company doing just that. Square Roots is an urban farming and entrepreneurship platform that strengthens communities through real food. They discuss how and why Square Roots was launched, what the company hopes to achieve, and the immense impact it can have on how we produce and consume food in this country.
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Dec 03 2017
Rank #7: 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 prevalent in our society today. But what if these strategies and subtle cues that influence all of our decision-making processes were used to promote healthy items instead?
Joining the show today to discuss the possibility of using behavioral economic based interventions to lead food consumers of all ages to healthier diets is Dr. David Just, whose recent paper, titled “Influencing the food choices of SNAP consumers: Lessons from economics, psychology and marketing” was just published in the Journal of Food Policy. Dr. Just is currently a professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He serves as co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. David’s work uses the tools of psychology and economics to examine important ways in which misperception and emotion can drive economic decisions.
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Apr 08 2018
Rank #8: 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 policies that simultaneously address hunger, obesity and the effects of agricultural production on the environment.
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Jul 14 2019
Rank #9: Episode 43: Food Startups with Derek Denckla, Ethan Brown, and Alex Sorenson
In this episode of Eating Matters, Jenna is joined by the founders of 3 food companies representing different aspects of the startup communities. Derek Denckla draws from his years of experience as an advisor in the business startup world to talk about the changing face of food tech startups. Ethan Brown, founder of Beyond Meat, shares his vision on future sustainability through meat alternatives. Chef Alex Sorenson of Blank Slate Kitchen discusses his transition from chef to entrepreneur.
“Now you go to bars, people don’t talk about I’m in a band, they talk about their startup.” [12:30]
–Derek Denckla on Eating Matters
“My approach is one of collaboration and trying to transition the system.” [30:30]
–Ethan Brown of Beyond Meat on Eating Matters
Feb 18 2016
Rank #10: Episode 36: Product of Mexico
“Product of Mexico” – an all too common sticker on many tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers arriving in the USA by the ton, found in your local grocery store. This week on _ Eating Matters _, Kim Kessler and guest co-host Evan Hanczor is on the line with reporter Richard Marosi who is behind the Pulitzer Prize nominated investigative series Product of Mexico featured in the Los Angeles Times, heavily commenting on the conditions that Mexican agricultural workers face. Richard emphasizes the poor conditions endured throughout their lives and the corporations that are to blame, though these corporations claim their Mexican suppliers have committed to decent treatment and living conditions for workers. Tune in to this important show for more and learn how to take action.
“There’s not regular oversight or media attention given to these issues.” [19:30]
“There’s a history of squashing labor movements in Mexico – sometimes violently.” [21:00]
–Richard Marosi on Eating Matters
Dec 03 2015
Rank #11: Episode 60: Nature's Perfect Food
On this episode of Eating Matters, host Jenna Liut and Associate Producer Taylor Lanzet dive into the world of milk with their guest Melanie Dupuis. Melanie discusses how milk grew to be ubiquitous — a staple in the American diet. Melanie, the author of Nature’s Perfect Food, guides us through the religious, political and sociological factors from the past two centuries that paved the way for the industrialization of fluid milk.
Later on the show, we are joined by Liz Vaknin and Shelley Golan, Co-Founders of Our Name Is Farm, this week’s featured startup.
Jul 13 2016
Rank #12: Episode 69: Farm to Table 101
This week, host Jenna Liut and associate producer Taylor Lanzet talk with Darryl Benjamin and Lyndon Virkler about their newly published book "Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Food Systems for Students, Professionals and Consumers."
Later on the show, they are joined by Birgit Cameron, Senior Director of Patagonia Provisions, a brand extension of the outdoor clothing and gear company, founded in 2012.
Oct 21 2016
Rank #13: Episode 46: Campus Hunger
This week, host Jenna Liut is talking about campus hunger. Although not typically associated with institutes of higher education, evidence suggests that food insecurity among US college students is rising, especially in light of increased enrollment rates and the evolving demographics among students. Just how prevalent is food insecurity on college campuses? What are some viable long and short term solutions to address this issue? Joining the show today to discuss these questions and more are three experts on the subject: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at University of Wisconsin Madison and author of the report “Hungry to Learn” which analyzed food insecurity among community college students across the country; **Nate Smith-Tyge, ** a PhD student at Michigan State University (MSU) and longtime Director of the MSU Student Food Bank; and Triada Stampas, Vice President for Research and Public Affairs at the Food Bank for NYC.
“I think the main problem…is that we have failed to recognize that the undergraduate in American higher education has changed over time, and we have not equipped our colleges and universities, and changed our policies, to meet the needs of today’s students.” [20:10] – Sara Goldrick-Rab
Mar 10 2016
Rank #14: Episode 67: All Pumped Up: Antibiotics in Meat
On this episode of Eating Matters host Jenna Liut and associate producer Taylor Lanzet discuss the prevalence and repercussions of antibiotic use in our food system. Emilie Aguirre, an Academic Fellow at the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy at UCLA’s School of Law, provides an overview of the current regulatory landscape and what conscious consumers need to know.
Later on the show, we speak with Ben Simon, co-founder & CEO of Imperfect Produce, an innovative ugly produce company based in San Francisco.
Sep 28 2016
Rank #15: Episode 47: From Farm to Canal Street
On today's episode of Eating Matters, host Jenna Liut speaks with Valerie Imbruce about her new book, From Farm To Canal Street, which tells the story of one of New York City's oldest and most vibrant ethnic enclaves - Chinatown. The book explains how Chinatown's food network operates, diverging from the global trend to consolidate food production and distribution. Touted as "essential reading for anyone interested in who produces food for urban areas and how it gets into cities" by Marion Nestle, this book is not to be missed.
Mar 17 2016
Rank #16: Episode 82: Real Food Revolution
On today's episode of Eating Matters, host Jenna Liut speaks with Congressman Tim Ryan about his book, The Real Food Revolution, in which he writes about the myriad challenges facing our food system, the cumulative effect they have on our health and the environment, and some common sense actions that any of us can undertake as citizens to improve our collective quality of life, now and for future generations. Congressman Ryan represents Ohio’s 13th district, and was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 2002. He is now serving his eighth term, and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.
Mar 05 2017
Rank #17: 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.
Jun 18 2017
Rank #18: Episode 32: On the Books: Interview with Author Leanne Brown
This week on _ Eating Matters _, hosts Kim Kessler and Jenna Liut welcome Leanne Brown to the studio, author of Good and Cheap, a free PDF cookbook for low-income and Food Stamps recipients. Leanne explains that while the project may have started as her graduate thesis, it became much bigger than that to the point where she made the book available as a free PDF download to ensure the recipes make it into the hands of those who can’t afford a copy. Everyone should eat great food every day. Eating well means learning to cook and means banishing the mindset that preparing daily meals is a huge chore or takes tremendous skill. Tune in for an inspiring episode!
Oct 29 2015
Rank #19: Episode 42: Aquaculture: All That Fishy?
Tune in to Eating Matters this week as Jenna Liut and guests are talking about a part of the food system worldwide that gets little attention in the U.S. – aquaculture. Globally, aquaculture is a $100 billion industry, comprising over one half of the world’s seafood production. Because of the significant problem of overfishing and the depletion of wild fish stocks globally, it is expected to become an increasingly critical part of the human food supply. In fact, one projection by the World Bank estimates that two-thirds of global seafood supply will come from aquaculture by 2030. Moreover, many healthy food advocates, environmental groups, and scientists have pointed to domestic aquaculture as a potential source for more sustainable, better regulated seafood. Joining today to give an overview of the industry – including support for and concern about the practices – is the panel of experts: Breanna Draxler, Patty Lovera and Bren Smith.
Feb 11 2016
Rank #20: Episode 122: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, Part 1
Tim Searchinger, lead author of the World Resources Institute’s recently released report titled “Creating a Sustainable Food Future: A Menu of Solutions to Sustainably Feed More Than 9 Billion People by 2050,” joins host Jenna Liut to discuss what it will take to feed the world’s booming population over the next 30 years without having devastating and irrevocable effects on the planet. This episode is Part 1 of 2 in our coverage of this landmark report.
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Dec 17 2018