Rank #1: Episode 29: Author Peter Kaminsky: “Culinary Intelligence”
On this week’s episode of Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is joined in the studio by Peter Kaminsky, food writer and author of Culinary Intelligence. Peter defines “culinary intelligence” and discusses his weight loss process by eliminating “white foods”: sugar, flour, potatoes, etc. Tune in to hear Katy and Peter discuss the cost effectiveness of eating seasonally, the importance of eating home-cooked meals, and why portion sizes in restaurants are causing the country’s waistbands to expand. Hear about how the Food Network has turned cooking into a sport, why a petroleum-based agricultural economy is not sustainable, and how the Western fast-food diet has spread internationally. Listen to this episode of Straight, No Chaser to learn more about health and sustainable eating! This episode has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“If things don’t have flavor, they’re not going to satisfy you. And if they don’t satisfy you, you’re going to compensate with a lot of sugar, salt, and fat.”
“They ain’t gonna change the portion size just because you walk in with health on your mind.”
“We have blazed a path, [people across they world] picking up our Slurpees and french fries.”
— Peter Kaminsky on Straight, No Chaser
Jun 03 2012
Rank #2: Episode 84: The Gulf’s Dead Zone with Paul Greenberg
This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, Katy Keiffer talks with Paul Greenberg about the state of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Paul is the author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He is currently a fellow with The Blue Ocean Institute and in April became the writer-in-residence at New York’s The South Street Seaport Museum. His next book American Catch — a book about how we lost and how we might regain American local seafood, will be published by The Penguin Press. Katy and Paul discuss his recent article published in American Prospect and FERN entitled “A River Runs Through It” about ‘the dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico. How are fertilizers causing algae blooms in the Mississippi that monopolize oxygen? Find out how corn production lends itself to agricultural runoff. Find out if it’s possible to regulate nutrient-runoff along the entire length of the Mississippi. How is nutrient loading affecting the fishing industry in the United States? Find out all of this and more on this week’s episode of What Doesn’t Kill You! Thanks to our sponsor, Heritage Foods USA. Music provided by Dead Stars.
“So much agriculture is running on auto-pilot. You don’t need as many people to run a farm anymore. If you were to put switching on your tiling, it would take too much time or money, and it wouldn’t be worth it.” [10:50]
“Any time you see a lot of soil without a cover crop, that soil can be carried by rainwater into a watershed.” [11:25]
— Paul Greenberg on What Doesn’t Kill You
Sep 22 2013
Rank #3: Episode 288: Agroforestry, an ancient concept with future implications
New interest in an ancient agricultural technnique brought together several thousand educators, scientists, and activists at a conference in France. With Erik Hoffner of Mongabay.com.
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Rank #4: Episode 24: Greenmarket NYC & Farmers Market Coalition
This week on Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is joined by Michael Hurwitz, Executive Director of Greenmarket NYC and Stacy Miller, Executive Director of The Farmers Market Coalition. Together they discuss the current state of farmers markets and how the recent growth of these markets has impacted urban life. Find out more about how immigrant populations are being considered at farmers markets and cultural gaps are being bridged through communities. Learn about everything involved in getting food from our farms to our tables. This program was sponsored by Fairway Market.
“More and more farmers are realizing that the industrial system is not working for them. 90% of our farmers would not be in production if they didn’t have the ability to sell directly to consumers.”
—Michael Hurwitz, Executive Director of Greenmarket NYC on Straight, No Chaser
Apr 22 2012
Rank #5: Episode 69: Tom Colicchio on Antibiotics
Tom Colicchio, the face of Top Chef and Craft Restaurant, is talking antibiotics in the food system on this week’s What Doesn’t Kill You. Katy Keiffer calls up Tom to talk about how he good involved in the politics of food and activism. Listen in to hear Tom talk about the differences between charity and direct action, and their respective impacts in the realm of food policy. Hear how Tom’s experience with staph has inspired him to tackle antibiotic usage in food production. How can the restaurant industry support antibiotic-free meat besides using their purchasing power? Find out how Tom’s restaurants source their meat, and how they can afford humanely-raised, antibiotic-free meat. Tune into this episode to hear more about growth promotion, the environmental effects of livestock production, and CAFO conditions. Thanks to our sponsor, Fairway Market. Thanks to Dead Stars for today’s music.
“If there is a food movement, it needs to encompass everything. We need to look at hunger issues, environment, farm safety, antibiotics… we really need to make a voting block that will vote on food issues.” [9:50]
— Tom Colicchio on What Doesn’t Kill You
May 19 2013
Rank #6: Episode 93: In Meat We Trust
This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, Katy Keiffer is joined via the phone lines by Maureen Ogle, author of In Meat We Trust to talk about the history and evolution of the meat industry in the United States over the past 140 years! Learn how ideas surrounding animal agriculture led to colonizers taking land from Native Americans. Find out how World War II initiated factory farming and the onset of automated feeding procedures. Learn how health figures like Ancel Keys greatly hurt the meat industry’s profits after publishing some untrue nutritional deficits of beef. How did Ralph Nader’s influence turn the country on to meatless meals? Tune in to hear Maureen weigh in on how our nation can turn around its food system. This program has been sponsored by White Oak Pastures. Music by Dead Stars.
“Anything that went wrong with the food system – no matter what the issue was – the meat packer’s were to blame!” [8:45]
— Maureen Ogle on What Doesn’t Kill You
Dec 15 2013
Rank #7: Episode 58: Waste Water with Jim Pynn
What happens to our waste water and how does it get cleaned? Find out on Straight, No Chaser as Katy Keiffer chats with Jim Pynn, Superintendent at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Get down and dirty as Jim explains the three steps in waterwaste treatment, including a very interesting process of using microorganisms. Find out what kinds of regulations are in place for businesses to account for chemicals in wastewater and learn how the city dealt with the effects Super Storm Sandy had on our wastewater infrastructure. This program was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“Modern waste water treatment plants were not meant for metals and petroleums. NYC has an industrial pre-treatment program. anybody with a business in NY has to report their chimerical usage to DEP and we have the right to monitor it. Any excess chemicals are the responsibility of the business.” [12:00]
–Jim Pynn, Superintendent at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Feb 24 2013
Rank #8: Episode 271: Panera's Supply Change
Nov 26 2018
Rank #9: Episode 35: Author Lynne Curry, “Pure Beef”
On this week’s episode of Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is talking cattle and beef with Lynne Curry, author of Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut. Hear Katy and Lynne trace beef from pasture to package, and how all of the processes involved with producing beef alter the way it tastes. Learn about the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef in terms of taste, texture, and look. Lynne explains the differences between the commodity cattle industry and independent, artisan meat providers, and how independent producers have a lot more control over the diet of their cattle and the taste of their beef. Hear about some of Lynne’s educational beef tastings that aim to teach consumers about the different flavors present in varieties of beef. Lynne also discusses ground meat, and why it is not necessarily of low quality! This episode has been brought to you by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
“Cows on grass produce muscle very well. They’re naturally designed to do that. But muscle becomes meat through human intervention, and all those steps in the production system I’ve described: from raising, to slaughter, to the processing, to the handling, to the butchering, to the dry-aging (or not dry-aging), to the consumer and how they cook that piece of meat. Every step in that supply chain determines the quality of meat.” — Lynne Curry on Straight, No Chaser
Jul 15 2012
Rank #10: Episode 34: Jean Halloran Of Consumers Union: Antibiotics In Food
On this week’s episode of Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is joined in the studio by Jean Halloran. Jean has worked on food safety and sustainability issues at in the Yonkers Office of Consumers Union for the last 25 years. She also works with consumer organizations globally and helped develop international standards for safety assessment of genetically engineered food at the Codex Alimentarius Commission. How do different strains of bacteria become resistant to antibiotics? And what does resistant bacteria mean in terms of food safety? Tune in to this episode to learn about sub-therapeutic antibiotic use in confined animals, and how this practice affects the food that we eat. Learn why antibiotic usage is profitable for meat producers, and why so many people in the meat industry are resistant to change. This episode has been brought to you by White Oak Pastures.
“We have a crisis, and the people who should be doing something, like the FDA or the USDA, are not stepping up to the plate.”
“You are what you eat, and what you eat is formerly you.”
“Of the antibiotics produced and sold in the United States, only 20% of are used on humans, and 80% are used on animals.”
— Jean Halloran on Straight, No Chaser
Jul 08 2012
Rank #11: Episode 90: Alfredo Gomez on Inspection Models
J. Alfredo Gomez serves as a Director in the Natural Resources and Environment team of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is responsible for overseeing the team’s work in environmental protection and food safety issues. His environment and food safety portfolio currently includes work in cleanup of hazardous substances, drinking and clean water issues, ecosystem restoration, pesticides, toxic chemicals, climate change, and USDA’s and FDA’s efforts to provide a safe food supply. On today’s episode of What Doesn’t Kill You, host Katy Keiffer speaks with Alfredo on the issue of HIMP, the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, and asks him more about the 15-year old pilot program and it’s effectiveness. With GAO recently publishing a report on HIMP, Alfredo explains his concerns about the program and poultry standards. Later,Alfredo speaks about the recent salmonella outbreak within Foster Farms chickens, and explains whether HIMP could have been a factor in this recent event. This program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn. Music by Hardbodies.
“GAO talks to everybody, we gather comments, and we draft our reports to make sure we get our facts correct.” [18:35]
— Alfredo Gomez on What Doesn’t Kill You
Nov 17 2013
Rank #12: Episode 48: Pesticides, Herbicides, and Genetics with Dr. Charles Benbrook
This week on Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is geeking out with Dr. Charles Benbrook. Dr. Benbrook is a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. He is the program leader of “Measure to Manage: Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health.” His career has focused on developing science-based systems for evaluating the public health, environmental, and economic impacts of changes in agricultural systems, biotechnology, and policy. He has worked extensively on pesticide use and risk assessment, and the development of bio-intensive Integrated pest Management. He played an important role in the evolution of the 1996 “Food Quality Protection Act,” and has produced multiple reports on agricultural biotechnology. Tune into this episode to hear about herbicide-resistant crops, and whether or not they will be a solution to extravagant herbicide usage. Learn the differences between GMO crops and hybridized plants. Are resistant insect populations a worry for farmers in the United States? Hear about some commonly used herbicides, and their health and environmental concerns. Click here for a study concerning toxicity and Roundup-resistance. This program has been sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
“This largest group of GE crops that have been planted around the world since 1996, they really don’t have anything to do with increased yields. In fact, the evidence suggests a small yield drag as a result of the genetic transformation that renders them tolerant to applications of this Roundup herbicide…” [4:55]
“I’m just trying to keep the industry honest. You will still find claims by so-called experts that today’s GE crops are reducing pesticide use. It’s just not true!” [32:00]
— Dr. Charles Benbrook on Straight, No Chaser
Dec 02 2012
Rank #13: Episode 54: Superbugs with Maryn McKenna
Maryn McKenna is talking resistant bacteria with Katy Keiffer on this week’s Straight, No Chaser! Maryn is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy, and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She is a blogger for Wired, a columnist and contributing editor for Scientific American, and writes frequently for national and international magazines including SELF, TheAtlantic.com, Nature, The Guardian, and more. Her work has also appeared in Health, China Newsweek, MSNBC.com, CNBC.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Boston Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Heart Healthy Living and Georgia Trend among other publications. She is a regular contributor to the Annals of Emergency Medicine.She is the author most recently of SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA. Tune into this episode to learn how agriculture and human medicine are responsible for germs like MRSA. Hear why meat production facilities need to take more responsibility in the realm of food safety. How have today’s active lifestyles encouraged increased medical antibiotic usage? Find out on Straight, No Chaser! Today’s program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn.
“The bacteria (from raw chicken) can get onto things that you might not be cooking to death- lettuce, for instance… We are putting a big burden on the consumer.” [9:45]
“The rapid rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is due to overuse in all areas of human life.” [13:10]
“Is properly raised food only something that people with money can afford?” [25:00]
— Maryn McKenna on Straight, No Chaser
Jan 27 2013
Rank #14: Episode 63: Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States
Paul Shapiro is Katy Keiffer’s guest on this week’s installment of What Doesn’t Kill You to talk about animal welfare and ag gag laws. Paul is the Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States. Shapiro’s work has helped enact farm animal protection laws in California, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, Colorado, Oregon, and Ohio. He’s also worked with dozens of companies, including some of the world’s top retailers, to improve animal welfare in their supply chains. Find out why the meat industry is trying to blow the whistle on whistleblowers. Learn more about poultry farming practices on factory farms, and how the treatment of chickens offers many food safety considerations. Learn how the meat industry intends to stifle media outlets through ag gag laws! This program has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“This is problem because routine practices in the meat industry have become inhumane. This isn’t just a case of a few rotten eggs!” [7:05]
— Paul Shapiro on What Doesn’t Kill You
Mar 31 2013
Rank #15: Episode 238: A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat
The roots of our food system can be traced back multiple centuries according to author Eric Holt-Gimenez. In a far ranging discussion, just how intertwined food and capitalism is laid bare. The neo liberal economic model brought forth by Reagan and Thatcher has much to do with the current inequities, but they don't bear all the blame. This is a fascinating episode that proposes a major overhaul to how we view our political, economic, and food systems.
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Oct 16 2017
Rank #16: Episode 112: Agriculture, Policy & Politics
What did we learn from the National Climate Assessment Report? What did the Farm Bill get wrong? What will we do when California runs out of water? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this episode of What Doesn’t Kill You as host Katy Keiffer is joined by friend and frequent guest Tom Philpott, the Food and Ag Correspondent for Mother Jones and cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. He was formerly a columnist and editor for the online environmental site Grist and his work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian. This program was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“If present trends continue – it will be really really hard to grow much more food on the land here in the United States.” [11:00]
“Very few of the key challenges facing agriculture come up in the Farm Bill.” [16:00]
“I am worried that global trade flows will drive a lot of agricultural change here in the united states that we can’t control.” [29:00]
–Tom Philpott on What Doesn’t Kill You
May 19 2014
Rank #17: Episode 56: Ag Gag Laws with Emily Meredith
Emily Meredith and Katy Keiffer talk about monitoring slaughter facilities and ag gag laws on this week’s Straight, No Chaser. Emily Meredith is the communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Established in 1987, the Animal Agriculture Alliance includes individuals, companies, and organizations who are interested in helping consumers better understand the role animal agriculture plays in providing a safe, abundant food supply to a hungry world. Emily is also a blogger for the industry blog, Meatingplace.com. Tune in to hear Emily and Katy talk about third-party audits, and if they would actually make slaughter processes more transparent. Do organizations like the Human Society hurt the livestock industry? Does Emily believe that animal abuse is systemic? Find out on this week’s Straight, No Chaser! This episode has been sponsored by Bi-Rite Market.
“There is a huge disconnect between the consumer and the producer. This country is fed by less than 2% of the population.” [25:25] — Emily Meredith on Straight, No Chaser
Feb 10 2013
Rank #18: Episode 81: Arsenic & Food with Dr. Urvashi Rangan
Arsenic in our food supply? This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, Katy Keiffer checks in Dr. Urvashi Rangan regarding the prevalence of arsenic in food products like rice, apple juice, and poultry. Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D. leads and directs the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports. She is responsible for managing risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests, reports, and related advocacy work. Urvashi joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database, and Web site, Eco-labels.org for evaluating environmental and food labels. Dr. Rangan serves as a primary, national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards. How are aresenicals introduced into the food supply? Find out ways to avoid arsenic by filtering drinking water, and selectively sourcing apple juice. Are cancer rates at all related to rice consumption due to arsenic levels? Find out all of this and more on this week’s episode of What Doesn’t Kill You! Thanks to our sponsor, Cain Vineyard & Winery. Thanks to Dead Stars for today’s music.
“Rice likes to take up arsenic in general because it is grown in anaerobic conditions.” [4:45]
“We should all be really concerned about our exposure to heavy metals over time.” [10:40]
— Dr. Urvashi Rangan on What Doesn’t Kill You
Aug 18 2013
Rank #19: Episode 74: Animal Welfare with Emily Meredith
Emily Meredith is back for this week’s episode of What Doesn’t Kill You! Emily is the communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Established in 1987, the Animal Agriculture Alliance includes individuals, companies, and organizations who are interested in helping consumers better understand the role animal agriculture plays in providing a safe, abundant food supply to a hungry world. Emily is also the blogger for MeatingPlace.com’s “Activist Watch” blog. Tune in to hear Katy Keiffer talk about Emily’s job in the meat industry as ‘damage control’, and how she wades through the treacherous waters of meat PR. Tune in to hear more about animal welfare, insider video leaks, and curbing animal abuse. Thanks to our sponsor, Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“A lot of people have been doing this for generations, and they want to uphold their family tradtitions and ethics.” [29:05]
— Emily Meredith on What Doesn’t Kill You
Jun 23 2013
Rank #20: Episode 256: Not Everyone Sees the Trade War with China as a Threat to Farmers
Michael Stumo, CEO of Coalition for a Prosperous America explains why he sees President Trumps efforts to realign trade agreements and impose tariffs as a much needed correction to long abuses of American industry and agriculture. While unable to exactly reassure that the imposition of massive tariffs on our trading partners, especially the Chinese, along with rewriting NAFTA , won't have an negative impact on the agricultural sector, he voices opinions that many of Trumps supporters in the farm belt share.
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Apr 16 2018