Long an example of how people can assume control over our needs andresources, the co-operative model as an alternative to the industrial foodsystem will be the focus of this series. Part I - Retail and Distribution
The question "Is organic worth the price" was placed before a panel at the 2007 Growing Up Organic conference in Toronto, Canada. On the panel was a spokesperson for the pesticide and biotechnology industry.
Current methods of sugarcane cultivation and production are taking a toll on the environment and on the human beings who are part of the process. Join us as we explore the environmental and ethical impacts of sugar, and learn about an ideal post-carbon alternative to this pervasive and destructive ingredient.
Michael Abelman's most recent book "Fields of Plenty" describes the growing community of farmers and food artisans, who are producing sustainable nourishment that is respectful to the land and rich in heritage, flavor and commitment. This broadcast features a recording of a November 2005 event where Michael spoke to an audience in Vancouver.
The Agri-Business Exposed Series on Deconstructing Dinner will explore the major agricultural companies whose names are rarely heard by the eating public. Part I and II of the series will take a look at agricultural giant Cargill.
As current farming practices are proving to be unsustainable in the long-term, urban agriculture is looked upon by many as being a critical shift that needs to take place if we are to ensure a sufficient level of food security in the near and distant future.
Global supplies of grain at dangerously low levels. Biofuels. The farm income crisis. Corporate consolidation in the agriculture and food sectors. Absurd amounts of wasted food. Freeganism. Dumpster Diving. Food Miles. Is
local food the most environmentally friendly food? A potluck of ideas to explore on this broadcast of Deconstructing Dinner. Inspired by the “Thought for Food” issue of the University of Waterloo’s Alternatives Journal.
When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles. On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Global Public Media's Julian Darley spoke in Vancouver in February 2006, and the Vancouver-based Necessary Voices Society was on hand to record his presentation. In October, Deconstructing Dinner featured his presentation in a program about the relationship between food and fossil fuels.