1 in 3 Restaurant Workers Food Insecure

August 5, 2014 – Segment 2

Restaurant workers

Last week the Nation magazine reported that nearly one in every three restaurant workers suffers from food insecurity. With us to discuss this statistic is Michelle Chen, writer for the Nation, contributing editor at In These Times, associate editor at CultureStrike, and co-producer of “Asia Pacific Forum” on Pacifica’s WBAI and Dissent Magazine’s “Belabored” podcast.

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Latest on the Poultry Manure-Burning Power Plant on the Eastern Shore

August 5, 2014 – Segment 1

Manure to Energy

We begin our newest episode of Sound Bites with an update on the status of the proposed poultry manure-burning power plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Baltimore Sun reported last week that the state of the plant is now in limbo, with Maryland state officials considering whether to give Green Planet Power Solutions, the company chosen to build the 13.4-megawatt plant, a nearly $35 million subsidy. Our guests are: Patrick Thompson, President and CEO of EnergyWorks Group based in Annapolis, Maryland; Ann Swanson, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission; Tim Wheeler, reporter for The Baltimore Sun; and Michele Merkel, co-director of the Food and Water Justice Project at Food and Water Watch.

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Baltimore Good Food Gathering – Acting Well, Part 2

Episode 117 – Segment 3

Baltimore Good Food Gathering

We close the show by listening in to the second installment of the broadcast of the last of our series of Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meetings: Acting Well. The meeting was held on July 9 at the Netivot Shalom Congregation in Pikesville. We explored how congregations and individuals can engage in projects – from communal gardens to policy work – that have the potential to effect systemic change on our food system. Joining us were: Dr. Surina Jordan, who conducts wellness classes at Huber Memorial Church, and is author of the book The Seven Disciplines of WellnessAbbe Zuckerberg, who organized a faith garden and compost project at Netivot Shalom Congregation; Robi Rawl, who is the Executive Director of Sugar Free Kids, an organization that encourages congregations to engage in political actions that improve the health of children; and Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.

This town hall meeting was sponsored by the  Baltimore Food & Faith ProjectInterfaith Power & Light, and The Marc Steiner Show.

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Chesapeake Bay: Phosphorus Regulation and the O’Malley Administration

Episode 117 – Segment 2

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We look at how the O’Malley administration is approaching phosphorus regulations for the Chesapeake Bay, with Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog.

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Dan Janssen: The Pizza King

Episode 117 – Segment 1

Dan

Photo by Justin Levy

We start off this week’s episode of Sound Bites with a story about a local man who has eaten pizza every day for 25 years. We talk with Dan Janssen, who has been eating almost nothing but pizza for 25 years and is the subject of a VICE “Munchies” documentary called Pizza King; and Justin Levy, producer of the documentary.

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Baltimore Good Food Gathering — Acting Well

Episode 116

Baltimore Good Food Gathering

This month, Marc moderated another Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting, this time at the Netivot Shalom Congregation in Pikesville. We discussed “Acting Well,” and explored how congregations and individuals can effect systemic change on our food system. Joining us were Dr. Surina Jordan, who conducts wellness classes at Huber Memorial Church, and author of the book The Seven Disciplines of Wellness; Abbe Zuckerberg, who organized a faith garden and compost project at Netivot Shalom Congregation; Robi Rawl, who is the Executive Director of Sugar Free Kids, an organization that encourages congregations to engage in political actions that improve the health of children; and Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.

This town hall meeting was sponsored by the Hopkins Baltimore Food & Faith Project, Interfaith Power & Light, and The Marc Steiner Show.

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Dangers of Methane | “Bee-Friendly” Plants Actually Harmful To Bees | Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market

Episode 115

Bee Friendly Plants

In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we hear a commentary from Jamie Henn, 350.org co-founder and Strategy and Communications Director, about the dangers of methane being released from the earth as a result of the melting of Arctic ice and frozen Siberian tundra.

Next we talk with Meme Thomas, Director of Baltimore Honey and maker of B’more Hon E brand raw micro local honey, about a recent report on how supposedly “bee-friendly” plants, purchased from some of the big box stores, actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, which are thought to be responsible in part for the declining bee population.

We close out the show with a look at Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market, which is open every Wednesday at the corner of Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We will hear from: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife; and Willie Flowers, Executive Direct of Park Heights Community Health Alliance.

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Park Heights Farmers Market | Urban Foraging | Undercover Ag Drones | Special Recipe

Episode 114

Park Heights Farmers Market

First, we turn our attention to Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market, in the newest edition ofSound Bites! The market is open every Wednesday at the corner of Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We will hear from: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA) and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Willie Flowers, Executive Direct of PHCHA; and Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife.

Next we talk with author and urban forager Ava Chin, who will tell us how to Eat Wildly in the Month of July! Chin is former “Urban Forager” columnist for the New York Times’ City Room and author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal.

Then we look at a new possible use of drones – undercover investigations by animal rights groups on industrial farms. We will talk with Will Potter, a journalist who focuses on animal rights, environmental movements, and civil liberties and is author of Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege.

We close out the show with a special Seasonal Recipe from one of our favorite farmers-Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager of Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary!

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Episode 113 – Chesapeake Bay | Race & Climate Justice | Gather Baltimore

Next we talk about climate change across the U.S. with Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; and Brentin Mock, a journalist who writes about environmental issues for Grist.

Next we talk about climate change across the U.S. with Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; and Brentin Mock, a journalist who writes about environmental issues for Grist.

We begin our weekly hour of Sound Bites by checking in with Tim Wheeler, reporter for The Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog B’More Green, on the Chesapeake Bay. 

Next we talk about climate change across the U.S. with Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; and Brentin Mock, a journalist who writes about environmental issues for Grist

We close out the show with a visit from Arthur Morgan, founder of Gather Baltimore. Gather Baltimore will be hosting a fundraiser spaghetti dinner next week.

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Episode 112 – School Lunch & The Hunger Gap | MD Enviro & Ag Legislative Priorities | Update: Cove Point LNG

On the latest edition of Sound Bites, we kick off the hour with a debriefing by Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, on current government policy and food for kids.

On the latest edition of Sound Bites, we kick off the hour with a debriefing by Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, on current government policy and food for kids.

On the latest edition of Sound Bites, we kick off the hour with a debriefing by Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, on current government policy and food for kids.

Then, our roundtable of panelists joins me to talk about issues concerning food, agriculture and the environment, which are in play on this primary election day. With: Joanna Diamond, Director of Environment MarylandMitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Jeremy Cox, reporter at The Daily Times of Salisbury.

We close out the show with an update on the liquid natural gas export facility at Cove Point, with Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

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