How Institutional Buying Practices Can Impact Local Farmers, Conventional, Organic & Non-Industrial

Episode 127

Cleo Braver, certified organic farmer at Cottingham Farm, lawyer, and Founder of the Eastern Shore Food Hub

Cleo Braver, certified organic farmer at Cottingham Farm, who is also a lawyer and Founder of the Eastern Shore Food Hub.

This week, we examine the power of large institutions in purchasing food. We hear part of a discussion Marc moderated a couple weeks ago at the Maryland, Delaware and DC Chapter of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professional’s annual “Workshop by the Sea” in Ocean City, Maryland. We discussed both conventional and non-industrial agriculture in the context of institutional food buying. The panel participated in a wide-ranging discussion about the benefits, challenges and future of both models.

With: Cleo Braver, certified organic farmer at Cottingham Farm, lawyer, and Founder of the Eastern Shore Food Hub; Joe Forsthoffer, Corporate Communications Director of Perdue Farms; Karen Jenkins, Administrator at the Genesis Hammonds Lane Center in Baltimore; Louise Mitchell, PT, Sustainable Foods Program Manager at the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and Regional Organizer for Healthy Food in Health Care and Health Care Without Harm; and Charles Wright, conventional farmer and owner of Wright’s Market in Wicomico County.

To hear the full audio from the event, click here.

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Visiting Greener Garden Urban Farm & Oak Hill Honey in Baltimore

Episode 126

We take a trip to the Greener Garden Urban Farm in Baltimore, where we will hear from: Warren and LaVette Blue, farmers at Greener Garden Urban Farm

We take a trip to the Greener Garden Urban Farm in Baltimore, where we will hear from Warren and LaVette Blue, farmers at Greener Garden Urban Farm.

On our newest edition of Sound Bites, we take a trip to the Greener Garden Urban Farm in Baltimore, where we will hear from: Warren and LaVette Blue, farmers at Greener Garden Urban Farm; and Willie Flowers, Executive Director of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance.

 We close out the show with a piece on harvesting honey In the city, with: Dane Nester, beekeeper at Oak Hill Honey in Baltimore. It was produced by former Sound Bites intern Maggie Dier. 

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Berkeley’s Soda Tax Failed | Phosphorus Management Tool | Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Episode 125

We begin by talking about a controversial proposed tax in Berkeley, California ... on soda!

We begin by talking about a controversial proposed tax in Berkeley, California … on soda!

Stay tuned for the latest edition of our series Sound Bites! We begin with Nathanael Johnson, food writer for Grist, who recently wrote an article about a controversial proposed tax in Berkeley, California … on soda!

Then, we take a look at the debate in Maryland over the implementation of the Phosphorus Management Tool, a method of identifying fields that contain the most phosphorous and have the highest risk of phosphorus runoff. Phosphorus is one of the main three pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Our panel of guests includes: Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog; and Kevin Anderson, President of the Maryland Grain Producers Association and Grain Farmer at Wimberly Farms in Princess Anne, Maryland.

We close out the show with a sneak peek at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which is coming to Annapolis on Thursday, October 2! Our guests will include: Robin Broder, Board Member of Waterkeepers Chesapeake who is hosting the festival; and Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.

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Debating Agritourism | Perdue’s Power | CLF Aquaponics Project & Pesto Basil Recipe

Episode 124

We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff.

We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff.

We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff. What does AgriTourism mean? How does it benefit farmers? Why is this such a hot-button issue across the country? Our guests will be: Teresa Moore, Executive Director at The Valleys Planning Council; and Wayne McGinnis, farmer and Baltimore County Planning Board member.

 Then we turn to poultry giant Perdue Farms, whose Chairman Jim Perdue was quoted in the Baltimore Business Journal as saying that they have no seat at the table in Maryland. Peter Jensen, author and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun, begged to differ in today’s editorial, and he joins us to discuss it.

We close out the show with a special basil cashew pesto recipe from the Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future Aquaponics Project at the Cylburn Arboretum!

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Perdue Stops Antibiotic Use in Hatcheries | Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore | September Foraging

Episode 123

We take a field trip to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore.

We take a field trip to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore.

Listen to a brand new episode of Sound Bites! In the first segment, our guests reflect upon the recent announcement that poultry producer Perdue plans to stop the use of antibiotics in its hatcheries. Our guests include: Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Dr. Keeve Nachman, Director, Food Production and Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

To learn more about the issue of antibiotic resistance, plan to attend the movie Resistance, a showing sponsored by Food & Water Watch, this Thursday, September 18, at the Rotunda Theatre in Baltimore. 

Next we take a field trip to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore. You will hear from Juanita Ewell, Founder and Manager of the garden, resident of Cherry Hill, and chairperson of the Cherry Hill Development Corporation’s Economic Development Committee.Then plan to attend the Cherry Hill Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18!

We close out the show with Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal, who tells us about the wild edibles you can find out in the world in the month of September!

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The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business

Rebroadcast

Christopher Leonard talks about his latest book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business.

Christopher Leonard talks about his latest book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business.

It’s a special archive episode of Sound Bites! Listen in to the informative and lively town hall meeting that took place on May 15 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, featuring Marc‘s interview with Christopher Leonard about his latest book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business.

Leonard, an investigative reporter, went looking to do a profile on the Tysons – the premier family in the poultry business – and was surprised at what he learned in the process.The Meat Racket reveals the inner workings of the corporations that control the food business, and the power in Washington of the meat and poultry lobbies.

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Can GMOs Feed a Hot & Hungry World? | Urban Beekeeping | Recipe from Boone Street Farm: Ground Cherry Salsa

Episode 122

Former Sound Bites intern Maggie Dier brings us a recipe for ground cherry salsa from Cheryl Carmona and Dana Rushovich of Boone Street Farm, an urban farm in East Baltimore.

Former Sound Bites intern Maggie Dier brings us a recipe for ground cherry salsa from Cheryl Carmona and Dana Rushovich of Boone Street Farm, an urban farm in East Baltimore.

It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites. We’ll talk about a recent article from The Nation that asks the question Can GMOs Feed a Hot and Hungry World? We’ll speak with the author of that article, Madeline Ostrander, who is a contributing editor to YES! Magazine and a freelance writer based in Seattle. We’ll also be joined by Dr. Eduardo Blumwald who studies genetic engineering at UC Davis; and Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, where she coordinates the Food Team.

Then, we are joined by Alison Gillespie, author of Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World, for a fascinating conversation on urban beekeeping.

To close out this week’s Sound Bites, former Sound Bites intern Maggie Dier brings us a recipe for ground cherry salsa from Cheryl Carmona and Dana Rushovich of Boone Street Farm, an urban farm in East Baltimore.

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Does How We Talk About Climate Change Matter?

Episode 121

Our discussion springs from an article by Charles Mann in this month’s Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.

Our discussion springs from an article by Charles Mann in this month’s Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.

It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites where the topic is Climate Change, and our discussion springs from an article by Charles Mann in this month’s Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.” First we examine the historical context of the climate change debate. Our guests are: Dr. Paul Sabin, associate professor in the Department of History at Yale University, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s undergraduate Environmental Studies major, and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future; and Dr. Dale Jamieson, professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at New York University, and author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed – and What It Means For Our Future.

We close out Sound Bites with a diverse panel of guests who consider the reality of climate change and how we can effectively talk about it. Our guests are: Dr. Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and author of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of EnvironmentalismJacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program;Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs the Genuine Progress Project; and Maryam Adrangi, campaigner with the Council of Canadians and organizer with a member of Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories.

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Debating ‘Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers’

Episode 120

Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary

Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary

On a live (call-in) episode of Sound Bites, we look at the state of small farmers today. As a follow-up to last week’s New York Times article “Don’t let your children grow up to be farmers,” the first question we ask is: Are small farmers able to survive and prosper off the land? With: Don Bustos of the Santa Cruz Farm in NM, an award-winning sustainable farmer who produces food on the same New Mexico land his ancestors have farmed for 300 years; Joel Salatin, who wrote a response to the Times article, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World; and Jenny Hopkinson, who covers Agriculture and Food Policy issues for Politico Pro.

Following that discussion, small farmers weigh in and talk about their own experiences: Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; Cheryl Carmona, Co-founder of Boone Street Farm in East Baltimore; Ted Wycall third generation farmer at Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD; and Carole Morrison of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City.

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US Apples Banned in EU | Chicken Nuggets | Eating Wildly

Episode 119

Listen in to find out why U.S.apples have been banned in Europe.

Listen in to find out why U.S.apples have been banned in Europe.

In this week’s edition of Sound Bites, listen in to find out why U.S.apples have been banned in Europe, with: Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent; Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst with the Environmental Working Group; and Marilyn Dolan, Executive Director of the Alliance for Food and Farming.

Then we take a look at what’s in your chicken nuggets! Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent, shares some unsettling facts about the ingredients in those finger-sized treats that have become a staple of fast food America.

We close out the show with Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal, who tells us about the wild edibles you can find out in the world in the month of August.

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