18 episodes

The Why and How Podcast looks to answer big questions in agriculture, food, and the environment through casual conversations that are rooted in research. Host Josh Moran chats with graduate students, researchers and professors to learn more about the science behind today's hot topics and trends. This podcast is published by the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

The Why & How Podcast Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph

    • Education
    • 5.0, 18 Ratings

The Why and How Podcast looks to answer big questions in agriculture, food, and the environment through casual conversations that are rooted in research. Host Josh Moran chats with graduate students, researchers and professors to learn more about the science behind today's hot topics and trends. This podcast is published by the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

    Episode 17: How might neuroscience shift animal welfare standards?

    Episode 17: How might neuroscience shift animal welfare standards?

    Mice are the most commonly used animal in research, and Lindsey Kitchenham is on a mission to determine how their housing environments impact their welfare. She chats about mice behaviour and neuroscience will help us better understand the impact housing has on their brain. Note: We discuss potentially upsetting topics. All research at the University of Guelph is done in adherence to UofG's Animal Care Policy and Procedures, the Animals for Research Act and the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

    • 25 min
    Episode 16: How do you like them (Ontario cider) apples?

    Episode 16: How do you like them (Ontario cider) apples?

    In this episode Graeme and Jordan learn about the Ontario hard cider industry, starting at the orchard and the apples. Derek Plotkowski, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Agriculture, talks about his search for the perfect apple variety for making cider. He explains why some ciders are sweeter than others, why “eating” apples don’t make good “drinking” apples and where to find some of Ontario’s best hard cider.

    • 45 min
    Episode 15: How are Canadian farms evolving?

    Episode 15: How are Canadian farms evolving?

    When you imagine a Canadian farm, what does it look like? Who is running it? How big is it? Hongyu (Will) Chen provides our new host Graeme, and Jordan, with insights into what Canadian farms look like. Will, a researcher in our Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, digs into Statistics Canada data to highlight trends in Canadian farm size, demographics, what’s thriving and what’s not surviving.

    • 29 min
    Episode 14: How do labels and price affect our grocery decisions?

    Episode 14: How do labels and price affect our grocery decisions?

    Grocery shopping isn’t simple. Price, nutritional content, convenience and our values all seem to collide in grocery store aisles. Laura Stortz, a master’s student in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, talks to Josh and Jordan about research she’s doing on nutritional warning labels and pay-what-you-can grocery stores. (Ps. This is Josh’s final episode as host; a big thank you to Josh for his work on launching the Why & How!) 

    • 37 min
    Episode 13: HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

    Episode 13: HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

    The voices behind your favourite podcast chat all things Why & How over eggnog. Josh and Jordan give over the mic to producer Stephanie Craig, so they can share their thoughts on the first 12 episodes. They talk about the good, the bad and plans for the future. They answer listener questions and introduce the new podcast host for 2020: Graeme Li.

    Descriptive transcript available here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/oac/system/files/Episode%2013%20-%20Holiday%20Special%202019.txt

    • 37 min
    Episode 12: How does soil impact the atmosphere?

    Episode 12: How does soil impact the atmosphere?

    Soil has superpowers. It can grow food and sustain life. But two researchers in the School of Environmental Sciences share their research on how it can also contribute to climate change. Kean Gao and Prof. Claudia Wagner-Riddle explain how different soil management practices affect our food security and our atmosphere.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

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Amazing Job

Can’t wait to hear more.

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Educational

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