Farm to Table means different things to different people but many would agree that restaurants and their chefs have led the way on our Farm to Table journey. Chefs might say that they have been led by their own customers who have shown a preference for food with a story all the way back to the farm: the farmer, unique varieties or breeds, production practices and overall sustainability. In this episode of Farm To Table Talk we are joined at the table by Greg Drescher, the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Industry Leadership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to explore what Farm To Table means in the Culinary world and the trends that change menus.
Good Vibes Farming – Francesco Arlia - Farm To Table Talk
New technologies will play an important role in the future of farming for every size, shape, climate and geographic location. The ideas are popping up fast and increasingly affordable for the full spectrum of global farming systems. Francesco Arlia is the founder and CEO of one of these emerging pioneers, Harvest Harmonics. With dime-sized micro-transmitters the natural vibrations and optimum frequency of photosynthesis is changed for the better. Frank talks of the birth of new, non-chemical technologies that could represent the next green revolution. www.harvestharmonics.com
Climate Smart Agriculture – Secretary Karen Ross - Farm To Table Talk
Climate smart agriculture will make a difference to farmers, citizens and life on earth. Karen Ross, the Secretary of Food And Agriculture for the California Department of Agriculture is on the front line of meeting the climate challenge as chief administrator of food and agriculture programs for the 5th largest economy in the World. Secretary Ross has a perspective beyond California boundaries having hailed from a western Nebraska farm, managed farm organizations and served as the Chief of Staff at the US Department of Agriculture under then Secretary Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack is now back at USDA with a fresh charge to lead Agriculture to Climate Smart Agriculture and Karen Ross will promote the synergies that come from state, federal, local and farm/rancher initiatives that lead to climate smart solutions for a warming planet. www.cdfa.ca.org
Food System Clubhouse – Paula Daniels - Farm To Table Talk
Clubhouse is a drop-in audio chat network that now includes conversations about the food system, on Farm To Table Talk. The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. Paula Daniels is the Co-founder and chair of the Center, developing nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions. The result is good news for local farmers and communities across the country from the direct connections with sustainable and regenerative food sources for their schools, hospitals and public administrations. The conversation with Paula Daniels begins in a podcast that wanders in to the Farm To Table Talk Clubhouse to be joined by other food system pioneers. www.goodfoodpurchasing.org #Clubhouse
Give Livestock A Break – Illias Kyriazakis - Farm To Table Talk
It's become popular to bash livestock production and meat consumption for extreme green house gas emissions. What if the data is wrong? In the UK where carbon neutral agriculture is to be accomplished by 2050, new research has found that the 'carbon' case against pig farming is not right. The study conducted by the Institute for Global Food Security found that the carbon footprint has been overstated by 40% over the last 20 years. Professor Illias Kyriazakis of Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland is the author of the study. Professor Kyriazakis also explains that there was very little carbon foot print differences in the type of pig production, indoors or outdoors. Genetic improvements deserve much of the credit for the progress, however when soy protein for pig feed is imported from somewhere that destroys rain forests to grow soybeans, the Climate suffers. All livestock systems deserve a closer look before broadly promoting meatless diets to protect the climate. https://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/TheInstituteforGlobalFoodSecurity/
Warm and CRISPR Climate – Andrew Porterfield - Farm To Table Talk
The Nobel Prize Committee has just recognized the scientists who discovered CRISPR—genetic scissors that are a tool for rewriting the code of life and potentially a tool in limiting global warming. New science, technology and a range of farming systems from conventional to agroecology, regenerative and organic have roles to play. Science writer Andrew Porterfield is investigating and writing about the avenues that are being considered by farmers to slow global warming. In a feature article that caught our eye, he answers the question of whether one farming method can help slow global warming. In our conversation we consider that there needs to be broader acceptance that climate change is a real threat and that farming methods can be part of the solution.
Omnivore’s Dilemma, Delusion or Delight — Blake Hurst - Farm To Table Talk
Do omnivores face a dilemma as Michael Pollan famously proposed in his popular book over a decade ago or is the dilemma a delusion? Farmer Blake Hurst who just completed 10 years as President of the Missouri Farm Bureau has practiced what he’s preached about farmer's need to communicate. A dozen years ago when the Omnivore’s Dilemma brought global attention to modern farming methods, Blake responded with an article titled the Omnivore’s Delusion. https://www.aei.org/articles/the-omnivores-delusion-against-the-agri-intellectuals/ This led to the farmer from Missouri appearing with Michael Pollan on NPR’s Face of the Nation where they respectfully engaged in a too seldom heard consequential conversation. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113619474 Now a dozen years later Blake Hurst visits with us on why it is still important for farmers to resist their nature and instead speak up about what they do and why they do it.
On Wednesdays at noon Pacific Time Farm To Table Talk will host conversations, including guests such as Blake in the new on-line audio chat for iPhone, Clubhouse. You can find us there and also find more information at our website FarmToTableTalk.com where you can also subscribe to receive our weekly podcasts. Thanks, Rodger Wasson
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Wonderful Resource for Food and Ag Professionals
This podcast addresses the issues facing the food and ag sector in segments that are long enough to delve into the issue, but short enough to get a series of main points across concisely. Rodger is a wonderful host - the conversation flows naturally like a discussion at the kitchen table rather than an interview and provided for a few laughs along the way. I highly recommend all ag and food professional subscribe to this resource and bookmark it to listen to new segments as they come out!
Bridging the gap between farmers and the general public
Rodger asks the right questions of agricultural guests to address common consumer questions and concerns and in doing so, helps build a greater understanding of American agriculture and find common ground between those that grow/produce and those that eat food. Food security affects us all, and it’s essential to form connections to agriculture.
Diverse yet in depth
Disclaimer: I was a guest on this podcast! What I love about this podcast is the range of perspectives and angles that are covered. Everything from larger corporations and what they’re doing (Kellogg’s) to relatively small dairy operations. Each of the guests are trying to make the food system stronger and it’s cool to hear about all the creative ways they’re doing that