69 episodes

Is a local or global food system more sustainable? How big should a farm be? Debates about the future of food have become more polarised than ever. We will explore the evidence, worldviews, and values that people bring to global food system debates. Our show will be in conversation with those who are trying to transform the food system, as part of the ongoing work of Table, a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Wageningen University. This podcast is operated by SLU. For more info, visit https://tabledebates.org/podcast/

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Is a local or global food system more sustainable? How big should a farm be? Debates about the future of food have become more polarised than ever. We will explore the evidence, worldviews, and values that people bring to global food system debates. Our show will be in conversation with those who are trying to transform the food system, as part of the ongoing work of Table, a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Wageningen University. This podcast is operated by SLU. For more info, visit https://tabledebates.org/podcast/

    Economics of Food System Transformation (Part 2)

    Economics of Food System Transformation (Part 2)

    500 scientists from 60 countries gathered at the 5th Global Food Security Conference in Leuven, Belgium. Instead of saying, "you had to be there," we bring you voices and reflections from the conference. Host Matthew Kessler recorded dozens of interviews, asking experts what key messages they want to deliver to those with the power to change food systems, what are the economics of food systems transformation, and which solutions to make food systems more resilient deserve more attention. This...

    • 40 min
    Is Global Food Security a Solvable Puzzle? (Part 1)

    Is Global Food Security a Solvable Puzzle? (Part 1)

    500 scientists from 60 countries gathered at the 5th Global Food Security Conference in Leuven, Belgium. Instead of saying, "you had to be there," we bring you voices and reflections from the conference. Host Matthew Kessler recorded dozens of interviews, asking experts what key messages they want to deliver to those with the power to change food systems, what are the economics of food systems transformation, and which solutions to make food systems more resilient deserve more attention. This...

    • 32 min
    Is cultivated "meat" unnatural? Is meat today natural?

    Is cultivated "meat" unnatural? Is meat today natural?

    While many wonder about the technological hurdles preventing cultivated meat from entering commercial markets, fewer ask a more basic question: will people actually eat it, or will they find it too unnatural? In this episode, we're joined by Cor van der Weele, emeritus professor in philosophy from Wageningen University, who has had a front-row seat to the past 15 years of shifting perceptions of this technology. We'll dive into how a philosopher thinks about “naturalness”, what are the public...

    • 36 min
    Does CRISPR make our food unnatural?

    Does CRISPR make our food unnatural?

    If more and more gene-edited foods become common on our plates, is that a sign of a promising or worrying food future? With Dr. Lauren Crossland-Marr, food anthropologist and host of the podcast A CRISPR Bite, we unpack whether it’s fair to call CRISPR a natural way of "speeding up the breeding" process, whether technological innovations such as gene editing are addressing root causes of food systems challenges, and if there’s space for middle ground on such a polarizing issue.For more ...

    • 29 min
    What's a natural diet? (with Richard Tellström)

    What's a natural diet? (with Richard Tellström)

    What influences the meals we enjoy today? Meal historian and cultural researcher Richard Tellström from Stockholm University suggests that the surrounding natural environments and ecosystems only play a minimal role. Instead, he argues that our choices are primarily shaped by cultural, political and economic forces. This episode dives into the dramatic shifts in Swedish diets over the past century, highlighting how changes such as new food preservation methods in the 1970s, Sweden's entry int...

    • 18 min
    What's a natural diet? (with Amy Styring)

    What's a natural diet? (with Amy Styring)

    Around 6000 years ago in Northwest Europe, our ancestors transitioned from hunter-gatherer societies to sedentary farming. How did their diets change during this time? The field of archaeological sciences and chemistry teamed up to shed new light on this question. In this episode, we ask Amy Styring, archaeological chemist at the University of Oxford, what's her take on a natural diet, whether we overestimate the role of meat in our past diets, and what lessons can we learn today if we have a...

    • 25 min

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14 Ratings

eppca ,

The best podcast

This podcast is so informative and interesting! I have listened to several episodes twice and am recommending to colleagues and friends.

LRKsp ,

So informative

Enjoyed getting educated. Great topics and dialogue. Looking forward to more podcasts. Keep up the good work!

Burtonmere ,

UPDATE: I realllly ( no longer want to because I do) enjoy this podcast

But the sound mixing is really difficult to listen to. I cannot hear what some of the people are saying. If I turn up the volume, the music and other people are too loud. Will keep trying and hopefully the sound mixing will improve.

Sound quality is perfect and the content is amazing! Great questions and very interesting guests with great perspectives. I cannot wait to hear more!!

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