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/
Jason Clay on "Building and flying the plane as we go"
Jason Clay is the Executive Director of the Markets Institute at World Wildlife Fund. He comes with decades of unique experiences and a big picture view of global food systems. In our conversation we ask him how power needs to be shifted to transform the food system, what the future looks like for small farmers, and whether we should be intensifying agriculture and sparing land or extensifying agricultural production and sharing land with nature. Jason Clay also shares ideas around how to increase transparency for consumers, improve farmers livelihoods, and urgently scale up systems level solutions.
For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode36
Subscribe to Markets Institute newsletter Rethink Food to stay updated on weekly trends in global food systems
Sofia Wilhelmsson on "Pig transport and human-animal relations"
Sofia Wilhelmmson recently completed her PhD from in 2022 from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in the department of Animal Environment and Health. She researches a particular and especially stressful time for farmed pigs: the loading and transport of pigs on their way to slaughter. She not only considers the welfare of the animals, but also the well-being of the pig transport drivers. In our conversation we chat about the relationships that humans have with animals - both wild and domesticated; what food systems actors have the most power in the pig production system; and whether we can add incentives for animal welfare and human well-being in our food systems.
For more info and transcript, please visit our website: https://www.tabledebates.org/podcast/episode35
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin on "the power of regenerative movements"
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the founder and director the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. He moved to the US from Guatemala in the 1990s. In our conversation we talk about the power of movements, why small-scale farmers in the United States are rarely successful, and the difference between ‘feeding’ the indigenous mindset versus the colonizer mindset.
For more info and transcript, visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode34
Jeremy Brice on "Investment, Power and Protein in sub-Saharan Africa"
Who is investing in the food system and what are they investing in? What should the future of food, specifically protein, look like in sub-Saharan Africa? These are questions that Jeremy Brice explores in his new report: Investment, Power and Protein in sub-Saharan Africa. They are also highly relevant to the food and climate discussions happening now at COP-27 in Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt (November 2022).
In our chat with Jeremy Brice, lecturer at Manchester University, we discuss why the issue of protein is important in sub-Saharan Africa; we unpack three different investor visions for this region; and we reflect on the consequences of how little agricultural investment there is in the region compared to the rest of the world.
This conversation is based on a newly published TABLE report by Jeremy Brice. Here you can read the executive summary or the full report.
For more info and transcript, please visit: http://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode33
Blain Snipstal on "Battling plantation agriculture today"
Blain Snipstal, former youth advocate for La Via Campesina, has thought a lot about power. We talk about how Blain sees the legacy of the plantation model of agriculture still lingering today; how the dialogues and exchanges between peasant farmers can uncover a deep analysis of the food system; and he shares from his many experiences as a farmer, an activist, and an organizer. We also touch on the power of collaborating across grassroots movements and whose knowledge counts in food debates.
For more info and resources, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode32
Vincent Ricciardi on Challenging Assumptions (rebroadcast)
In our discussion, data scientist Vincent "Vinny" Ricciardi challenges the assumptions and evidence that are built into food systems debates. We talk about a few of the recent papers that Vinny co-authored, including one that asks how much of the world’s food supply is produced by smallholder farmers, a 50-year meta-analysis that compares how do small and large farms size up in terms of yields and biodiversity impact, and whether smallholders actually have access to broadband to become part of a data driven farming future.
This episode originally aired on 3 June 2021.
Register for the COP: Plating up the future of meat event
The best podcast
This podcast is so informative and interesting! I have listened to several episodes twice and am recommending to colleagues and friends.
Enjoyed getting educated. Great topics and dialogue. Looking forward to more podcasts. Keep up the good work!
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!!