The Appropriate Omnivore is hosted by environmentalist and meat lover Aaron Zober. Breaking the myth that eating meat is bad for the environment, Aaron talks about how meat, as well as the other food groups, are best when they're local, organic, and sustainable.
Each week, Aaron brings on a guest to share experience and wisdom about what's good to eat. Think you know what foods are good for you and the planet? What you hear may surprise you and get you on a shopping spree for a new diet.
Episode 094: Bob Quinn: KAMUT Ancient Grain
The latest episode of the COVID-19 subseries of The Appropriate Omnivore focuses on baking. While sheltering at home, many have learned to bake during the pandemic. Even better, many are baking sourdough and using ancient grains. So Aaron Zober brings on Montana farmer Bob Quinn, who introduced the ancient wheat known as khorasan to the world and trademarked it as KAMUT. Bob gets into the problems modern wheat has which makes it unable to digest it for many. He then discusses KAMUT's practices to produce healthy and sustainable grains. KAMUT is not only organic, but also uses regenerative agriculture. Bob then mentions the various brands which use KAMUT. Aaron brings up how he loves the Eden Foods KAMUT pasta. In addition to KAMUT, Bob Quinn sells a cold pressed organic safflower oil under the name The Oil Barn. Bob explains the advantages of safflower oil and why it needs to be cold pressed. Bob also lets the listeners know what bakeries we can find in Montana with KAMUT baked goods. Aaron ends the program having Bob talk about some KAMUT products available overseas which he'd like to see available in the United States.
Episode 093: Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee: Food Delivery & the Pandemic
The Appropriate Omnivore subseries on the COVID 19 pandemic continues, this time discussing food delivery. Food delivery has seen huge a growth during the pandemic. Aaron brings Monica Ford of the Los Angeles delivery service Real Food Devotee back to the program. Monica’s has been thriving in the delivery business long before everybody was talking about it. Monica gets into which menu items of hers have seen in an increase since the pandemic. Aaron talks with Monica about the correlation between people being concerned about the pandemic and people wanting to eat healthier, which is a big benefit for Real Food Devotee with its offerings such as bone broth and sauerkraut. Aaron and Monica then get into what this new popularity for delivery services means for the future of supermarkets, restaurants and any other food related delivery business. Will this be the new normal? Additionally, Monica talks about how she’s taking the precautions to make sure everything in her facilities is sanitary. This is something she was also ahead of the curve on before the pandemic as hygiene is extra important when it comes to fermentation.
Episode 092: Judith McGeary: The PRIME Act
The Appropriate Omnivore continues its coverage of access to real food during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aaron turns to the topic of meat shortages. One way meat shortages can be avoided is a bill proposed in Congress a while back called the PRIME Act. The PRIME Act allows farms access to custom slaughterhouses, which currently only people such as hunters and homesteaders can legally use. Aaron brings on Judith McGeary, an attorney, activist, and sustainable livestock farmer in Texas. Judith is also founder and director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, which supports common sense agricultural policies such as the PRIME Act. FARFA has been pushing for the PRIME Act since it was first introduced by Congress in 2015. Judith explains the problem with the current system of meat processing plants and how things would be changed by passing the PRIME Act. As a farmer herself, Judith has witnessed the long waits to get her livestock into the processing facilities. Aaron and Judith delve into the general safety concerns with meat processing. With overall concerns of safety during the pandemic, that's another reason to pass the PRIME Act. Aaron also takes some time to ask Judith her thoughts on the Farm System Reform Act, which would ban factory farms.
Episode 091: Mac Anderson: Cleveland Kraut Becomes Cleveland Kitchen
In the second Appropriate Omnivore podcast during the time of the pandemic, Aaron Zober brings on Mac Anderson, a co-founder of Cleveland Kitchen. Aaron is pleased to see a successful natural foods business from his hometown. Mac tells the story of how the business came to be as it was originally called Cleveland Kraut and how they made the transition to it becoming Cleveland Kitchen. Mac and the other co-founders felt after making krauts, they wanted to be the first to make truly fermented salad dressings. And the news of the name change and the salad dressing launches all happened as everybody was quarantining. Mac shares his experience of how he’s been able to promote Cleveland Kitchen over the Internet and social media as the food conventions have all been cancelled. He then gets into describing the precautions Cleveland Kraut is taking with their employees to stay safe. Aaron and Mac discuss how with health being the top priority of people right now, more people are becoming interested in natural foods and many to sauerkraut specifically. Aaron and Mac also share their thoughts on grocery and restaurant delivery. And they get into what the future of the food and restaurant industries could be like post pandemic.
Episode 090: Dr. Deborah Gordon: Building Immunity in the Time of the Pandemic
For the first Appropriate Omnivore podcast since we've all been quarantined at home, functional medicine physician Dr. Deborah Gordon from Ashland, OR makes a return to the program. Aaron asks her all of the questions in building immunity to the coronavirus during the time of this pandemic from nutrition to supplements to exercise to vaccines. Dr. Deborah talks about the importance of animal protein to stay immune, but also emphasizes the importance of fruits and vegetables, especially vegetables. Aaron and Dr. Deborah agree that one of the most important types of vegetables are the cruciferous ones. They talk about how roasting them is both a way to consume the optimal nutrition out of them and make them taste better. Aaron shares how he didn't like eating them until discovering the wonders of roasting. Deborah also stresses not to consume too many sugars and avoid all if possible. Additionally, Dr. Deborah gets into how social distancing and sheltering at home have been changing her medical practice.
Episode 089: David Moscow: From Scratch
The Appropriate Omnivore welcomes actor, producer, and adventurer David Moscow to the program. David Moscow hosts the series From Scratch on the FYI Network. On each episode, he literally makes his food from scratch. David doesn’t just buy every ingredient to cook, but he travels all over the world to hunt, gather, dive, forage, and grow the ingredients and then cooks and prepares the meal. David discusses what inspired him to make the episode from what's happening in the world to going to back to how his grandfather got his meals. Some of the most interesting discoveries David had were learning about apples being used as a sweetener and how salt was once used to preserve food. He tells Aaron how hunting his own food has changed him. David and Aaron discuss if his show can change the way we look at food and get more people to make things from scratch. They delve into how this can be done for those who like living in the city. And David gives a little preview of topics he'd like to cover if there are more seasons of From Scratch.
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