The Food Fix is produced by students and faculty at the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Michigan State University. The podcast focuses on talking to people working on food systems innovations to better feed the world.
The theme music for The Food Fix is "Watchin' My Garden Grow" by Lindsay Lou and Josh Rilko.
Managing insects on Michigan berry crops
This week we talk with Dr. Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University. Dr. Isaacs focuses on managing pests to berry crops in Michigan. Collaborating with farmers throughout the state, his work helps to determine which pests are impacting farms. Farmers provide insight into ongoing issues and Dr. Isaacs works to figure out the best solutions to assist them. Check out what he has to say about his work and the work being done across Michigan.
A discussion with a Michigan State University student active in immigrant food sustainability efforts in Michigan
Vanessa Garcia Polanco works with different organizations to help new immigrants from all over the world settle in Michigan. With her work, she is able to assist with helping these people grow their own food, which often includes giving them access to culturally-appropriate foods they wouldn't have access to in Michigan.
Feeding Sheep Can Lead To Using Less Fossil Fuels
Yuko Frazier spearheads the Ypsilanti-based Project Mow, which uses sheep to tend to large plots of lands overgrown with unwanted vegetation. Project Mow’s concerns lie in reducing the use of fossil fuels to take care of tasks like plant removal, but also in a sustainable way of keeping the sheep fed. Much of the efforts made involve re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown out but can make a healthy snack for sheep.
How Improving Inland Fisheries Can Reduce Food Insecurity
By Gloria Nzeka
Dr. Emmanuel Kaunda, professor at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources in Malawi, and Dr. Steven Cooke, professor in the department of Biology at Carleton University in Canada discuss their research in inland fisheries.
They recently visited Michigan State University as part of the Robin Welcomme Fellowship Program, an initiative that recognizes scientists who have been working to promote responsible Inland Fisheries.
How Creative Can You Get With Beans?
By Gloria Nzeka
A team of researchers in the department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University work to improve the quality of beans. In this episode of the Food Fix, they discuss a variety of healthy ways through which beans can be consumed. Their experimental research include coming up with different flavors of beans, and milling methods to create bean flour that can used to make products such as pasta, bread etc.
Americans' Eating Habits During the Great Depression
By Gloria Nzeka
Dr. Helen Veit, an Associate Professor in the department of history at Michigan State University discusses a project focusing on the history of what America ate during the Great Depression. Going across the country, Dr. Veit with her colleagues collected historical documents containing food recipes from the 1930s and digitized them.
The project revealed that American food was as diverse back then as it is today.
You can find food recipes and more about the 'What America Ate' project by visiting the website whatamericaate.org.