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The Stories Behind Our Food podcast explores what we eat and how it gets to us. What are the human stories beyond the labels at a grocery store? Equal Exchange is one of the largest and most successful worker co-ops in the US and one of the largest Alternative Trade Organizations in the world. Listen to farmers, traders, activists and other experts talk about their work ... and expand your palate!

The Stories Behind Our Food | An Equal Exchange Podcast Equal Exchange Inc.

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The Stories Behind Our Food podcast explores what we eat and how it gets to us. What are the human stories beyond the labels at a grocery store? Equal Exchange is one of the largest and most successful worker co-ops in the US and one of the largest Alternative Trade Organizations in the world. Listen to farmers, traders, activists and other experts talk about their work ... and expand your palate!

    Taking a Passion for Food Online

    Taking a Passion for Food Online

    Dreaming about quitting your day job? Food blogger and photographer Chelsea Colbath decided to pursue her passion for food full time. She joined us to talk about Baked Greens, her food-focused blog and photography business. A participant in Equal Exchange's organizing work, she's engaged in exploring the importance of community and what it means to be an engaged citizen staying authentic in a world dominated by corporations. 
    Chelsea also shared some of the fun sides of her work -- including how she creates simple, affordable, and socially conscious recipes for her followers.

    You can learn more about Chelsea and Baked Greens at www.bakedgreens.com

    And remember to share this episode with a friend who might enjoy it. 
    This episode was produced by Gary Goodman with hosts Danielle Robidoux & Gary Goodman. For additional information about this podcast, please visit  https://blog.equalexchange.coop/category/podcast/

    • 30 min
    Local Meat, Lower Impact

    Local Meat, Lower Impact

    Did you know that pasture-raised beef can be carbon-negative? Neither did we! Charley Cummings, the founder and CEO of Walden Local Meat, started his business to help New England farmers bring their best cuts right to customers’ doors. His model shows that regenerative agriculture can benefit animal welfare, local economies and the environment, all at the same time. 
    To kick off the second season of The Stories Behind Our Food, we traveled to snowy Billerica, MA to record this episode and find out how the folks at Walden do what they do – and why. Charley believes the industrial food system contributes to an estrangement between rural and urban, but our growing interest in good food pushes back against that. Can high-quality, sustainably raised meat bring neighbors closer together?
    Visit Walden Local Meat online: https://waldenlocalmeat.com/
    And remember to share this episode with a friend who might enjoy it. 
    This episode was produced by Gary Goodman with host Kate Chess. For additional information about this podcast, please visit https://blog.equalexchange.coop/category/podcast/

    • 35 min
    The Spicy Origins of Burlap & Barrel

    The Spicy Origins of Burlap & Barrel

    Where do you go to find the most unusual spices? Former chef Ethan Frisch travels all over the world. More specifically, he seeks out farmers who are growing herbs and seasonings of exceptional quality, and through his company, Burlap & Barrel, he helps them connect with a global market. This month on The Stories Behind Our Food, Ethan joined us for a conversation about fair trade and the entrepreneurial spirit.
    You’ll hear how modern technology can allow a farmer in Vietnam to help a farmer in Tanzania. You’ll learn what’s wrong with the spices in your cabinet (hint: your cinnamon is probably very old!) And if you’re like us, you’ll be inspired to look at those jars in a whole new way.

    Visit Burlap & Barrel online: www.burlapandbarrel.com

    This episode was produced by Gary Goodman with hosts Kate Chess and Danielle Robidoux. For additional information about this podcast, please visit https://blog.equalexchange.coop/category/podcast/
    Did you like this episode? Please help us by sharing it with one person you think would enjoy it.

    • 36 min
    A Future for Black Farmers

    A Future for Black Farmers

    This month Shirley Sherrod joined us on The Stories Behind Our Food to talk about the half century she’s spent seeking justice for Black farmers. New Communities Inc. in Georgia was the first community land trust in the United States. Weathering discrimination, drought and outright sabotage, this organization has worked nonstop to build a better life for farmers. As the members of New Communities celebrate their 50th anniversary this year on land once owned by the largest slaveholder in the state, they’re looking to the future, planting new trees and bringing younger people into agriculture.
    Many of the challenges discussed in this episode are specific to Black farmers due to the racism they’ve faced from their white neighbors and from government entities. But there is a lot they have in common with small-scale family farmers around the world. And as New Communities grows, Ms. Sherrod says, “we’ll bring everyone else along with us.” We feel lucky to have had this chance to host Ms. Sherrod who, in addition to her work as an organizer and as former Director of Rural Development for the state of Georgia, is a storyteller with a powerful vision.
    This episode was produced by Gary Goodman with hosts Kate Chess and Danielle Robidoux. For additional information about this podcast, please visit https://blog.equalexchange.coop/category/podcast/

    Did you like this episode? Please help us by sharing it with one person you think would enjoy it.

    • 36 min
    Wine for Everyone!

    Wine for Everyone!

    It seems like there's so many choices when we're shopping for wine. It's easy to get dazzled, confused ... or intimidated. Join our guest Molly Madden, founder of RedHen Collective, who says it's time to take the elitism out of wine culture.

    RedHen is a cooperative feminist wine import and distribution company that's challenging the status quo. Right now, wine industry undermines its most valuable stakeholders: farmers, women, and people of color. Learn about how RedHen Collective is forging deep and meaningful relationships and pushing back against the snobby reputation of the industry. Wine is for everyone --  boxed, canned, or bottled! 

    • 32 min
    The Afterlife of Food

    The Afterlife of Food

    Composting seems simple. Just throw your food scraps in a bin and let them decompose, right? It turns out there’s a lot more to it. We went to an expert, Igor Kharitonenkov, the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Boston-based pick-up service Bootstrap Compost, to answer all our questions about what happens to our food once we’re done with it. 
     Listen in as Igor explains the scientific difference between landfill and compost, reveals some of the most disgusting things he’s found in strangers’ buckets, and explains what it means to run a business that's a social enterprise. Bootstrap turns a city’s unwanted leftovers into food for farms and gardens. That adds up to a big impact. But by thinking more carefully about what we toss, any one of us can made a difference. 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

iOSpinola ,

Food, Justice & Solidarity

Take some time to listen to this show! Super worth your time. This is a great way to learn about our food system, consumer activism, and citizen organizing. At the end of each episode you get a list of action items.

Topics that I enjoyed learning about;
-The dark side of angel investing
-Citizen & Consumer Organizing
-Global Solidarity
- The Consolidation of our food system & of food markets.
- Democracy’s intersection with our food

Hoppekat ,

A great conversation with knowledgeable people

I like the approachable nature of these podcasts which feel like listening in on a really great conversation between really smart and grounded people on a wide variety of topics around food including history, current political influences, interesting behind the curtain views of the food industry, food products and how mission based businesses function.

Dmr62088 ,

Amazing !

Amazing !

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