WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU
June 11, 2018
Episode 262: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Offers Its Take on What We Need in the Farm Bill
Ferd Hoefner launched NSAC over 30 years ago, and has seen a few Farm Bills. In this discussion we talk about the most important funding demands to foster a robust agricultural sector and revitalizing rural communities.
June 4, 2018
Episode 261: Formerly Known as Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing Our Minds, Bodies and Culture
Kristin Lawless has written a highly provocative book that assigns the blame for many of society's ills on a food industry run amok. Whether its how we feed our young, the impact of chemicals on our bodies, the incidence of chronic disease...
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May 28, 2018
Episode 260: Chicken Business, Water Pollution, Farm Bill, and more with the Uber Knowledgeable Raj Patel
In a wide ranging discussion with one of America's foremost thinkers, activists, and academics on food systems, we discuss Patel's forthcoming book on the chicken industry, the food system, and politics.
May 21, 2018
Episode 259: Why a Town in Kansas Prefers to Drink Bottled Water Rather Than Change Farming Practices
In order to support their local farming community, an entire town drinks bottled water. Their groundwater is polluted by agricultural runoff, but the townspeople don't want to penalize their farmers by forcing a costly fix, so they suck it...
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May 21, 2018
Episode 258: Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink!
Iowa, like many states, has major water quality issues thanks to Big Ag. Francis Thicke is an organic dairy farmer, soil scientist and leader in the organic food movement. He is also an expert in water quality issues and how the Iowa corn belt is wreaking...
What Doesn't Kill You: Food Industry Insights is a weekly podcast that examines the intersections between food, agriculture, people, and policy. Food is such a complex topic, yet we tend to take it for granted, paying little if any attention to the way food makes its way to our tables. As the world population increases there are all the more reasons to pause and reflect on the ways with which we feed ourselves.
Are we thinking of how our choices now will affect our planet's future? Can we promise the generations to come that they too will have the same access to rations that we enjoy today, at least in developed nations? What kinds of impacts on other nations are we having as we chow down on those burgers and nuggets? Our world has grown so small that what we eat here can make a major difference to the lives of people many thousands of miles away.
Animal welfare, trade agreements, food and technology, antibiotic overuse, lobbying, climate change, water use monocropping, environmental degradation... these are just a few of the topics I explore in What Doesn't Kill You. My guests run the gamut from farmers and ranchers to scientists, agronomists, journalists and activists, and sometimes industry insiders, convinced that they are going to feed the world, even as their methods point ever more clearly to the opposite.