Interviews with experts on the science, politics, and culture of food
Dr. Vandana Shiva expresses her strong views on hunger in the developing world, and the struggle of small farmers in her native India.
One small farmer’s perspective: In late December (2010), when CUpS sat down with Anthony Boutard, a local, organically certified small farmer to discuss the implications of the the Food Safety and Modernization Act (S.510), the final bill had not yet been passed, but the addition of the Tester amendment to the bill provided him a […]
The nation’s first comprehensive food safety legislation just barely passed the recent lameduck session of Congress.
PART 2—Continuing our conversation with Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy, she explains how over time we became gradually disconnected from how foods were produced, and where they originated. Most importantly, the advertising industry played a significant role in changing American values toward food, and easing the transformation to the industrial food production system of […]
Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy, explores the fundamental question, what do we know about our food, and how did we come to acquiring this knowledge. Vilesis sheds light on the profound role mass advertising has played in shaping public opinion in developing our modern food culture.
December 6, 2010 update: The House of Representatives just approved the “Healthy, Hungry Free Kids” act that includes a provision mandating $50 million in a competitive grants program (through USDA) to fund additional local sourcing of food from community farmers, help educate school kids to where their food originates, and to promote healthier eating habits. […]
Jonathan Bloom, journalist, and author of Wasted Food Blog, lists out the practical steps for reducing individual food waste in the home.
In this final segment, Larry Kleinman eloquently speaks to the fundamental goal necessary to create a truly sustainable society.
Part 5: Larry Kleinman shares his personal knowledge of what farm workers face, the ongoing struggle to gain workplace rights, and why unions are necessary.
As the national unemployment rate continues to hover around 10%, with 15 million people out of work, few Americans seem interested in farm worker jobs. In this segment, Larry Kleinman decries the notion that immigrants, and undocumented farm workers that comprise most of the farm labor force, are taking away desired jobs from U.S. citizens. […]