Interviews with experts on the science, politics, and culture of food
This is the third of an ongoing series with Dr. Alan Kapuler, founder of Peace Seeds, and former co-founder and research director for Seeds of Change. He currently resides in Corvallis, Oregon where he continues his research projects, and maintains his remarkable organic seed catalog. We live in a hyper-competitive era where often the model [...]
Alan Kapuler is well-educated in a formal academic sense, and also from a lifetime of work planting, breeding, and cataloging his vast collection of open pollinated seeds.
Alan Kapuler became a public domain organic plant breeder, often regarded as the founding father of the organic seed movement.
“Ecology is permanent economy”— Sunderlal Bahuguna, environmental activist and active crusader in the Chipko Movement Dr. Vandana Shiva founded the Research for Science, Technology, and Ecology, (RFSTE) organization, inspired by her earlier involvement with the Chipko movement. In 1973, in a mountainous region in the Himalayas, women villagers, in heroic and desperate fashion, clung to [...]
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 [...]