July 18, 2012

Farmers Markets

Janine MacLachlan, Food Writer, Blogger, and Founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School

Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director, Urbana's Market at the Square City of Urbana

Host: Craig Cohen

We can get our food from most anywhere – restaurants and grocery stores abound in most communities across the country. Even if you live in a small town, many food options are just a short drive away. But much of what we bring home from the grocery store – and much of what many restaurants (especially the fast food variety) serve is processed, pre-packaged, and probably not all that fresh.

And then there are farmer’s markets. Growers, producers and artisans bring fresh food from their local communities to such markets every week. And some consumers absolutely swear by various seasonal markets and farmstands.

Is the food really all that different? What controls are in place to ensure quality and freshness in farmer’s markets? How do you know you’re really getting the higher quality you pay for? And just what are the advantages for you, your family, and your community in seeing that such farmer’s markets succeed?

We’ll discuss the potential benefits of vibrant farmer’s markets for a community, and seek out your experiences shopping at them – or perhaps bringing your own fare to market, as we talk with Janine MacLachlan, a food writer, blogger and founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School.  She’s the author of Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland. We’ll also be joined by Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director for Urbana’s Market at the Square for the City of Urbana. She and Market at the Square are featured prominently in MacLachlan’s book.

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June 19, 2012

The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet

Pierre Desrochers, Ph.D., Mercatus Center Affiliated Scholar; Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto

Host: David Inge
 

When selecting food for their dinner table, more and more people are looking for food produced close to home in the hope that it will boost food security for all. But University of Toronto economic geographer Pierre Desrochers says that while that might seem like a good idea, it does very little to solve our serious global food problems. We’ll talk about his new book "The Locavore’s Dilemma." In the book, he takes on some of the key points of the “eat local” agenda, including the ideas that local food is better for us and for the environment.

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May 30, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."

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April 11, 2012

Nutrition

With Susan Kundrat, RD, LDN, CSSD (President of Nutrition on the Move)

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March 14, 2012

Nutrition

With Susan Kundrat, RD, LDN, CSSD (President of Nutrition on the Move)

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February 08, 2012

Nutrition

With Karen M. Chapman-Novakofski, R.D., L.D.N., Ph.D. (Professor of Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois; Editor in Chief, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior)

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