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Michael Goran and Emily Ventura

E87: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar for your Kids

September 2020

This is the first of two podcasts with the authors of a new book entitled, Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do. This podcast will cover the wide-ranging effects of sugar on children, and the second podcast will address what can be done in the home and with policy. University of Southern California, Michael Goran, leads the program in diabetes and obesity at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. His co-author, Dr. Emily Ventura, is a nutrition educator, public health advocate, writer and cook. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E87: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar for your Kids »


Michael Goran and Emily Ventura

E88: How to Sugarproof Your Kids

September 2020

This is the second of two podcasts with the authors of the new book Sugarproof, The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child at Risk and What You Can Do. Our first podcast offered a fascinating view of the effects of sugar on children and this podcast will discuss what might be done. University of Southern California's Michael Goran leads the program in Diabetes and Obesity at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, his co-author Emily Ventura is a nutrition educator, public health advocate, writer and cook. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E88: How to Sugarproof Your Kids »


How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic

E86: How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 2020

This podcast is part of a series on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. And in this interview, we'll be exploring how one North Carolina farming business has coped with the unique challenges of the pandemic and particularly disruptions to longstanding markets and supply chains for farm products. Our guest is Jim Warenda from Wilson, North Carolina. Jim runs a diverse organization that includes Fresh-Pik Produce, the Southeastern Growers Association and Dean’s Farm Market. He's also the President of North Carolina's Strawberry Association. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E86: How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic »


Carolyn Barnes on SNAP and WIC

E85: Changes to SNAP and WIC in Response to the Pandemic are Innovations

August 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. Today, we are talking about the changes policymakers have made to SNAP and WIC, the country's largest federal nutrition assistance programs. Our guest is Public Policy Professor Carolyn Barnes from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E85: Changes to SNAP and WIC in Response to the Pandemic are Innovations »


Caitlin Welsh

E84: COVID Highlights Need to Change Food Security Strategy

August 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. We’re interviewing Caitlin Welsh, director of the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington DC. Caitlin is a leading expert on global and US food security and particularly on the relationship between food security, urbanization, climate change, and conflict. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E84: COVID Highlights Need to Change Food Security Strategy »


Janet Poppendieck - COVID Highlights the Trouble with Charity Food

E80: Janet Poppendieck - COVID Highlights the Problems with Charity Food

July 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're exploring today, the role of charitable efforts to address food access. Places such as food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries. Janet Poppendieck has studied the emergency food system in the U.S. for decades. She is professor emerita of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York and the author of the book, "Sweet Charity, Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement." Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E80: Janet Poppendieck - COVID Highlights the Problems with Charity Food »


Janet Poppendieck - Time for Universal Free School Meals

E81: Time for Universal Free School Meals

July 2020

This podcast is part of series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. When the pandemic forced schools to close, school districts and states scrambled to keep a nutritional safety net working for vulnerable students. Millions of US students rely on school meals and summer feeding programs to get food each day. I am delighted to welcome Janet Poppendieck from the City University of New York Urban Food Policy Institute to this podcast. She is the author of "Free for All: Fixing School Lunch in America." Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E81: Time for Universal Free School Meals »


James Skeet

E82: Rediscovering Navajo Indigenous Agricultural Wisdom

July 2020

There's a great deal to learn from the deep connections between regenerative agriculture and the farming traditions of First Nations people. My guest today is James Skeet, a member of the Navajo Nation and the founder of Spirit Farm in New Mexico, a demonstration farm that draws both Native Americans and others to learn more about issues like composting and regenerative farming techniques. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E82: Rediscovering Navajo Indigenous Agricultural Wisdom »


Michael Kotutwa Johnson

E83: Hopi Farming - Agriculture, Culture, and Environment in Balance

July 2020

Today, we're digging in to the little known origins of regenerative agriculture, a conservation approach to farming and raising animals that focuses on soil health, biodiversity, improving the water cycle, and resilience to climate change. My guest today is Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a 450th generation Hopi farmer in the dry lands of Arizona and a research associate with the Native American Agriculture Fund. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E83: Hopi Farming - Agriculture, Culture, and Environment in Balance »


Andy Fisher

E79: Andy Fisher on Exploring the Connection Between Industry and Food Banks

July 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is exposing a deep flaw in the country's food system, namely stunning levels of food insecurity, but also the transformation of emergency food assistance into what some have characterized as an industry as food charity become big business. Andy Fisher, our guest today is a leader in the Food Security and Food Justice Movement. He founded and led The National Community Food Security Coalition and led Federal Legislation campaigns to gain more than $200 million for community-based food security and farm to school projects. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E79: Andy Fisher on Exploring the Connection Between Industry and Food Banks »


Elle Evans Peterson, Morgan Wittman Gramann

E78: How NC School Nutrition Programs are Grappling with Covid

June 2020

On March 14th of this year when Governor Cooper issued his Executive Order and closed North Carolina public schools statewide, the first challenge was how do we continue to offer this essential service and feed our students? This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. Today we're looking at how North Carolina's School Meal Programs have adapted during the pandemic and how some school children are continuing to get the nutrition that they need. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E78: How NC School Nutrition Programs are Grappling with Covid »


Katie Wilson, Urban School Food Alliance

E77: School Meals During a Pandemic – What Works with Katie Wilson

June 2020

About 33 million children access school meals every day across the country. Today, we're exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young students: children who receive much needed nutrition through their school. We interviewed Dr. Katie Wilson, executive director of the Urban School Food Alliance. The Urban School Food Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of the largest school districts in the U.S, including New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E77: School Meals During a Pandemic – What Works with Katie Wilson »


Food Fights - A Civil Conversation About Contemporary Food Debates

E76: Food Fights - A Civil Conversation About Contemporary Food Debates

February 2020

Understanding our current food system, where it came from and especially where it might go is much easier if one understands history. Our field needs historians, thoughtful scholars who can do deep exploration of what has preceded the snapshot in time that represents what we're experiencing today. This is why an exciting development was the recent publication of a book entitled Food Fights edited by two historians at North Carolina State University, Charles Ludington and Matthew Booker. We're joined today by both of the editors. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E76: Food Fights - A Civil Conversation About Contemporary Food Debates »


Richard Linton on Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina

E75: Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina

February 2020

Agriculture is a remarkably complex, fascinating, and important topic. We all eat of course, but often we don't know much about the story of our food, how it gets produced, where it comes from, how technology, for example, can help provide wholesome, healthy, and safe food, and more. There are some remarkable people out there who see the big picture and who understand both the past and future of agriculture. One such person is our guest, Richard Linton. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E75: Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina »


Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl

E73: Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl

February 2020

People who experience weight discrimination are more likely to gain more weight over time than people with obesity who don't describe these kinds of experiences. Weight bias, stigma and discrimination have received more and more attention among researchers, but also in the public. Think, for example, of the term "fat shaming." Among the researchers doing path-breaking work in this area is Dr. Rebecca Pearl at the Perlman School of Medicine. Her research focuses on weight bias and its associated outcomes in patients with obesity. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E73: Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl »


Dr. Janet Tomiyama explains why weight bullying doesn't work

E67: Weight Bullying Backfires and Causes Harm

January 2020

Stigmatizing people based on factors such as race and sexual identity is being tolerated less and less. But what about stigmatizing people with issues that some believe are under personal control, such as use of drugs and alcohol or obesity? Can negative attitudes encourage people to change? Dr. Janet Tomiyama explains. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E67: Weight Bullying Backfires and Causes Harm »


Louise Metz on Weight Inclusive Medical Care

E71: Louise Metz on Weight Inclusive Medical Care

January 2020

Weight stigma, bias and discrimination can have very profound impacts on individuals. Medical settings are a place where there are real opportunities to make change and today's guest, Dr. Louise Metz is a change maker. She is passionate about providing weight-inclusive medical care, and committed to helping to change the paradigm surrounding the way we address weight and health. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E71: Louise Metz on Weight Inclusive Medical Care »


Lilian Cheung on Eating Mindfully

E74: How Eating Mindfully Can Change Your World

January 2020

Do you eat mindfully? Could an approach to eating derived from one religious tradition be helpful to us all? Today's guest, Dr. Lilian Cheung is an expert on just these questions. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E74: How Eating Mindfully Can Change Your World »


Will Harris, White Oak Pastures

E72: Will Harris on White Oak Pastures Success with Regenerative Ag

January 2020

Imagine being a fourth-generation owner of a business and deciding to completely change things to upend tried-and-traditional ways of doing things in favor of something brand new, untraditional, and potentially pretty risky. Such is the story of our guest today, farmer Will Harris. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E72: Will Harris on White Oak Pastures Success with Regenerative Ag »


Gabe and Paul Brown

E69: Gabe Brown on the Desperate Need for Regenerative Agriculture

January 2020

Imagine a farm doing such creative work that more than 2,000 people come to visit each year from all 50 states and more than 20 countries outside the US. What do you think such a farm might be doing? Our guest Gabe Brown can explain. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E69: Gabe Brown on the Desperate Need for Regenerative Agriculture »


Marlowe Vaughn and Bob Ivey on Myths and Misperceptions in the Pork Industry

E70: Myths and Misperceptions about the Pork Industry

December 2019

Have you ever wondered whether they are antibiotics or hormones in your grocery store pork chops? Or what swine farmers do with their pig waste? Or maybe you're interested in buying locally grown foods, but you're not sure what that really means when you're in the grocery store. In this podcast, Marlowe Vaughn and Bob Ivey of Razorback farms in Goldsboro, North Carolina, tackle myths and misperceptions about the pork industry. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E70: Myths and Misperceptions about the Pork Industry »


Brandon Batton of Triple B Farms

E64: Technology, Transition and Family at Triple B Farms

November 2019

Today I'm talking with Brandon Batten of Triple B Farms, a sixth generation farmer in Johnston County, North Carolina. Brandon's passion for agriculture comes from growing up on the farm and learning the ropes from his late grandfather. A graduate in biological and agricultural engineering from North Carolina State University. He advocates for using farm level research to make sure that the latest technology and advancements in all aspects of agriculture to reach the farmers that need them. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E64: Technology, Transition and Family at Triple B Farms »


Awilo Ochieng Pernet on the Global Complexity of Food Safety

E61: Awilo Ochieng Pernet on the Global Complexity of Food Safety

November 2019

Food safety is a very important international issue and few people have been as engaged on this topic as our guest today, Awilo Ochieng Pernet, a senior advisor on international matters related to food safety, nutrition, water and veterinary issues at the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E61: Awilo Ochieng Pernet on the Global Complexity of Food Safety »


Jeremy Everett, Founder of the Texas Hunger Initiative

E66: Jeremy Everett: Ending Hunger Takes Coordinated Action

November 2019

Faith-based efforts can be powerful and compelling ways to address a number of social issues, including food insecurity. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E66: Jeremy Everett: Ending Hunger Takes Coordinated Action »


Bert Pitt on Today's Farming Challenges

E62: Bert Pitt on Today’s Farming Challenges

November 2019

At the age of 68, Bert Pitt is lean and tan, with Robert Redford blue eyes and a working man's hands. He's a seventh generation farmer, raising cotton and sweet potatoes now, and lives in his family's ancestral home in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Farming is both his job and his heritage, and he passionately believes in the value of small family farms. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E62: Bert Pitt on Today’s Farming Challenges »


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