Podcasts from 2010

The Local Grain Revolution XII (Year 3 & Lopez Island Grain Project)

Since March 2008, Deconstructing Dinner has been tracking the evolution of the Kootenay Grain CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the interior of British Columbia. The project is Canada’s first CSA for grain and it’s been quite a while since we’ve checked in with how it’s evolved in its third year. Also on this part 12 of the…

Exploring Ethnobiology IV (The Immaterial Components of Food Sovereignty / Comparing 17th/18th Century Cereal Grain Productivity Among Iroquois and Europeans)

Exploring Ethnobiology is a new series Deconstructing Dinner has been airing since June. Through a scientific lens, ethnobiology examines the relationships between humans and their surrounding plants, animals and ecosystems. With more and more people becoming interested in developing closer relationships with our surroundings (our food, the earth), there’s much we can all learn from…

TED Talks on Food w/Jamie Oliver, Carolyn Steel & Christien Meindertsma

TED has become an incredibly popular series of conferences featuring inspiring speakers from around the world. TED is a small non-profit devoted to what they call – “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Starting out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design, TED has since broadened its scope to include…

Produce to the People

Deconstructing Dinner has long been exploring the many ways through which farmers, businesses, organizations and communities are accessing food using new and innovative models. On today’s broadcast we hear more of those examples shared as part of the March 2010 panel – Produce to the People, hosted by the San Francisco based CUESA. The Produce…

Packaged Foods Exposed V (Unilever 3 Years Later) / Unequal Harvest

Packaged Foods Exposed V Deconstructing Dinner revisits with our popular series – Packaged Foods Exposed. Launched in 2006, the series examines the largest manufacturers of processed foods in the country and takes an often overlooked and critical perspective of these powerful companies. When Deconstructing Dinner last aired this series, we featured a two-part exposé of…

Exploring Ethnobiology III / Investigating Eggs Update

Exploring Ethnobiology III In May 2010, Deconstructing Dinner travelled to Vancouver Island where two international conferences on ethnobiology were being hosted. Ethnobiology examines the relationships between humans and their surrounding plants, animals and ecosystems. Today, more and more people are expressing an interest to develop closer relationships with the earth. This leaves much to be…

Local Food Fraud?: An Investigation

Nominated for a 2011 Jack Webster Award – this exclusive behind-the-scenes investigative report takes an in-depth look into alleged local food fraud. With the rapid rise in interest among North Americans to support locally produced food and with the premium people are willing to pay for that food, it leaves open an attractive opportunity for…

Climate Friendly Eating (Conscientious Cooks VIII)

On this part 8 of our Conscientious Cooks series, we listen in on a panel discussion hosted in 2008 by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (or CUESA) located in San Francisco, California. The panel was themed around the concept of Climate Friendly Eating. Voices Gail Feenstra, food systems analyst, University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education…

The Future of Prison Farms V: Abducted Cows

Having now devoted four episodes to covering the closure of Canada’s prison farms, this Part 5 of our coverage might mark a disappointing chapter for Canadians who have been hoping for a halt to the closures. While all six of these rehabilitative and job-training programs have been progressively dismantled over the past year, the August 9…