Podcasts from 2010 (Page 2)

The Erosion of Civilizations (w/David Montgomery & Ronald Wright)

Deconstructing Dinner has recently been reflecting on the model of agriculture itself as the primary source through which most people on earth access their food. From our exploration of ethnobiology to recent topics on permaculture, it’s clear that there are other models available, which, for some people are a substitute for agriculture, and for others,…

Exploring Ethnobiology II: Nancy Turner

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 learned from the…

Are Agricultural Systems Sustainable? (Toby Hemenway on Permaculture)

Much of the content of Deconstructing Dinner revolves primarily around the practice of agriculture; from examining the challenges of current agricultural systems to the opportunities found in alternatives. However, most of the alternatives we examine are also ‘agri’cultural and so from time to time it’s important to step back and deconstruct that very focus… asking the…

Vancouver’s Backyard Chickens II / Bucky Buckaw

The second of a two-part feature on the City of Vancouver’s multi-year process to approve backyard chickens. Because of the many similar debates underway within city councils across the country, this focus on Vancouver’s efforts looks back over the past few years to track just how this process first began and how it evolved from…

Margaret Atwood Joins Prison Farms Campaign / Vancouver’s Backyard Chickens I

Margaret Atwood Joins Prison Farms Campaign As part of our ongoing coverage on the future of Canada’s prison farms, we check in on the campaign where well-known Canadian author Margaret Atwood has now joined the fight. We’ll listen in on the June 6 rally in Kingston, Ontario and the subsequent rally in Ottawa one week…

Farmed Salmon Arrive in Ottawa (Norway, British Columbia VII)

Over the past year, Deconstructing Dinner has spent an increasing amount of time focusing on the discussions that take place on food and farming within Canada’s parliamentary committees. Today, we visit with a previously unexplored committee on the show – the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, where, in the past few months, the subject…

Exploring Ethnobiology I: Preserving Traditional Foodways Among Indigenous Youth

As people throughout the Western world are increasingly seeking to reconnect with their food, there’s a lot to be learned from the many peoples who have long maintained these dynamic relationships between their sustenance and the earth. Ethnobiologists research these very relationships through a scientific lens and it’s a field of study bringing together many…

Whole Foods Market Targeted by Organic Advocates / Local Food System Development Spotlight / Carnivore Chic

Whole Foods Market Targeted by Organic Advocates The U.S.-based Organic Consumers Association is the largest of its kind in the United States – representing thousands of supporters of organic food. Over the past year, the organization has taken a strong stance against grocery giant Whole Foods Market, calling upon them to “walk their talk” and…

Rally for Wild Salmon: “Fish Farms Out” (Norway, British Columbia VI)

On May 8, 2010, Deconstructing Dinner descended upon the grounds of the Legislature of British Columbia in Victoria where one of the largest rallies of its kind was taking place. The rally was organized as part of the 2.5 week long “Get Out Migration” calling for the removal of open-net salmon farms along the B.C.…

‘Crack’ Down on Backyard and Farm-Fresh Eggs

Over the past month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (the CFIA) has embarked on a concentrated effort in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, threatening area businesses with fines unless they remove their ungraded farm-fresh eggs from store shelves. Close to a dozen businesses that Deconstructing Dinner is aware of have received such a…