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Best Melissa Diaz podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best Melissa Diaz podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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Is it best that our food is Local and Organic or Big and Conventional? Our view is “Both, and..” We don’t come to the table with a bias, except that good farming like good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm a ...
 
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Farmers want to do the best they can. That can mean much more than just better yields and better prices for their commodity to include social and environmental impacts. It’s not just altruistic to do the right things for the land, farm workers and the environment, since food manufacturers and retailers want to source from farms they can highlight t…
 
Can organic farming be a solution to our toughest challenges? The California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) contend that it is and they have research from over 300 scientific studies to back up that claim, in a “Roadmap to an Organic California”. Rebekah Weber, Policy Director of CCOF says Organic systems sequester carbon, stimulate local economi…
 
In these days some want to become farmers and some farmers are grateful if they can just stay afloat. Yet over the long haul farmers are growers so they grow food and they often need to grow their own business either horizontally (with more land) or vertically moving upstream to the ultimate consumers. Matt Billings is a 4th generation almond farme…
 
The pandemic of 2020 portends a world of food insecurity, unless it leads to farming and food distribution innovations putting consumers in closer communications with a wider variety of new small-scale farmers to compliment re-focused traditional agriculture. Coming from the crisis can be “gardens of eden” reducing hunger and poverty with just abun…
 
Being successful at farming is hard enough without a Pandemic. Now on top of the regular challenges of planning, planting, growing, watering, harvesting and marketing crops, farmers today have to take extra steps to keep their family and workforce safe from the Covid-19 virus. Aaron Barcellos, partner in the family farm, A-Bar Ag Enterprise, knows …
 
What are we really hungry for? In Hungry, Eve Turow-Paul guides us through today’s global food and lifestyle culture and looks at the connections between top trends, how we find well-being, the impacts of the Digital Age and the COVID-19 Pandemic. How isthe Digital Age redefining people’s needs and desires? How does “foodie” culture, along with oth…
 
The pandemic of 2020 has led to the closing of most restaurants, except for carry out and delivery. We do what we have to do, but we miss our favorite restaurants. Like most other restaurants Farm To Fork Restauant, Mulvaneys B&L had to close their doors and lay off their staff. Unlike most restaurants they almost immediately started looking for wa…
 
‘This aint normal’ is frequently said today and was the title of a 2011 book by the all-american farmer philosopher, Joel Salatin. It has led to the most popular question in the world today “when will we get back to normal?’ When it comes to our food system the answer is “maybe never” and that could be best. Joel Salatin, his family and team at Pol…
 
Food trends continue, even as consumers respond to crises like a global pandemic by skipping meetings, grocery delivery and carry out. According to Suzy Badarucco, the President of global food forecaster, Culinary Tides, food and drink trends have been in a “slide” that began even before the Corona virus outbreak. Fires, mass shootings, floods, imp…
 
The real dirt to common ground is found "Beyond Your Table". It's a new podcast launched at the 2020 World Ag Expo in Tulare CA. Leading voices in the agriculture and food space found common ground on the future of agriculture from diverse perspectives. Podcasters and co-hosts, Michael R. Dimock of Flipping the Table and the advocacy group Roots of…
 
Today when many large food companies claim to be committed to sustainability and climate friendly regenerative agriculture, skeptics are quick to question. Is it real or is it "greenwashing"? A little on-line research or even better, a strategic conversation with the person responsible for corporate sustainability programs can answer those question…
 
Joel Salatin, calls himself a "Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvat…
 
What's new down on the farm? Hemp. Farmers are trying to grow industrial hemp all over instead of food crops that have been providing insufficient returns. Consumers are starting to notice this strange new crop as they drive down country roads. Industrial hemp is not recreational marijuana; it's the non-intoxicating low-THC, oilseed and fiber varie…
 
There are some great tastes you just can't grow locally. Take coffee for example. At the Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasting and Coffee shop in Sacramento, Coffee Farmer Juan Luis Barrios has come from his farm in Guatemala to see see what Edie and Andy's customers think of his coffee. The next stop on his trip will be Scandinavia the other major area t…
 
Farming progress can mean climate progress as processing tomato growers are proving in California. Since the tomato growers shifted almost totally to buried drip irrigation, water use became more efficient, yields increased, fertilizer was more precisely applied through the drip system, and, surprisingly the emission of one of the most potent green…
 
Where better to celebrate a Bacon Fest than at Mulvaney's B&L in Sacramento, the Farm to Fork Capital of America. Delicious and innovative pork dishes are served as specials on menus all week, throughout the city, culminating in a competition to show what top chefs can do when provided half a hog to prepare their best pork dishes, and bacon. The 20…
 
For forty years EcoFarm has convened leaders, researchers, farmers and fans of organic food and farming at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove California. At the 2020 Vision event over 1,000 attendees came to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the future of organic food and farming. Recent Farm To Table Talk and keynote speake…
 
It is becoming common to hear celebrities tell the public that they must cut back on meat and dairy consumption for the good of the planet. Whether consumers believe the "expert" advice of their favorite performer, the majority of the public does believe that climate change is deadly serious, but are livestock raised for our meat and dairy products…
 
Accompanied by occasional sounds of moos, oinks, clucks and baas , a big old barn in Ohio is the surprising base for cooking classes and state of the art learning experiences where chefs and other food and wellness educators make sustainability and mindfulness into a delicious and edifying experience. The Teaching Kitchen at Turner Farm was built i…
 
Will we preserve the Agrarian way that Wendell Berry calls "the given life"? Farms and non-profits throughout the Country are stepping up to that challenge. In the Ohio River Valley, Turner Farm is all in to preserve the way of life of a certain kind of agriculture. Appropriately located on "Given Road" in Indian Hills on the outskirts of Cincinnat…
 
Could goats provide solutions to challenges such as: extra income, a new livelihood, chores for the kids, lower carbon foot print, poison ivy, forrest fire risks and even climate remedies, a bite at a time? In Central Iowa, Aaron Steele has become a believer and then a founder of a new business based on these beliefs. When Aaron and his family move…
 
"Cheap food comes at a high cost" says Bob Quinn, a progressive leader in promoting organic and sustainable agriculture throughout the state of Montana, United States, and world. He grew up on the family farm in Montana when no one thought twice about what he now calls "chemical agriculture". Today he challenges us to be "Chemical Free by 2043". Hi…
 
Farming no longer just happens in the country. It's increasingly taking place in cities around the globe. Whether it's to feed a family or generate additional income, seeds in the ground, attentively cultivated to harvest is making a difference. At home in Atlanta Rashid Nuri is continuing to promote urban agriculture as he has for over 40 years al…
 
"Meat" doesn't necessarily have to come from animals any more. Protein alternatives from plants have been in the market for decades and have become popular of late as restaurants and their consumers are finding plant based meat products are appealing for a number of reasons. The next new thing in protein options will be meat produced in laboratorie…
 
Can a farmer be both a producer of a global commodity and organic wiwth local branded product available at the Farmers Market and on-line? The answer is Yes when the question is put to Tom Knowles whose family has grown rice in Northern California for over 100 years. Too often in Agriculture organic and conventional systems are viewed as the enemy …
 
In the modern lexicon of food and farming, Social Justice is a term that is often heard but not often understood, let alone practiced. The California Institute of Rural Studies wants to increase social justice in rural California for all residents, building sustainable communities based on a healthy agriculture. Foremost in their work are marginali…
 
The growing local food movement is connecting consumers with how, where, and by whom their food is produced. "Yet small farmers and food businesses struggle to sell their goods to local buyers at profit-generating prices." A study from UC Davis argues that authentic regional brands rather than labels defined by the proximity of production can captu…
 
On Vancouver Island in British Columbia Ben Glassen is following the advice that Joel Salatin has shared in books, speaking engagements and on the Farm To Table Talk Podcast. Using Joel's model, Ben is providing Pastured Poultry for Vancouver Island families by moving chickens across the field daily to evenly spread the wear, fertilization and ensu…
 
Do we Eat Right? Yes, maybe. What should we eat? There are professionals to help us answer questions like this. They’re called Registered Dietitians and over 10,000 of them attended the Food Nutrition Conference and Expo #FNCE in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. One of the highly respected Dietitians in Philadelphi…
 
Celebrating agricultural bounty in the midst of a record-setting 150,00 festival goers, great conversations take place about food and farming. What does Farm to Fork mean for farmers, restaurant chefs and consumers? To answer that and related questions 4 special guests sat down at a table, on a stage in a tent at the world famous, Sacramento Farm t…
 
Groundwater is a critical under-measured resource that is in a precarious state. In the U.S. ground water provides 44% of drinking water and 42% of the irrigation supply; globally it’s closer to 70% of irrigation supply. It provides the base flow for our streams, rivers and lakes. Our virtual savings account for food production, property value and …
 
Good food, well grown, makes us happy, but can the food be happy too? At least one company suggests that is the case: the aptly named “Happy Egg”. Originating in England, before sustainable food became popular, the Happy Egg is a pioneer of free range farming. The CEO of Happy Egg, Dan Ansperger, is a Missouri farm boy who finds a brand new way to …
 
"Bridge Dinner". Who says metaphors can’t stick to your ribs? When a bridge is closed to bring people together over food, you are witnessing a metaphor coming alive. In Sacramento the Tower Bridge Dinner over the Sacramento River in front of the Capitol serves over 800 guests and is the crowning event of the Annual Farm to Fork street Festival atte…
 
A few years ago Sacramento declared itself to be the Farm to Fork Capitol. It was a bold claim that was immediately challenged by other communities who felt that they deserved to be the “Capitol”. Some jumped on Social media to say “Oh yeah. We’re just as good or better.” Well, let the competition begin because everybody wins if cities all over str…
 
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