The desire to farm is not limited to farm kids. In fact a large number of new farmers have started non ag careers after college and grew up in the city without the benefit of family traditions, 4-H or FFA. One of the programs created to help them get started is the Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture. Ruthie King took a break from her Farm School responsibilities to to join our Farm To Table Talk conversation about helping new farmers become successful farmers.
Newspapers have suffered as the Internet of Social Media, Blogs and Search engines is our source for information about everything, including food. Russ Parsons, author and former Food Editor for the LA Times has experienced it all and shares how consumers today need to be curious and a little skeptical. He also praises journalism such as the Farm To Fable articles in the Tampa Bay Times by Laura Reiley. (Also on our podcast.)
The Farm To Fables stories in the Tampa Bay Times exposed dishonesty and misrepresentation in many restaurants about the providence of their food. It has created a stir all over the country and also right in Tampa where Chef/Owner Greg Baker of the well regarded Refinery restaurant sharply criticized the dishonest practices in a Food Republic article and in this Farm To Table Talk podcast.
Read his article on Food Republic http://www.foodrepublic.com/2016/04/25/a-pissed-off-tampa-chef-explains-the-farm-to-fable-controversy/
A sustainable food system, including livestock production, is essential. That is the perspective being advanced in thought and deed by Bob Martin of the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. A Kansas farm boy himself, Bob sees the shortcomings in the current system and also sees reasons to be encouraged. Consumers, politicians and farmers themselves will find plenty to chew on in this Farm To Table Talk.
The world needs more sustainable food systems and Patrick Holden, CEO of UK based Sustainable Food Trust, points the way forward. It starts with recognizing the “true cost of food”. It means moving from industrialized models to systems which avoid environmental damage, minimizes natural resource depletion and promotes public health, social justice and well-being. Learn more in our podcast and at sustainablefoodtrust.org
Are menus truthful about the farm source of our food? Many are not according to Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times. On this Farm To Table Talk Laura explains what they have learned, what consumers can do and what might come next. It’s all about consumers desire to know where their food comes from, how its raised and who really is the farmer. And it’s about trust.
yRead Laura Riele’s article: http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/food/farm-to-fable/restaurants/
Joel Salatin is the most famous farmer in the US and he’s becoming a global celebrity too. The Sustainable Food Trust hears Joel’s recommendations for the the future of Food at the “True Cost of American Food Conference”. He shares his wisdom for caring consumers, other farmers, and even Grandparents. Featured in films and author of 10 books, this is a conversation for our times. @susfoodtrust
Today many consumers want more than just abundant, delicious and affordable food; they want to know how their food is produced and whether the animals were treated humanely. The American Humane Association is one of the organizations that provides certification of animal raising practices to give that assurance. Dan Berman explains what is “humane” and how they confirm that humane practices are being used.
There is good reason to be skeptical about food claims, especially when you have auto-immune diseases like these sisters, Kacy and Kara. “Sisters Undercover” sounds funny but they are dead serious about finding the truth behind what they consume. They must eat “clean” and are sharing what they learn–the good and the not so good.
The journey from farm to table is seldom more intriguing than that taken for the best salad in the West, from Myamar to Burma Superstar. Fermented tea leaves from Burmese farmers is the star ingredient of the consistently top-rated salad. That’s good news for farmers in Myamar who hope to expand their Certified Organic tea production to meet the growing demand for the leaves: “Eat Your Tea!”