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!”
GMOs have been controversial for years, but what’s next? Melody Meyer, VP United Natural Foods addressed the future as a panelist at Natural Foods Expo panel on “Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering–Concerns and Opportunities”. Melody lays out the issues in this Farm To Table Talk.
Our health is connected to the health of our soil. Fred Kirschenmann explains how we got where we are today and how regenerative and resilient soils are a key to a healthy future. As he explained at the Organic Farming Research Foundation at Natural Foods Expo West, he introduces the concept of ‘bio-regional communities” that will develop local food and farming economies, appropriate to place.
Presidential politics may have addressed everything that matters except what may matter most, our food system. Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and other food movement leaders, including our guest Ricardo Salvador from the Union of Concerned Scientists intend to change that with the “Plate of the Union”. Ricardo explains the issues, the political process now and what should happen next..
Better food with better stories will soon be everywhere. In this conversation with the renowned Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert we cover key food trends, good ideas and bad ideas too, such as the repeal of Country of Origin Labeling for meat. People who care about their food and how it is grown, will care about what Phil sees ahead.
Consumers want to know about chicken ‘freedoms’. Are the chickens raised cage free? Antibiotic free? GMO free? Or even farm free, in cities. Maurice Pitesky, Poultry Health and Food Safety Extension Specialist with the world leading UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, talks with us about antibiotic use, 100,000 CA backyard chicken premises and shifting systems to free-range to meet customer demand.
Congress has stepped in to the GMO salmon issue by requiring that labeling be addressed before the new salmon can be sold in the US. UC Davis Geneticist, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam discusses this salmon controversy, labeling, the roots of mistrust and the new, less controversial, genetic technologies that will target traits of importance to consumers.
More and more people want to know how their food is produced and also want to know that they can count on honest information. The USDA Ag Marketing Service is filling that need with the USDA Process Verified program. Dr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Ag. Marketing Service explains the program and shares insights on the trends: animal welfare, GMO, antibiotics, sustainability and farm size.
Google leads in some many arenas it shouldn’t be a surprise, that they are also leading Silicon Valley with an impressive Farm to Table program. Led by our guest, Christa Essig, google team members around the world are seeing food grown on their campuses, eating sustainably grown food and continually learning about a better food system.
The Dietary Guidelines for America has taken several big steps, although not as big as some would like. Sharon Palmer, RD, outlines what the changes will mean. One of the recommendations has already been acted on when FDA announced new nutrition fact labels that require the listing of “added sugars”.