The Food Chain - What's Eating What Radio

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The Food Chain is an audience-interactive newstalk radio program that airs live on Saturdays from 9am to 10am Pacific time. The Food Chain, which has been named the Ag/News Show of the Year by California's legislature, is hosted by Michael Olson, author of the Ben Franklin Book of the Year award-winning MetroFarm, a 576-page guide to metropolitan agriculture.

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Show #1319: The Glyphosate Label Fight

Despite losing two recent mega-million dollar decisions at the Supreme Court, the chemical giant Bayer AG vows to fight on for its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. This fight leads us to ask:

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Aug 04
Show #1323: Feeding Our Microbiome

When we eat, we are not just feeding the me, we are also feeding the 100 trillion microorganisms that live with the me. That leads us to ask:

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Aug 03
Show #1319: Glyphosate Labeling Fight

Despite losing two recent mega-million dollar decisions at the Supreme Court, the chemical giant Bayer AG vows to fight on for its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. This fight leads us to ask:

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Jul 30
Show #1322: Breeding A Better Bee

I happened to be watching a honey bee working over a lemon tree blossom on the 19th of July, when I realized that it was my first honey bee sighting of the year. That sighting leads me to ask:

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Jul 30
Show #1321: Corralling Food Supplements

Hippocrates is said to have said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” But the efforts by some to register food as medicine leads us to ask…

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Jul 19
Show #1320: FAILURE OF FACTORY BABY FORMULA

Four companies control 95% of the infant formula sold in the United States. When one of their factories was forced to close, mothers panicked and horded. This leads us to ask:

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Jul 14
Show #1318: The Food Angels

President Joe Biden recently announced that a food shortage is in the near future for the United States, and that it is “gonna be real.” So we ask:

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Jun 24
Show #1317: The Fight for Water: The Farmers

Those who grow our food are fond of saying, “Food grows where water flows.” That they keep saying this leads us to ask:

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Jun 17
Show #1316: The Pandemic Burnout Reset

After weathering nearly three years of the Covid-19 shutdown, it is time for a burnout reset. And so we ask:

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Jun 08
Show #1315: The Elites' Guilt-Free Meat

Franz Kafka, author of The Trial, once said, “My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.” Kafka’s guiding principle leads us to ask:

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May 18
Show #1314: The Blue Revolution

Fishermen used to rely on good luck to haul in the big catch. But when they began relying on information, instead of luck, they almost caught all the fish in the sea. That leads us to ask:

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May 18
Show #1313: Building The Foundation for a Future

This just in: The Union Pacific Railway is cutting back its shipments of fertilizer to the nation’s farmers. In other words, the Union Pacific is cutting back its shipment of food to feed you and me. That leads us to ask:

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May 05
Show #1312 :

President Joe Biden has warned that Russia?s invasion of the Ukraine will cause food shortages. If such is the case, we must pause to ask:

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Apr 14
Show #1311: Chickens and Their Eggs!

Wherever we go, chickens go, too! The reason chickens go where we go is that they are one of our best sources of good food. In fact, chickens can take almost nothing and turn it into nature?s perfect food, its egg. And that leads us to ask:

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Apr 14
Show #1308: Birds That Prey!

Napolean the Pig was said to have said, ?All animals are created equal, but some are created more equal than others.? If such is indeed the case, we ask:

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Apr 02
Show #1310: Farming The Parking Lots?

Over the past century most all of us moved into the city, where we came to rely on others to bring us food to eat. But what if the day comes when others stop bringing us food to eat? That thought leads us to ask:

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Mar 31
Show #1309: Seeding Civilization

We are all flower children. In fact, it was our relationship with flowering plants, and their seeds, that allowed us to settle down and become civilized. However, those seeds, and our future with flowering plants, are disappearing. And so we ask:

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Mar 31
Show #1308: Birds That Prey!

Should we foster the existence of birds that prey?

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Mar 24
Show #1307: Our Tsunami of Food Plastic

14 percent of the plastic we use is recycled. That means 86 percent of the plastic we use is not recycled. The thought of all that plastic piling up in a giant tsunami leads us to ask:

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Mar 02
Show #1306: Home Restaurant Freedom!

As demonstrated by Stalin?s holodomor, and Mao?s great Leap Forward, the most effective way to control people is to control their food. And so we ask:

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Feb 23
Show #1305: PLANTS ARE PEOPLE, TOO!

They are just about everywhere, except in places like the Saraha Desert, and there are so many of them. Therefore, they can?t really be special! But according to some, they are, and so we ask?

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Feb 17
Show #1304: Buying Up America's Farmland

China is buying up America?s farmland? with the money we send it to manufacture stuff for us in their coal-burning factories. Some say this a good deal because we don?t have to work in those factories. Others say it?s a bad deal because we are selling

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Feb 09
Show #: 1303 LEGAL LOCAL LIQUOR:

California Senate Bill 620 would, if signed into law, make it legal for the state?s residents to buy liquor directly from a local distiller. The thought of legal local liquor leads us to ask:

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Feb 03
Show #1302: A Murder of Crows in Sunnyvale

There is a murder in the trees of Sunnyvale. Yes, a murder of crows has invaded this little Silicon Valley town, and that murder has the town?s people asking:

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Jan 20
Show #1301 :

Farming commodities is a business of boom and bust. During the boom, farmers borrow big to expand production. During the bust, farmers give it all back to the banks. This leads us to ask:

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Jan 10
Show #1300: Malabar Farm

When great clouds of dust woke America to the need to save its soil, much of the awakening took place on an Ohio farm named after the southwest coast of India. Therein lies a story that leads us to ask:

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Jan 04
Show #1299: The Quiet Pandemic of Pesticide Devasation

While the Covid-19 pandemic has been driving the world to distraction, a quiet pandemic has been building steam that could prove to be far more threatening to life on earth. And so we ask:

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Dec 16, 2021
Show #1298: Wolves V Cattle

This just in. The Billings Gazette reports that the State of Montana will not have enough money to cover all the claims of livestock killed by predators. And so we ask:

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Dec 08, 2021
Show #1297: Pet Nation!

Twenty years ago, Duke the Dog lived out in the backyard. Now he lives in the house and sleeps in a bed. And so we ask:

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Dec 01, 2021
Show #1296: Defending Beef, Again!

We have been told that cows cause the climate to change by emitting greenhouse gas. Now we are told to replace the beef we eat with patented, manufactured meat-like substances. And so we ask:

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Nov 17, 2021