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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- September 21st 2013- Guests: Thomas AmRhein, Vice President, Naturipe Berry Growers and Cynthia Mathiesen, Global Intellectual Properties Manager, Driscoll’s Berries- THE RIGHT TO OWN A PUBLIC FOOD

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Urban Farming Agriculture
              Food Chain Radio Host Michael Olson
                        #937 •  September 21, 2013  •  Sat 9AM Pacific

                         Guests:  Thomas AmRhein, Vice President, Naturipe Berry Growers

              Cynthia Mathiesen, Global Intellectual Properties Manager, Driscoll’s Berries

 
THE RIGHT TO OWN A PUBLIC FOOD
Should a private party be allowed to own a public food?


Consider an item of patented food, like the strawberry:  You can touch it, smell it, and eat it, but you may not own it because it contains the intellectual property of someone else.

For even more enjoyment, consider the “Vegas Strip Steak.”

In 2012, the American Bar Association magazine reported the filing of a patent by Oklahoma State University on the method by which a “Vegas Strip Steak” cut of beef might be extracted from a carcas.  This method was apparently unknown by milleniums of butchers until discovered by an OSU meat specialist.

If the patent for the “Vegas Strip Steak” is granted, anyone who wishes to extract the cut from a carcass would be required to get a license from the patent holder– OSU.  In simple terms, obtaining a “Vegas Strip Steak” patent would give OSU control over the cut of meat in every beef cow on the planet.  Were your neighbor to butcher his cow and offer you a “Vegas Strip Steak” for your having aided in the endeavor, the two of you would then become common thieves.

This brief consideration of food as intellectual property leads us to ask: How does an item of natural food become the intellectual property of a private party?  How does the private party maintain control of this intellectual property; and…

 
Should a private party be allowed to own a public food?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- September 14th 2013- Eat, Drink, Vote! - Guest: Professor Marion Nestle

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Urban Farming Agriculture
    Food Chain Radio Host Michael Olson
       #936 •  September 14, 2013  •  Sat 9AM Pacific
Guests:  Professor Marion Nestle

 
EAT, DRINK, VOTE!
For whom should we vote to lead us to good eating?
Fortunately, this is an off year, which means there are no major elections to distract us from considering the politics of food.

(Of course, we could discuss the politics of food in an election year, but then our considerations would be hardened by you being on one side of the fence, me on the other, and the both of us would be throwing apples across the fence at each other!)

So here we are, with no apples in hand, nor any political fence to divide us, to calmly discuss how to vote for someone, or something, to lead us to the eating of good food.

Given the number of diets we engage in, the number of times we engage in those diets, and the fact that we keep getting bigger and bigger, and requiring more and more medical care, its plain to see we need someone to lead the way.  Should we vote for Democrats?  Should we vote for Republicans? Or, should we vote for something else?

 
For whom should we vote to lead us to good food?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- September 07th 2013-Guest: Joann S. Grohman, Author of "Keeping a Family Cow"

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            Urban Farming Agriculture
              Food Chain Radio Host Michael Olson
                        #935 •  September 7, 2013  •  Sat 9AM Pacific

                         Guests:  Joann S. Grohman, Author of Keeping a Family Cow
HAVE A (GREEN) COW!
Have you ever tasted raw milk?
“Don’t have a cow!”

Some complain that cows cause global warming by passing too much gas, and demand they be eliminated from the human food chain. Before we herd cows out the door, however, perhaps we should consider this: The family cow can be the perfect one-stop food factory.

Through the wild fermentation of the rumen, a cow can turn the grass upon which we would starve, into a high-protein food more perfect than any food we could buy in any supermarket.  And we need not chop down any forest, divert any grain, nor fight any wars to get food from a family cow.

When the cow has aged, and no longer produces milk, we can process her into meat and fill the family’s freezer.

Bottom line:  No food comes more complete, at less cost, then the fresh, whole milk we can get from the family cow.  And though her milk may be white, the family cow can be very green!

 
Do you think cows be green?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- August 31st 2013- BUGGING OUT! Why don’t you and I eat bugs? Guest: David George Gordon, Author of Eat-A-Bug

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- July 20th 2013- The Erosion of Civilization- Guest: Professor David Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

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THE EROSION OF CIVILIZATION


Food Chain Radio Show Host Michael Olson #928• July 22, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific

Professor David Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations


Why is civilization losing its soil?


“A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

Soil is like money in the bank.  We can spend our soil as we please, but only to the extent the soil we spend is replaced.  If we spend all the soil without replacing it, we will bankrupt our civilization.
The elemental economy of soil is etched into the history of civilizations come and gone, from the Golden Triangle of Mesopotamia to the hillsides of classical Greece, from the terrapretta of the Amazon basin to the alluvial plain of the Nile Delta.  Where soil is rich, civilization is florescent; where soil is spent, civilization is senescent.

In terms of arable soil, the United States is the richest land on earth. Thus, in a very short period of time, its people blossomed into one of the earth’s wealthiest civilizations.  But in fact, the U.S. is spending soil faster than it is being replaced.  Though this loss is hard for you and I to see on a daily basis, it is being pointed to with concern by geomorphologist Professor David Montgomery, who leads us to ask…

Why is civilization losing its soil?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- July 13th 2013- The Vanishing of Our Bees- Bee Colony Collapse- Guests: Chensheng Lu, Associate Professor Environmental Health, Harvard University and David Hackenburg Sr, Beekeeper, Hackenburg Apiarie

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THE VANISHING OF OUR BEES-   BEE COLONY COLLAPSE


Food Chain Radio Show Host Michael Olson

Chensheng Lu, Ass Professor Environmental Health, Harvard Univ.

David Hackenburg Sr, Beekeeper, Hackenburg Apiaries

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Who, or what, is causing our bees to vanish?

Who, or what, is causing our bees to vanish?

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This right out of science fiction: You wake up one morning to discover that every single person in Chicago has simply disappeared without a trace, leaving their breakfast on the kitchen table!  Poof!  Gone!

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Then everyone in Denver, Tuscon, and Charlotte disappear, leaving nothing behind to say why they left, or where they have gone.

Hard to believe something like that could happen, but it is happening to our bee colonies.  One day the bees simply disappear, leaving their eggs and food behind.  Poof!  Gone!

What makes the collapsing of our bee colonies especially interesting is the fact that bees are responsible for one-third of the food we eat.  If bees disappear – and bees are disappearing  – then our supply of food will diminish, and its costs will increase.

So who, or what, is causing our bees to vanish?

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Some say the causes are natural, and include global warming, trachial mites, and malnutrition.  “Its just nature,” they say.
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So who, or what, is causing our bees to vanish?

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Others say the causes are man-made, and point the finger at neonicotinoids (“new nicotine pesticide”) like acetamiprid, clothianidin and imidacloprid.

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The “neonics,” as they are called, are extremely efficient killers of invertebrate insect pests, and consequently are now used to coat most of the seeds planted in commercial corn and soybean crops.  Though not considered pests, bees are invertebrate insects and vulnerable to neonics.  “It’s people,” they say.

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Thus we have a difference of opinion on an issue of major significance to our food chain…

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Who, or what, is causing our bees to vanish?

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