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Every Saturday morning, from 9 to 10 a.m, join KSCO's Michael Olson for a discussion on local farm and agriculture issues.

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Journalist

Michael Olson produced, wrote and/or photographed feature-length news for a variety of media, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner newspapers, Skiing and Small Space Gardening magazines,NBC, ABC, Australian Broadcast Commission, and KQED Public Television networks. His production and photography helped win a National Emmy nomination for NBC Magazine with David Brinkley. Olson is the author of MetroFarm, the Ben Franklin Book of the Year Finalist and Executive Producer and Host of the syndicated Saturday Food Chain radiotalk show, which received the Ag/News Show of the Year Award from the California Legislature. He recently authored Tales from a Tin Can, which is the oral-history of a World War II US Navy destroyer that earned a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

Business Person

Olson designed, blended and packaged a fertilizer for container-grown house and garden plants; certified and registered the product as a “specialty fertilizer” with the State of California; and sold the product to the national lawn and garden market. Olson has over two decades of broadcast media management and, as General Manager of newstalk radio stations KSCO & KOMY in Santa Cruz, California, has helped hundreds of locally-owned businesses compete against national chains. Olson is currently a partner in the MO MultiMedia Group of Santa Cruz, California.

The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- April 13th 2013- Growing Your Own- Guest: Dave DeWitt, Author, Growing Medical Marijuana

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Food Chain Weekly News Topic
GROWING OUR OWN
Food Chain Radio Show #915
April 13, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific


Michael Olson hosts Dave DeWitt, Author, Growing Medical Marijuana http://eatmoreheat.com/2013/02/growing-medical-marijuana-dave-dewitt-live/


Listen to Herodotus talk about the Scythians in 500 BC, as they gather around the campfire, throw marijuana seeds on the fire, and then…
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“sit around in a circle; and by inhaling the fruit that has been thrown on, they become intoxicated by the odor, just as the Greeks do by wine; and the more fruit is thrown on, the more intoxicated they become, until they rise up and dance and betake themselves to singing.”

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For as long as we can look back, which is around 10,000 years, we can see that people have used cannabis as a means to soothe their way through life.

Of course, people also used cannabis to make clothes for their bodies, paper for their books, sails for their ships, oil for their cooking, and rope to hold themselves together, to name but a few.  Because it was so useful, cannabis became a principal crop of mankind, with tens of thousands of acres being grown around the world.  Cannabis was so plentiful, in fact, one could harvest hundreds of pounds free from the roadside ditches of America’s heartland.


However, in the 1930’s the soothing properties of cannabis came to the attention of powers-that-be, and they threw the cloak of prohibition over cannabis.  This prohibition, ironically, ended the cultivation of cannabis for all purposes but that for which it was prohibited, and thus increased its value to thousands of dollars per pound.


Today, the soothing properties of cannabis are claimed to be medicinal, and people now demand from the powers-that-be the right to grow and consume their own medicine.  Their demand leads us to ask…
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Should we be allowed to grow our own medicine?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- April 06th 2013- It Takes a Garden! Guest: Eric Toensmeier, Author, Paradise Lot

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 30th 2013- Don't Feed the Bears

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Food Chain Weekly News Topic
DON’T FEED THE BEARS
Food Chain Radio Show #913
March 30, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific

Michael Olson hosts Kevin Sanders, Yellowstone Outdoor Adventures

http://www.yellowstone-bearman.com/
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Should civilized people feed wild life?

“Dad!  Why does the sign say, ‘Don’t feed the bears!”
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“Because, son, Yellowstone Park does not want us to feed bears.”

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“But Dad, the bears are hungry, and we have extra food.  It doesn’t seem fair!”

Living in rural Yachats, Oregon, Karen Noyes did not have to abide by the rules of Yellowstone Park, and liked feeding the wild bears, and so fed them.  And when she did, more bears came to be fed.  Soon Karen Noyes had a yard full of bears to be fed, with more coming all the time.
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It did not take long before things got out of Karen Noyes’ hands.  One of her bear friends stormed a neighbor’s turkey farm and killed 60 of its resident turkeys.  Another bear friend took a liking to the neighbor lady and got stuck trying to sneak in through the lady’s dog door for visit.  And so on …
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Consequent to all the bearishness going on in the neighborhood, poor Karen Noyes was arrested and convicted for “Harassing Wildlife.”  She was then sentenced to three years of probation, which included an order not to go near her rural home.

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Yellowstone Park has a long and storied history of wild bears and civilized people.  When civilized people see the wild bears’ pleading looks of “feed me, feed me,” they often want to feed the wild bears.  When they do, the wild bears often undergo a personality change, and the pleading looks become demanding looks that say, “FEED ME!  FEED ME!”

 

 


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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 23rd 2013- Government-Safe Food

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FOOD CHAIN NEWS TOPIC
GOVERNMENT-SAFE FOOD
Food Chain Radio Show #913 • March 23, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific

*********Michael Olson hosts Judith McGeary,

Executive Director Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
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What kind of farm will be able to grow government safe food?



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Industrial production of peanuts, cantaloupes, hamburger and spinach reigned havoc on the nation’s food chain, sickening many and killing some.
In keeping with their stated policy of “never letting a serious crisis go to waste,” politicians flew into action, and in the waning hours of 2010, passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which granted to government total and absolute control over the nations’s food chain.

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Former Monsanto Executive Michael Taylor,  now government’s Food Safety Czar, recently handed down 1,200 pages of new food safety rules. These rules are scheduled to go into effect in a few weeks.

Few have read all the 1,200 pages, and most seem resigned to follow a former Speaker of the House, who would likely say, “Let’s enforce all the rules so we can know what they are!”
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Some, however, would like to have time to read all the new rules before accepting them.  Their asking for time to read all the rules leads us to ask…
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For whom is government making food safe?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 16th 2013- There is a Garden in the Mind

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FOOD CHAIN NEWS TOPIC
THERE IS A GARDEN IN THE MIND
Food Chain Radio Show #912 • March 16, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific


Michael Olson hosts Dr. Paul Lee, Author
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As a student of Chinese language and literature, I had to spend many hours inside the language lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz.   When finished with the day’s studies, I would stumble outside into the brilliant sunshine to watch a full-scale revolution in action.
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Adjacent to the lab, on a parcel of steep, shrub-covered hillside, students from around the nation were dropping their studies in engineering, chemistry, and physics to dig in the dirt of a French-Intensive / Biodynamic garden under the tutelage of an actor from England by the name of Alan Chadwick.

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This garden, which was always filled with youthful exuberance, was somewhat of an enigma to me.  Having grown up with the chores of farming and ranching, which included hour upon hour of hoeing weeds under a hot Montana sun, I could not quite see what all the excitement was about, nor why anyone would drop their studies to dig in the dirt.  ‘What am I missing here?’ I often asked myself.
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(I was not the only one with the question.  When those students called home to tell mom and dad they were dropping their studies in chemistry to become a gardener, the phone began ringing off the hook in the Chancellor’s office!)
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What I was missing was a revolution in thinking about gardening, about food, and about how we go about living on planet Earth.  There is a Garden in the Mind, and it leads us to ask…
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Why organic?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 09th 2013- Devining by Dowsing, Do you believe dowsing can find water?

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DIVINING BY DOWSING
Food Chain Radio Show #781 • March 9, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific

Michael Olson hosts Dowsers Steven Herbert and Sue Trumpfheller

What else might be devined by dowsing?
Do you believe dowsing can find water?


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A few years back, I watched as a friend contracted for a water well to be drilled on his newly purchased parcel of mountain ridgetop!
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Other landholders on this ridgetop had not faired well in their drilling of water wells, and consequently most of the neighborhood’s wells produced mere trickles of water.

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The well-driller, a grizzled veteran of decades of drillings, said, “I won’t drill on this property without a dowser!”  And so the recommended dowser was contracted to “witch a well.”
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The dowser, an equally grizzled veteran of decades of dowsing, cruised the property behind a well-used forked willow branch, occasionally stopping here and there at the dipping of the forked willow.  Finally, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “Right here!  You will find 30 gallons per minute at 365 feet.”
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And that is, within a foot or two, where the well-driller found 30 gallons per minute on the bone dry ridgetop.
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Having seen this dowsing, and the proving up of its call, one simply must ask…
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What other answers might be divined by dowsing?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 02nd 2013- Ubiquitous Soy & Precocious Puberty

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Ubiquitous Soy & Precocious Puberty

Food Chain Radio Show #911 • March 2, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific

*********Michael Olson hosts: Nancy Chapman, Executive Director, Soyfoods Association of North *********America & Pharmacist Ben Fuchs, Host, Bright Side Radio Show

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Could ubiquitous soy cause precocious puberty?

 

 

A challenge:  Go out into the world and find a loaf of bread that does not contain some form of soy.  Good luck!

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Soy is in the hamburger, in the hamburger bun, and in the milkshake.  In fact, soy is in many, if not most, of the processed foods we eat, including:

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  • Baked Goods:  breads, cookies, crackers, etc.

  • Breakfast cereals:  hot cereal mixes and protein bars

  • Pasta:  including U.S. National School lunch pastas

  • Beverages & Toppings:  coffee whiteners, whipped toppings, protein drinks

  • Meat, Poultry, Fish:  products processed from whole parts

  • Dairy:  imitation milks, cheeses, frozen yogurts, milk blends

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And of course, soy is in the baby formula.

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We now feed our children soy in many of their foods from the day they are born until the day they go out into the world on their own.

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Wait!  There is another thing to consider about our children:  They are becoming sexually mature at a much younger age.  In the 19th century, girls began menstruating at the average age of 15.  Today girls begin at the average age of 12.  Boys also are maturing years earlier, with some groups developing at the age of nine!

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The ubiquity of soy in our children’s foods, and the precocious puberty of our children, lead us to ask…

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Could ubiquitous soy cause precocious puberty?

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Saturday Food Chain September 08th 2012

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Can Animals in Agriculture be Treated Humanely?

Michael Olson talks with Matt Rice, Director of Investigations for "Mercy for Animals".  They discuss, along with callers, whether or not animals can be treated humanely  in a food market as large as that of the United States.

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