Saturday Food Chain
Every Saturday morning, from 9 to 10 a.m, join KSCO's Michael Olson for a discussion on local farm and agriculture issues.
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.
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.
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.
Solutions for the Labor Shortage
In a follow-up to last week's show, Michael Olson continues to address the labor shortage that is causing some of our crops to go unpicked. What are some of the solutions to this problem that would have been unheard of just a few years ago.
Where are all the farmworkers?
With 30 million Americans out of work and millions more underemployed, farmers are still having a hard time finding the help needed to keep a farm profitable. Michael Olson's guest for this week is Dr. Ann Lopez, Executive Director of The Center for Farmworker Families. www.farmworkerfamily.com
GMO's and Monsanto Woes
Michael Olson invites Professor Emeritus of Perdue University Dr. Don Huber. They discuss concerns over the possibility of a newly discovered pathogen that could be causing spontaneous abortion rates of 20-45% in animal that feed on genetically engineered crops. Some believe that this new pathogen is a direct result of Glysophate, a herbicide developed and sold by the Monsanto corporation .If this is true, what will the Monsanto bug do to us?