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
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.
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?
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.
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MAN OR BEAST?
Which is most cruel: man or beast?
Guest: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil
We sit transfixed as right there on one of television’s nature channels a pride of lions ambushes a zebra, kills it, and eats it. Switching channels, we find ourselves shivering in terror as Shark Week fills the screen with giant great whites turning the blue water red in feeding frenzies.
Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Jeffrey Masson, Author of Beasts
‘Wow,’ we think, ‘those animals are really cruel! But they do have to eat.’
Then we switch to the evening news and watch as people blow each other up with bombs filled with nails.
‘Wow,’ we think, ‘those people are really cruel! I wonder why?’
The televised carnage we watch leads us to ask: What is the nature of animals in the wild? How does the nature of animals in the wild compare with that of people in civilization? And…
Which is most cruel: man or beast?
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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…
“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.”
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…
Should we be allowed to grow our own medicine?