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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- March 22nd 2014- Can farming return the nutrients missing from food? Guest: Daphne Miller, M.D., author of The Jungle Effect and Farmacology

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Food Chain Radio Michael Olson
Urban Farming Agriculturalist
The Lost Food
Can farming return the nutrients missing from food?

Guest: Daphne Miller, M.D., author of The Jungle Effect and Farmacology

Following in the footsteps of Weston A. Price, physician Daphne Miller went looking for healthy people. Like Price, she found them in primitive cultures.

Among the elements that gave primitive people healthy bodies, and long lives, was the primitive foods they consumed. What made the difference was what was in primitive foods but not in civilized foods, and what was not in primitive foods but in civilized foods.
Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Daphne Miller, M.D., author of The Jungle Effect and Farmacology

What both Price and Miller discovered was that primitive foods, though certainly not as pretty or as big as civilized foods, contained a higher concentration of essential nutrients. Thus primitive people could eat less food and yet get more essential nutrition.

What was not in the primitive foods, but in the civilized foods, were the additives that gave civilized foods taste and shelf life, including processed sugars, partially-hydrogenated oils, chemical preservatives, and so on.

Considering the consequences of eating foods in which essential nutrients have gone missing, and in which synthetic elements have been added, both Price and Miller concluded that eating civilized foods can lead to sickeness and disease.

This observation leads us to ask…
Can farming return the nutrients that went missing from our food?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 15th 2014- Should government count the vote to decertify the UFW? Guest: Silvia Lopez, Farm Worker, Gerawan Farms

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Decertifying the UFW
Should government count the vote to decertify the UFW?
Guest: Silvia Lopez, Farm Worker, Gerawan Farms

The great state of California is now a one-party state controlled, for the most, by its labor unions.

Though not among the most powerful of unions in terms of the amount of money it contributes to government, the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) is certainly among the state’s more popular for its advocacy of those who harvest the nation’s food.
Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Silvia Lopez, Farm Worker: Should government count the vote to decertify the UFW?

Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Silvia Lopez, Farm Worker: Should government count the vote to decertify the UFW?

Formed in a grape-worker strike in the mid-1960’s that blossomed into a nation-wide grape boycott, the UFW has come to represent a consensus that those who work the fields and harvest our food should be treated and paid fairly.

Thus, it likely comes as a surprise for those of us in the city who eat the foods harvested by farmworkers, to learn they have voted to decertify the UFW.

It certainly must have surprised other unions to hear of this threat to the UFW, which may well explain why California’s Agriculture Labor Relations Board has refused to count the farmworkers decertification vote. The ALRB’s refusal to count the votes leads us to ask…
Should government count the vote to decertify the UFW?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson - March 08th 2014 - Guest: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil

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Urban Farming Agriculturalist
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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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- March 01st 2014- To Catch a Thief: Can the Stealing be Stopped?- Guest: Sheriff’s Sargeant Michael Chapman, Fresno County Ag Task Force

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   Food Chain Radio Michael Olson
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TO CATCH THE THIEVES
Can the stealing be stopped?

Guest:  Sheriff’s Sargeant Michael Chapman, Fresno County Ag Task Force

Imagine all the gold in Fort Knox sitting unguarded out in the open for all who pass by to see.

That pile of Fort Knox gold would pale in significance if compared to the bounty of agriculture, which is in fact sitting unguarded out in the open for all to see, and for some to simply take.
STOP AG THEFT – Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Sheriff’s Sargent Michael Chapman, Fresno County Ag Theft Task Force

STOP AG THEFT – Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Sheriff’s Sargent Michael Chapman, Fresno County Ag Theft Task Force

The soaring value of agricultural commodities, and infrastructure, is spawning an invading army of thieves throughout agriculture’s fields of plenty, from the fumbling drug addicts who strip copper wire from well pumps to the calculating teams of truckers who drive off with a quarter million dollar loads of nuts. 

Those who farm must fend off this invading army of thieves, or lose control of their farms and our food.  This fight over the bounty of agriculture leads us to ask…
Can the stealing be stopped?

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The Saturday Food Chain with Michael Olson- February 22nd 2014- KNEADING SOME DOUGH- Which is most important: food safety or food sovereignty? Guest: Mark Stambler, Pagnol Boulanger

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     Urban Farming Agriculturalist
KNEADING SOME DOUGH
Which is most important: food safety or food sovereignty?
Guest:  Mark Stambler, Pagnol Boulanger

Knead water, salt, yeast and flour together and what do you get?  The food safety police.
At least, that was what Mark Stambler got when the homemade breads baked in his backyard wood-fired oven became famous throughout Los Angeles County.
For decades, Stambler’s bread baking was a hobby that won him blue ribbons at the Los Angeles County Fair and the California State Fair.  Then he decided to take the leap from avocation to vocation, and so began selling his breads at select retail locations. 
Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Mark Stambler, Pagnol BoulangerStambler's Bread
Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Mark Stambler, Pagnol BoulangerStambler’s Bread
Word of Stambler’s breads spread from hungry mouth to hungry mouth, and in 2011 the LA Times featured the breads in a full page article.  Stambler’s fame, however, was short lived, as the very next day the food safety police showed up to shut him down.  Stambler the baker then became Stambler the cottage food activist.
With the help of a friendly politician and a lot of fight, Stambler championed a “California Homemade Food Act,” which was passed into law.  In January of 2013, eighteen months after being shut down by the food safety police, Stambler became the first person in Los Angeles County to sell homemade food legally.

Stambler’s fight for the right to sell homemade foods leads us to ask…
Which is more important:  food safety or food sovereignty?

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