We all have ideas about what food is and what it should be. But getting the full picture is hard. We go inside those conversations to discuss issues with growing it, marketing it and thinking about it - so you have as a wide a perspective as possible when eating it.
Michael Barrett may have wanted to stand in front of a classroom, but instead he is standing in front of Canada's dairy industry. The President & CEO of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative has had the job for 5 years, leading the company through the biggest partnerships, investments and purchases the company has ever seen. From a household name in Ontario, to adding in goat milk, members in another province and stretching into Alberta, Barrett is betting that a coast to coast company will fare far better than a small, regional player.
We talk leadership & education, how to compete against much bigger players, and why a dairy company would enter the non-dairy category with coconut.
You can find Barrett on Twitter: https://twitter.com/59Studebaker
You can record & submit your ideas and feedback to: https://anchor.fm/foodbubble/message
When it comes to beef, burgers and steaks are usually top of mind in North America. Maybe a pot roast or prime rib dinner. But that is far from all that a beef animal produces. There's lots of less popular cuts like tendons and belly, that have usually been sold internationally - but are now growing more popular here at home. Why is cow stomach and bone marrow demand growing? We find out from:
Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence's Duane Ellard & Mathieu Pare https://canadabeef.ca/centre-of-excellence/
When we think about robots, most may think about their Roomba or something along the line of a car factory. But robots are also finding their way onto farms. In this episode, we find out how robots have been milking cows in Canada for over 20 years, and how another Canadian company hopes their robot revolutionizes how grain is grown.
In this epsiode:
Tony Brazda, Lely Canada: https://www.lely.com/ca/en/
Norbert Beaujot, DOT: https://seedotrun.com/
Leah Olson, DOT: https://twitter.com/olsonleah
A video on how dairy robots operate on a farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_GLQADA0G4&t=
A video on how DOT operates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQUZjldryZ8
If you look at what Google thinks a farmer is, you'll find plaid and men.
If you look at the statistics of an actual farm, you'll find that over a quarter of today's farmers are women.
Are there any unique challenges being a woman in agriculture? Is there anything more than proving yourself with hard work and determination?
We find out from:
Sandi Brock (https://www.youtube.com/sandibrock)
Amanda den Haan
Things that many of us take for granted here in Canada are real-life struggles for millions in other parts of the world. Having enough food to eat, having a place to sell a product, having a safe place to sleep or wondering about the safety of your next meal. There are many projects that Canadians undertake globally to help those in need, but we wanted to focus on three of them that were helping farmers and helping feed & build up communities with some great success.
In this episode,
Stewart Skinner: https://twitter.com/modernfarmer
Donations for his project can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/mwaita-coop-poultry-project
Tim Lambert: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-lambert-82610550/?originalSubdomain=ca
Donations for their project can be made at: https://www.heartforafrica.ca/project-canaan-egg-project/
Deb Stark: https://twitter.com/debstark1
It's probably happened to you too. Thinking of what to have at a restaurant, wondering if you'd better have one thing over another because of what the other person might think of you. The same can be said for what you might get at the grocery store or put in your child's lunch. So we wanted to dig into whether that judgement was real or more our imagination. While trying to find it, we found a much bigger conversation. One that involves culture and morality, about guilt and grief, and about something that millions fight with every day.
In this episode:
Casey Berglund: https://www.worthyandwell.com/
Lisa Melo: https://lisamelo.com/
I haven't found anyone that stocks their pantry with it yet, but cricket powder is now for sale at grocers as part of a growing trend to eat insects. Ants, grasshoppers or crickets, whole or ground, it's seen as a new way to get protein. We find out from an organizer of the event BugFeast as well as the CEO of a cricket farm just where this business is going and how long before we all think insects are a great afternoon snack.
In this episode:
Andalyne Tosslemire, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (https://www.cambridgebutterfly.com/)
Jarrod Goldin, Entomo Farms (http://entomofarms.com/)
We've all been there. Unsure of a food item or ingredient, wondering if it is something we should eat or should feed our kids. But where does that fear comes from. For Julie Gunlock, it came out of protecting her newborn son. It also meant worrying everything from window cleaners to vaccinations. But she learned how to fear less once she started to see the real story. What was that real story? And what are other people worried about from Crystal Mackay.
Julie Gunlock: https://www.iwf.org/about/julie-gunlock
Crystal Mackay: https://twitter.com/CrystalMackay32
This week's podcast really looks at two angles. Why would a farm hire foreign workers & why would someone from the Caribbean travel to Canada for months at a time to do that work? It's all part of Canada's fruit and vegetable system, a system that requires hand labour for everything from picking apples to snipping asparagus.
This episode was produced by Jess Nicholson.
In this episode we talk to:
Beth Connery (http://www.conneryfarms.ca)
Felena Perreira, from Trinidad
If you ever compare the price between regular milk & organic milk, you are likely to find a pretty significant difference on the price tags. Why is that? Is the farmer making a pile of money? What about the processor or retailer, is the profit margin they are making that much bigger? We go through the food chain to figure it out with:
Julaine Truer - https://bcdairy.ca/dairyfarmers/articles/meet-bc-dairy-farmer-julaine-treur
Art Hill - https://experts.uoguelph.ca/arthur-hill
Kevin Grier - https://www.kevingrier.com/
Did you see the ad on the SuperBowl for Bud Light proclaiming no corn syrup? Have you ever seen a menu that says they don't use high fructose corn syrup? They are popular villains in today's food system. But, what are the differences and what does are body think about them?
We find out how the syrups are made from Dr. John White at John White Consulting & from Dr. Ruth MacDonald at Iowa State https://www.hs.iastate.edu/directory/profile.php?u=ruthmacd
When it comes to taste, we all have our favourites. Some prefer the savoury to the sweet, while others love the salty. Some seem to pull out these incredible notes from a wine while others struggle for a description other than good. Even with our kids, some will like anything while others will fight against everything. Why is that?
How our taste buds work along with our sense of smell is a fascinating discussion, but so is the idea you can get your kids to like more things if you are willing to keep pushing new foods. And you yourself can become better at describing those tastes and flavours. It's all in this episode with our guests:
Bob Holmes: http://bobholmes.org/blog/
Elie Chamoun: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326709679_The_Relationship_between_Single_Nucleotide_Polymorphisms_in_Taste_Receptor_Genes_Taste_Function_and_Dietary_Intake_in_Preschool-Aged_Children_and_Adults_in_the_Guelph_Family_Health_Study
132 hours is what the average person spends deciding what to eat. Each and every year. Whether that be standing at the fridge looking around for what you've got, or scrolling through your phone deciding where to go - eating can be full of tough decisions.
But is it tough because of all the choice we have? Is the pressure over what we should eat getting to be too much? Is it just not sure what you want to have? We tackle all of those with Mike & Dara.
For more about Mike, you can find him here:
For more about Dara & the How To Eat team:
You see it on TV, hear it on the radio and find it all over the grocery store. The word SUSTAINABLE when it comes to food is growing in popularity. The problem, is that is means different things to different people. So what does it mean to people in the food system? Does it mean environmental protection to a farmer or does it mean more than that to an environmental group? We track down the answer from 5 people, including:
- Mark, a chicken & turkey farmer in Alberta
- Ron & Trish from Co-op branded grocery stores & farm retail outlets (https://www.fcl.crs/)
- Kristine & Paul from Ducks Unlimited (https://www.ducks.ca/)
You can always ask questions by following Andrew on social media. Search FreshAirFarmer on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
For our pilot episode, we head to Nova Scotia to try to answer the question, 'How do you build up a wine industry?' After all, Nova Scotia is getting more and more accolades for their wine, when it wasn't very long ago that they were not known as any kind of wine growing region, so what has changed?
In this episode we visit with:
Comments & questions are always welcome through Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @FreshAirFarmer