Sound Bites: Episode 101 – All About Kids! | Hear the Maryland Crunch | Food Allergies | Improving School Lunches | Recipe: Oven “Fried” Chicken

Then its time for a special treat, when we talk about school lunches, with: Chef Ann Cooper, the "Renegade Lunch Lady" and Founder of the Food Family Farming Foundation, whose most recent book is Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children; and award-winning film producer, author, and holistic health counselor Amy Kalafa, who produced the documentary Two Angry Moms and is the author of Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children's Health. We close the show with a recipe for oven "fried" chicken from Chef Ann.

On Sound Bites, we talk about school lunches, with: Chef Ann Cooper, the “Renegade Lunch Lady” and Founder of the Food Family Farming Foundation, and award-winning film producer, author, and holistic health counselor Amy Kalafa, who produced the documentary Two Angry Moms.

On the latest edition of Sound Bites, we celebrate Maryland Day by learning about Hear the Maryland Crunch,an educational event designed to spread the message that every child in Maryland should have access to a healthy breakfast. The event includes a statewide, synchronized bite into apples. Our guest will be Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.

Then we look at the increase in food allergies in African American children, with Dr. Corinne Keet. Keet is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where she specializes in Allergies and Immunology and authored an article in the March issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: “Temporal trends and racial/ethnic disparity in self-reported pediatric food allergy in the United States.”

Then its time for a special treat, when we talk about school lunches, with: Chef Ann Cooper, the “Renegade Lunch Lady” and Founder of the Food Family Farming Foundation, whose most recent book is Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children; and award-winning film producer, author, and holistic health counselor Amy Kalafa, who produced the documentary Two Angry Moms and is the author of Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health. We close the show with a recipe for oven “fried” chicken from Chef Ann.

Chef Ann and Amy Kalafa will be at Washington College in Chestertown later this week. Chef Ann will deliver the Keynote Address at the 2014 Locavore Lit Fest on Friday, March 28th, and Amy will speak at Emmanuel Church on Saturday, March 29th.

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Sound Bites: Episode 100 – GMO Labeling / Environmental News / Black Liquor / Pesticides & Children’s Brain

Tommy Landers, Maryland Policy Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, comments on what just happened with "black liquor" in Maryland.

Tommy Landers, Maryland Policy Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Tim Wheeler, who writes the Baltimore Sun’s environmental blog “B’More Green,” comments on what just happened with “black liquor” in Maryland.

We start with a debate on GMO Labeling in Maryland, given a bill being considered in Annapolis that would require the labeling of genetically-modified foods. Joining us are Colin O’Neil, Director of Government Affairs for the Center for Food Safety, and Colby Ferguson, Director of Government Relations for the Maryland Farm Bureau.

Then, Tim Wheeler, Reporter for B’More Green, The Baltimore Sun’s environmental blog, joins us for an update on news coming out of the legislature and beyond — all related to food, agriculture and our environment.

We then hear a commentary from Tommy Landers, Maryland Policy Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, on what just happened with “black liquor” in Maryland.

We close this week’s Sound Bites with a conversation on pesticides and our children’s health with Susan Freinkel, Freelance Journalist and Author of Plastics: A Toxic Love Story. She wrote an article last week for The Nation, titled “Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain.”

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Sound Bites: Episode 99 – Happy Hens / Station North Food Hub / What’s Your Kitchen Literacy?

Joel Salatin, Author of Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

Joel Salatin, Author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

This week on Sound Bites, we begin with Joel Salatin, full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley at Polyface Inc., “The Farm of Many Faces,” and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

Then, we talk with Liam Flynn and Steve Marsh of Open Plough, a Baltimore-based coalition of farmers, entrepreneurs, educators, and chefs, working to build a food hub for local residents in the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore. Flynn is the owner of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Baltimore, and Marsh is a chef, brewmaster and farmer.

How good is your kitchen literacy? We close out the show with Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back.

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Sound Bites: Episode 98 – Talking Nutrition / Beginner Farmers / What’s In Your Chicken?

In this week’s Sound Bites, we begin by talking nutrition, with fitness professional and community activist Chauncey Whitehead; professional trainer and bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd; and registered dietician Angela Ginn-Meadow.

We shine a light on the Future Harvest-CASA Beginner Farmer Training Program, with current beginner farmer Aleya Fraser and former program participant Denzel Mitchell.

We close out the show with a humorous look at a not-so-funny issue: industrial poultry farming. Last month Food and Water Watch released a new video on the topic, featuring Once Upon A Time star Raphael Sbarge. Watch the video here, and tune in as Sbarge joins our discussion, along with Food and Water Watch Senior Lobbyist Tony Corbo.

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Sound Bites: Episode 97 – Food Insecurity And Seniors | “Stop Cove Point” Protest & Dominion Energy Response | Poultry Fair Share Act Dead In Maryland?

Sound Bites producer Stefanie Mavronis brings us a story about the "Stop Cove Point" rally that took place in downtown Baltimore last Thursday. Hundreds gathered at War Memorial Plaza while Dominion Energy, the energy group proposing the liquefied natural gas export facility, met about an essential permit it needs from the Maryland Public Service Commission for its $3.8 billion facility in Southern Maryland.

Sound Bites producer Stefanie Mavronis brings us a story about the “Stop Cove Point” rally that took place in downtown Baltimore last Thursday. Hundreds gathered at War Memorial Plaza while Dominion Energy, the energy group proposing the liquefied natural gas export facility, met about an essential permit it needs from the Maryland Public Service Commission for its $3.8 billion facility in Southern Maryland.

First, we talk about food security among the elderly. Our guests are: Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions; and Shelley White, Program Coordinator for Real Food Farm in Baltimore.

Then, Sound Bites producer Stefanie Mavronis brings us a story about the “Stop Cove Point” rally that took place in downtown Baltimore last Thursday. Hundreds gathered at War Memorial Plaza while Dominion Energy, the energy group proposing the liquefied natural gas export facility, met about an essential permit it needs from the Maryland Public Service Commission for its $3.8 billion facility in Southern Maryland. We hear from: Delegate Heather Mizeur, gubernatorial candidate who spoke at the rally; Jon Kenney, Southern Maryland Organizer for the Chesapeake Climate Action NetworkJeannette Berman of CCANEmily WurthFood & Water Watch‘s Water Program Director; Pennsylvania activist Elizabeth Arnold; and activist Nadine Block.

Then, we hear a response from Pam Faggert, Dominion Energy‘s Chief Environmental Officer.

We close out this week’s Sound Bites with a look at the status of the Poultry Fair Share Act in the Maryland Legislature, with: Delegate Shane Robinson, Maryland’s District 39 (Montgomery County), who was the sponsor of the House version of the Poultry Fair Share Act, which he withdrew; and Senator Richard Colburn, representing District 37 (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties).

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Sound Bites: Episode 96 – Conflicting Views On Meat And GMOs

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In a special archive edition, we bring you some of our favorite Sound Bites segments from the past month:

  • The longstanding relationship of Americans and meat, with Dr. Maureen Ogle, historian and author of In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America;
  • “The Five Biggest Meat Stories of 2013″ with Tom PhilpottMother Jones Food and Agriculture blogger; and
  • Do GMOs matter? with Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent; and Nathanael Johnson, food writer for Grist.
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Sound Bites: Episode 95 – How The New Farm Bill Impacts SNAP | California Drought and The USA | Chesapeake Bay Moving In The Right Direction?

We take a look at the Farm Bill, signed by President Obama last week, which cut $8.6 Billion out of the food stamp program, on this week's edition of Sound Bites.

We take a look at the Farm Bill, signed by President Obama last week, which cut $8.6 Billion out of the food stamp program, on this week’s edition of Sound Bites.

We take a look at the Farm Bill, signed by President Obama last week, which cut $8.6 Billion out of the food stamp program, on this week’s edition of Sound Bites. Joining us for the discussion are: Rachel Sheffield, policy analyst in the Devos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation; and Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.

Then we travel to California to examine the effect of the drought on the food system, with Andrew Freedman, climate reporter for Mashable and former Senior Science Writer for Climate Central.

We close out the show with a roundtable discussion on topics to include the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the lawsuit against the Farm Bureau, and the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Our panel of guests include: Gerald Winegrad, attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Brent Bolin, Clean Water Coalition Director at Maryland League of Conservation Voters; and Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun’s Environmental Blog.

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Sound Bites: Episode 94 – Federal Farm Bill Slated To Pass | GMO Labeling Returns To Annapolis Legislative Agenda

We discuss and debate of the latest federal Farm Bill, which is slated to pass through Congress today, on the newest installment of Sound Bites.

We discuss and debate of the latest federal Farm Bill, which is slated to pass through Congress today, on the newest installment of Sound Bites.

We discuss and debate of the latest federal Farm Bill, which is slated to pass through Congress today, on the newest installment of Sound Bites. The bill, which would more aptly be named the Food Bill, addresses many parts of our lives that might surprise you. We begin this discussion with a general overview, with: Tim Murphy, a reporter in Mother Jones’ DC bureau. Then we move to a debate on the bill, with:

Do you care whether your food contains Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs? There is currently a debate taking place in the Maryland Legislature over whether to label foods as containing GMOs. Joining us to discuss the issue on air are two members of the Maryland State Senate’s Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee: Senator J.B. Jennings, Republican who represents Maryland’s District 7 in Baltimore County and Harford County; and Senator Karen Montgomery, Democrat who represents Maryland’s District 14 in Montgomery County. Senator Montgomery will be sponsoring the bill that would require the labeling of products containing GMOs.

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Sound Bites: Episode 93 – St. Brigid | Beginnings of a Delmarva Food Hub | Do GMOs Matter? | ShorePower Project

Today on Sound Bites, we talk about creating a Delmarva Food Hub, with Cleo Braver, owner of Cottingham Farm in Easton, Maryland.

Today on Sound Bites, we talk about creating a Delmarva Food Hub, with Cleo Braver, owner of Cottingham Farm in Easton, Maryland.

We’re talking food and farming, in our newest edition of Sound Bites! February 1 is St. Brigid’s Day – did you know she is the patron saint of cattle? After a brief commentary on this curious saint, we talk about creating a Delmarva Food Hub, with Cleo Braver, owner of Cottingham Farm in Easton, Maryland.

Then, we ask the question: Do GMOs matter? You will hear from: Tom PhilpottMother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent; and Nathanael Johnson, food writer for Grist.

We close out the show with a look at a project designed to help municipalities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore significantly reduce their energy expenditures, called the ShorePower Project. Here to talk with us about this exciting new initiative is Briggs Cunningham, Energy Programs Manager at the Center For Environment & Society at Washington College.

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Sound Bites: Episode 92 – Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Victory | Marketing “Less Bad Food” To Millenials | Sustainability & The Legacy of George Washington Carver

We discuss a recent victory for workers in Florida: Walmart has joined the Fair Food Program, a grassroots movement to improve farmworkers' wages and working conditions.

We discuss a recent victory for workers in Florida: Walmart has joined the Fair Food Program, a grassroots movement to improve farmworkers’ wages and working conditions.

It’s the newest episode in our series about the food we eat, Sound Bites! We begin with Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers who has worked in the fields as an agricultural worker since he was 11;  Jon Berger, Mid-Atlantic Coordinator for the Real Food Challenge; and Cassidy Regan, member of the Campaign for Fair Food; about a recent victory for workers in Florida: Walmart has joined the Fair Food Program, a grassroots movement to improve farmworkers’ wages and working conditions.

Next we talk with Jeff Fromm, Executive Vice President at the independent ad agency Barkley and co-author of Marketing to Millennials: Reach the Largest and Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever. Fromm will talk about what it means to market “less bad” food, and how the Millennial Generation – 31 million of whom are now parents – is paying closer attention to what they eat.

We close out the show with a commemoration of the work of inventor, educator, botanist and scientist George Washington Carver, who was born 150 years ago this month. Our guests are: Shirley BaxterTuskegee Institute National Historic Site park ranger; and Dr. Mark Hersey, assistant professor of History at Mississippi State University and author of My Work Is That Of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver, which situates the agricultural and environmental work of Carver in the context of both the conservation movement of the early twentieth century and the environmental history of Alabama’s Black Belt.

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