Sound Bites: Episode 104 – National Implications of Cove Point | State Of The Bay | Will Allen’s Growing Power

Allen, a former professional basketball player, is the CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization that works to help provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. He is also the co-author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.

Will Allen, a former professional basketball player, is the CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization that works to help provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. He is also the co-author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.

We begin the latest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion on Cove Point and climate change, with Mark Hertsgaard, Fellow for the New America Foundation and author of, most recently, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

Next we look at the state of Chesapeake Bay Restoration, with Gerald Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988.

We close out Sound Bites with a special segment on urban farming with urban farming icon Will Allen. Allen, a former professional basketball player, is the CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization that works to help provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. He is also the co-author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.

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Sound Bites: Episode 103 – Organic Agriculture | Valleys Of Baltimore County | Gerald Winegrad on the Bay

This week, we talk with Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1954 and dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

This week, we talk with Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1954 and dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

We start with Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1954 and dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Then we turn to beautiful northern Baltimore County, a land of fertile valleys, where visionaries in the 1960s decided that they were not going to allow development to overtake this pastoral paradise of rolling landscapes. The Plan for the Valleys was one of the first land planning documents to use ecology as the central theme. We talk with filmmaker Allen Moore about his stunning film, Designing with Nature: The Plan for the Valleys, which documents the fascinating history of how a few dedicated and committed people created the Valleys Planning Council and were able to save and preserve the Valleys. You will have the opportunity to watchDesigning with Nature next week on Maryland Public Television.

We close out the show with former Maryland State Senator and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy Gerald Winegrad, on Chesapeake Bay restoration.

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Sound Bites: Episode 102 – Dr. George Washington Carver’s Legacy

George Washington Carver

This week we talk about the life and legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver, exploring what he is seldom remembered for.

We discuss the life and legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver, in a special edition of Sound Bites! Our guests  are: Mark Hersey, author of My Work Is That Of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver; Denzel Mitchell, founder and Farm Manager of Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; and Tonya Bolden, author of the children’s book George Washington Carver.

This segment broadcast as part of WEAA 88.9FM’s Spring Membership Drive.

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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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