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Why isn't food raised the way it used to be?

Food Bullying Podcast

Release Date: 08/31/2020

Stress, choices, and farewell: Episode 78 show art Stress, choices, and farewell: Episode 78

Food Bullying Podcast

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed?  Michele and Eliz talk ranging conversation about stress, uncertainty, and choice in 2021. Eliz shares tips from her new "Stress-Proof Your Life" book to tell your body it is time to let go of the stress hormone cortisol, identify what is in your stress environment and make sometimes difficult choices to rearrange your stress environment to support what is most important. They also discuss the hard choice to wrap up the Food Bullying Podcast to focus on other projects.

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Chemicals and doctors and food, oh my! Episode 77 show art Chemicals and doctors and food, oh my! Episode 77

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Did you know soldiers used to carry flowers into battle to keep them healthy? Dr. Liza Dunn joins Michele and Eliz for a fascinating conversation about pesticides, nutrition, herbicides, and why doctors need to stay in their lane. This mom is also an emergency physician and a medical toxicologist who has done relief work in Haiti and Kenya. Her work there opened her eyes to the importance of food security and vector control for public health.

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Nutrition science is a puzzle: Episode 76 show art Nutrition science is a puzzle: Episode 76

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Can we trust the information we hear about nutrition? Why does nutritional advice change? Does it have to be this confusing?  Michele and Eliz are joined by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Elieke Kearns for a lively discussion about the science of nutrition and why you shouldn’t believe everything you read on Facebook, but you should trust science.

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Good Soil Is Like Chocolate Cake: Episode 75 show art Good Soil Is Like Chocolate Cake: Episode 75

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Sustainable farming is a hot topic - but was does sustainable even mean? In this episode Michele and Eliz welcome regenerative farmer Steve Tucker to discuss why he changed the way he farms and why great soil is like chocolate cake. He farms in southwest Nebraska with his wife and three kids on their diversified regenerative farm. Steve's innovation has been important as the farm has moved from a wheat/summer fallow rotation to 14 different crops and several different ag enterprises.

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Picking out ice cream, sensationalized science, & misinformation: Episode 74 show art Picking out ice cream, sensationalized science, & misinformation: Episode 74

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Has an increase of leisure time during the pandemic made us more distrustful of science? Can we pick and choose what science we believe like we do flavors of ice cream? Michele and Eliz are joined by two scientists, Dr. Meghan Wulster- Radcliffe and Dr. Stuart Smyth to discuss science, misinformation and odd flavored ice cream.

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Animal welfare, veal, and filtered milk - ask a vet! Episode 73 show art Animal welfare, veal, and filtered milk - ask a vet! Episode 73

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A wide-ranging conversation with a veterinarian about how farmers care for their animals, the challenges of being a vet, why you can eat veal without guilt, and the story of Fairlife Milk. Dr. Marissa Hake is a veterinarian who specializes in communicating about how our food is raised. Marissa’s background has been in calf health and welfare but recently has transitioned into a new position as the Director of Animal Welfare and Sustainable Farming for Fairlife.

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Pharmacist talks food, drugs, & rural mental health: Episode 72 show art Pharmacist talks food, drugs, & rural mental health: Episode 72

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Do you know your pharmacist?  Does he or she know you?  If not, you may be missing out on a key player in your health care.  In this episode, Michele and Eliz chat with pharmacist Jason Medows about the role he plays in his rural community and why mental health resources should be treated as first aid. Jason Medows is a pharmacist and rancher from Cuba, Missouri. He lives on a family farm with my wife Keri and their 4 sons.

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Can food really boost your immunity? Episode 71 show art Can food really boost your immunity? Episode 71

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leslie Bonci is back as a three-peat guest with the truth about immunity-boosting foods, why your gut  health is essential, and, of course - lots of laughs with Michele and Eliz! She talks about food bullying around COVID-19 and immune boosting claims.

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Food is sacred: how farmers help the hungry - Episode 70 show art Food is sacred: how farmers help the hungry - Episode 70

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What happens when the market for farm products disappears and there are hungry people in the community?  In Utah it led to farmers delivering food to Navajo families, including lamb - a sacred food.  Ron Gibson shares the heart-warming story the remarkable effort to inspire all Utah families to connect, succeed, and grow through the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation during COVID-19.

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Food is sacred: how farmers help the hungry show art Food is sacred: how farmers help the hungry

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What happens when the market for farm products disappears and there are hungry people in the community?  In Utah it led to farmers delivering food to Navajo families, including lamb - a sacred food.  Ron Gibson shares the heart-warming story the remarkable effort to inspire all Utah families to connect, succeed, and grow through the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation during COVID-19.

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Social media memes and marketing messages often ring nostalgic for how things used to be on the farm. But were the “good old days” really better?  In this episode we chat with fruit and vegetable expert Gene McAvoy about how farming used to work (and how it still works in some parts of the world) and how research has made farming better. 

Gene McAvoy is currently the Associate Director for Stakeholder Relations at the University of Florida Southwest Florida Research and Education Center and previously served with UF IFAS Extension as regional specialized vegetable extension agent in SW Florida for 23 years. He has over 50 years experience in vegetable production in NJ, West Africa, South Africa and the Caribbean and most recently Florida. He is currently president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Key points:

What does an agricultural agent do?

Agricultural or extension agents act as go betweens bringing research information from land grant universities to the people who need it. 

How has agriculture changed?

In the past farmers were barely feeding themselves - sustenance farming.  Today a single farm supports 250 people.  Florida grows food for 150 million people. ,

How has COVID19 impacted Florida agriculture?

A single town in Florida produces 16 million pounds of produce per week during harvest. During the early months of COVID Florida had to destroy 60 million pounds of produce per week.

As much food as possible was donated to charity, but difficulties in transportation and produce that perishes quickly made it challenging.

Crops had to be destroyed instead of harvested to keep them from becoming a breeding ground for pests.

It costs $16,000 per acre to bring a crop to market.  Florida experienced a 1/2 billion dollar loss in 6 weeks in Spring 2020.

Florida agriculture is starting to recover. 

How has traveling the world influenced your view of farming?

In places like the Caribbean it is expensive to import food.  Growing food locally for residents and tourists increases income for the farmers and decreases expenses for local governments.

In Africa a simple school garden can prevent children from going blind by supplying food rich in vitamin A.  Teaching simple practices impacts an entire community. 

Three tips to overcome Food Bullying:

  1. Educate yourself.  Not everything on Facebook is true.
  2. Any fruit or vegetable is better than none. Produce is good for agriculture and good for you.
  3.   Don’t buy into claims that pit one type of agriculture against another.

Links:

Gene McAvoy website: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gene.mcavoy or https://www.facebook.com/South-Florida-Vegetable-Grower-149291468443385/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWFLVegMan

Food Bullying with Michele Payn: http://foodbullying.com

Embrace Your Heart with Eliz Greene: http://www.embraceyourheart.com/

Food Bullying Podcast’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/foodbullyingpodcast