Dr. Joshua Eisenman author of Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune is our guest on this edition of The Secret Ingredient with Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy. Join us as we explore the hidden history of communes in China.
On the latest Secret Ingredient Podcast Raj Patel and Tom Philpott talk with Michael Pollan about his new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.
Hosts Rebecca McInroy and Tom Philpott of The Secret Ingredient Podcast talk with restaurateurs Adam Orman from L'Oca d'Oro, Jodi Odim from Black Star, and Jam from Thai Fresh about why they've eliminated tipping at their restaurants, how they make it work for their businesses, and why it's an important move in terms of social justice.
"We can't even talk about decolonizing our medicine until we talk about decolonizing our food." –Rupa Marya On this edition of The Secret Ingredient hosts Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy talk with Dr. Rupa Marya. Marya teaches and practices medicine in San Francisco, she is also the lead singer with Rupa and The April Fishes. Marya's work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota during the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests gave her insights into the impact of colonialism on the health of Native Americans and disenfranchised peoples all over the country. At the center of a clinic, she established on the Standing Rock reservation, is the kitchen.
In the 1970s Monsanto unveiled a miracle herbicide–Glyphosate. The pitch: it was as safe as table salt for people, but could flatten even the peskiest weeds. Farmers and homeowners alike have used the product ever since. Now, it shows up in detectable levels in many foods, and almost every American has some in their bodies. Several new lawsuits allege that it's linked to cancer—and that Monsanto knew it all along. In this Secret Ingredient special Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy explore why scientists, farmers, and lawyers are taking on Monsanto and what it means for everyone today.
This is just a note to let you know what we're up to with the podcast. We have a three-part piece on the herbicide glyphosate coming out soon, and then we'll be back on track for the bi-monthly shows. Until then, check out The Secret Ingredient Podcast page at Facebook, and listen back to our archived shows at thesecretingredient.org. Thank you!!! Happy 2018!!
"Our enemy is apathy." –Yanis Varoufakis In 2015 today's guests were propelled onto the global stage by their efforts to take on the European banking establishment and restructure the Greek government's financial system. For 5 months they worked to negotiate alternatives to further austerity measures; trying to extend loans while moving Greece toward a more solvent state. Their efforts to confront the Eurozone and proceed democratically to carry out the wishes of the Greek people were ultimately defeated, but it was this battle lost that was the impetus of their current endeavor—to reform Europe and institute a transnational, pan-European democracy called DiEM25 –Democracy in Europe Movement. Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece, author of Adults in the Room: My Battle With the European and American Deep Establishment, and co-founder of the DiEM25 –Democracy in Europe Movement. James K. Galbraith is an eminent economist, an assistant to Mr. Varoufakis while he was the Greek finance minister, and he chronicled his time in Greece with the book Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe. They were in Austin for a conference on Democratic Reform in Europe at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.
On this edition of The Secret Ingredient hosts Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy turn the tables on Raj Patel to interview him along with Jason W. Moore about their new book, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and The Future of The Planet.
"The work we do is too important to the nation. We are the people who make it possible for every meal to exist. We feed the nation and we ask, have always asked, for the possibility to feed our own families in a dignified way without having to be in a vulnerable position all the time...Right now our community is in need and that is going to be the case for a while...but then the most important thing is not how to go back to normal necessarily, because normal for us it's poor, it's vulnerable, it's all the things that make it really scary when hurricanes hit our area." –Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers When hurricane Irma hit the Florida coast in September of 2017, one place under siege was Immokalee, FL; the center of the region's agriculture industry and home to many immigrant and migrant families, where almost 90% of the nation's tomatoes are harvested during the winter months. In this edition of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel and Tom Philpott talk with Gerardo Reyes Chavez and Julia Perkins from The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, about not only about what is needed now in the aftermath of this devastating hurricane, but also about why this population is so vulnerable, underserved, and exploited, and what they have done to transform the food industry through the Fair Food Program.
"Most of all I would like more coming to terms with what happened...I think what needs to be done is for all of my fellow citizens in this country to understand what happened and to be able to say, this is what was done and now we must think about how to make the playing field level for all of us in this country, and by some ways for all of us eventually in the world. Because we can't live by ignoring that past." –Sidney Mintz In this bonus edition of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy revisit the conversation with anthropologist Sidney Mintz about his seminal work "Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar In Modern History." The interview took place in September of 2015 and later that year on December 27th Dr. Mintz passed away. In this extended interview, Mintz not only takes us through our prehistoric relationship to sweetness–from the bloody history of slavery and sugar production to our current state of the mass production and consumption of sweetness worldwide, but he also talks about his development as an anthropologist and thinker. He discusses his time as a student of anthropology and how he was able to study in Puerto Rico, along with who was influencing his thinking at the time. He also talks about how factories developed on the sugar plantations and the way slavery developed in the New World, as well as the role this brutal past plays in current volatile racial relations in the U.S. As hurricanes continue to wreak havoc on the Caribbean and our hearts go out to all those who are suffering, we look to Mintz for wisdom and guidance in the days ahead.
"We have to do something to take us off this treadmill of ratcheting up land prices." -Suzan Erem, The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust On the latest edition of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy talk with Suzan Erem about the future of US farming. Erum is the president and co-founder of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), and author of Labor Pains: Inside America's New Union Movement. We spoke to her from the studios of Iowa Public Radio in Iowa City, Iowa.
"Strawberries is kind of the quintessence of industrial agriculture in California. It's the fifth highest value crop in the state. It also got the most heavy pesticide regime, by far, of any other crop in the state. And it kind of captures so much of the dynamics of what's going on in California."-Julie Guthman In this edition of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy talk with Dr. Julie Guthman about strawberry production, what's happening with chemicals and fumigants in the strawberry fields today, and where she sees hope in the food movement.
"Life begins with the seed germinating...we depend on seed and most of the seed is the seed we will produce, have it, save and use in the next planting season. That's what most of the farmers in Tanzania still do... It was inherited for generations and generations." –Janet Maro The seed exchange system that Maro...
James Baldwin said, "the purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers." When considering this sentiment in relationship to "nutritionism" one might look at Aya Kimura's book, Hidden Hunger: Gender and the Politics of Smarter Foods, as a work of "art" as she explores the questions that...
The Lorano Long Conference brought many great thinkers and activists to the campus of The University of Texas in February to talk about, "New Perspectives on the Contemporary Food System in Latin America." The Secret Ingredient Podcast's Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy took that opportunity to talk with Dr. Alexis Racelis from the...
"Once in a while, I thin I've had an original thought, then I look and read around and realize Joan said it first." -Michael Pollan We take for granted now that part of being healthy is eating a variety of whole foods, but not so long ago talking about food was taboo in the field...
"Building unity across divide is possible. Building something even better than we had before, out of terrible tragedy, is possible. A movement for change is never more ripe than when we are, in some cases, at our lowest moment. Because it's the moment in which we are going to demand absolute transformation, and I have every faith and hope that we will do that now."-Saru Jayaraman In this edition of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy talk with Saru Jayaraman. She is the Co-founder and Co-director of The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at The University of California, Berkeley.
Op-Ed Teaching Public Policy In A Trump Administration: James K. Galbraith
From The New Deal until the present moment the architecture of The United States formed around some basic principles of public policy; principles that will no longer apply under a Trump administration. With all the questions that are on the table when it comes to this transition, Dr. James K. Galbraith asks: "Is the study of public policy still useful? And can it serve as the basis of a rewarding and productive life?" _____________________________________________________________________________________ Dr. James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale University. He studied as a Marshall scholar at King's College, Cambridge in 1974-1975 and then served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress. He directed the LBJ School's Ph.D. program in public policy from 1995 to 1997. He directs the University of Texas Inequality Project, an informal research group based at the LBJ School. Galbraith's most recent book is "Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis" (Oxford University Press, 2012). Previous books include "The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too" (Free Press, 2008), "Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (Free Press, 1998) and "Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future" (Basic Books, 1989). "Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View" (Cambridge University Press, 2001) is co-edited with Maureen Berner. He has co-authored two textbooks, "The Economic Problem" with Robert L. Heilbroner and "Macroeconomics" with William Darity Jr. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.
Op-Ed Teaching Public Policy In A Trump Administration: James K. Galbraith
Krishnendu Ray is the chair of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, and author of The Ethnic Restaurateur. Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy spoke to him Ray on the day after the 2016 presidential election about his book, and the current political landscape, where change and transformation is possible through food.
Annalee Davis is a Barbadian artist and activist, who's work addresses at the complicated legacy of slavery in the Caribbean. On this edition of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy enjoy her serving of Bush Tea at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas where she was preparing to open her show...
"There isn't a single aspect of what we eat that is not touched by industry spin." -Anna Lappé There are so many logistical barriers to healthy, fresh, ethically produced and farmed foods — from food deserts to our busy daily schedules — that managing to eat well is a challenge. But there is another layer...
Explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander alongside the hosts of The Secret Ingredient (Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy). Hoover's long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have taken place in Austin— from The Night Hawk, to Good Eats, to Hoover's—and his perspective can...
Explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander alongside the hosts of The Secret Ingredient (Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy). Hoover's long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have taken place in Austin— from The Night Hawk, to Good Eats, to Hoover's—and his perspective can shed light on what gentrification means for the culinary life of our city. Part Two.
"As the food movement has gotten stronger and stronger, and people have been asking many more questions, not just about, where is my food coming from? But, how is it produced? Who's being harmed along the way? Food service directors have been asking those same questions." -Alexa Delwiche When you think about school food, certain repressed memories might bubble to the surface – boneless BBQ rib patties, mystery loaf, blocks of government cheese, or expired chocolate milk. But today's food consumers are proving to be a little more savvy than those of us who fell for ketchup as a vegetable back in the day. Students and their parents are asking not only about the quality of the food they're eating, but also about the choices food purchasers are making when it comes to how this food is produced. In this edition of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy speak with Alexa Delwiche about ethics when it comes to food purchasing and the school system. Delwiche is the executive director of the Center for Good Food Purchasing (CGFP). The work she and her team are doing in the Los Angeles public school system serves as a model for ethical food purchasing for the nation.