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Chemicals without borders: Unearthing the Green Revolution

Sep 7, 2017
: GURDEEP SINGH DHALIWAL

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part III: California's industrial approach to agriculture has long served as a model for government officials in Punjab, India, which dramatically increased crop yields decades ago as part of the high-tech, chemically supplemented Green Revolution. Yet the cost for Punjabi farmers has been a legacy of pesticide reliance, debt, and the hopes for a better life in other countries. 

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part IIThe story of how agriculture became agribusiness in California and around the world begins in Punjab, India, where the Green Revolution didn't just change how farmers work the land; it changed how they live. 

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part I: California's fertile Central Valley is home to a sizable community of farmers from Punjab in India, a region also famous for its rich cropland. Why they came to the United States is a story as layered and complex as the politics and science of the crops they cultivate. 

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

Chickens cannot fly.  That’s according to Air India, India’s national airline. 

StoryCorps: A chef and her daughter

May 24, 2017
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Maritza Hurtado Torres has been cooking for as long as she can remember.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

It was admittedly a moment of sheer American holiday nostalgia. Cooking a turkey in India. I thought it could be a fun adventure. I just didn’t realize that finding a turkey was the least of it.

Eater SF

On this week's show, Thanksgiving thanks to you from everyone at West Coast Live. 

"diwali" by Flickr user pshab, used under CC BY/cropped from original

Durga Puja and Diwali bookend our festival season in Kolkata.  But there’s an ancillary festival that’s almost as important.

Photo courtesy of Anna Lappé

James Beard Leadership Award winner Anna Lappé has spent most of her career as a sustainable food advocate. We talk big food and marketing to kids--and the implications for the health of our planet and people.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

In a world where consumer choice is deified, multi-cuisine’s stock keeps going up, no matter its quality.  

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

In a world where consumer choice is deified, multi-cuisine’s stock keeps going up, no matter its quality.  

On the July 29, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

The Specialist: Zoo Chef

Jan 13, 2016
Image courtesy of Oakland Zoo

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.

We’d love your feedback, and your ideas. Do you know any specialists? Are you a specialist? Email specialistpodcast@gmail.com. 

Click the audio player above to hear the piece.

Sound design of this piece by Seth Samuel, who also wrote all the music. 

It’s hardly Santaland  but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery, in a dingy lane in central Kolkata, is one of the city's hottest addresses.   

Sandip Roy: Food Fight

Nov 4, 2015

Liberal beef eaters unite!

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aug 19, 2015
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news.

Appeal to stop ‘excessive’ sand mining in SF Bay scheduled for next week // SF Examiner

“An environmental group will present arguments in an appeals court next week in what may be the group’s final legal effort to stop what it deems excessive sand mining in the San Francisco Bay.

Sandip Roy: Mango Crazy

Jul 8, 2015

What we call mango in English has a hundred different names in India. Indians don’t love their mangos. They form fanatical fan clubs of different kinds of mango.  

 

Ask artist Favianna Rodriguez to describe the food she grew up eating in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and her response is akin to poetry.

“It’s two tortillas,” she says. “They’re soaked in a little bit of grease ... you have some carne asada and you just bite into them and you can taste the simplicity of a good taco.”

What we eat in America is largely driven by the big food companies' ability to churn it out fast and cheap--and it's leading to toxic environments and a precipitous climb in sugar consumption.  On this episode of Inflection Point, we meet two women whose personal experiences led them to start food companies meant to transform the way we eat and drink.

Anya Fernald started BelCampo Meat to raise the quality and locality of the meat we eat, and Kara Goldin started Hint Water to replace 'sugar-free' beverages and encourage more water consumption.
 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jun 2, 2015
David Downs / East Bay Express

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

From Growing Marijuana Outdoors to Maximum THC // East Bay Express

"The world's cannabis cultivators, their friends, and loved ones have a new, essential reference: The Cannabis Encyclopedia, released April 20 online and in stores worldwide.

To many Americans, Falafel is a fried ball of mashed up garbanzo beans that you can put in a sandwich. But to me, falafel reminds me of where I’m from – Sudan. Until recently, I thought there was really only one way to make it. But it turns out, there are many ways to fry a falafel, depending on where you’re from – and of course, everyone thinks their way is best. So I headed out around the Bay on a falafel shop hop.

What does it take for women to succeed in the restaurant business in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most competitive restaurant markets in the country? In a $683 billion industry across the US, less than 5% of restaurant owners and chefs are women.

Meet Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA and Ann Wheat of Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco--named the number one vegan restaurant in the world. The grit required of women to succeed in the restaurant business.

That's our inflection point.

Fear and Eating in Fukushima

Mar 30, 2015
Ali Budner

We are no strangers to earthquakes here in the Bay Area. But there’s been nothing in recent memory to match the 9.0 quake that shook Japan on March 11, 2011.  

The quake set off a deadly tsunami and was so powerful that it shifted the earth’s axis by several inches.

The number of chronically hungry people in the world is over 800 million, yet developed countries are facing health challenges from rising rates of obesity. The growing problems of food security and water scarcity seem an issue of distribution rather than availability. But other factors also influence the status of food and water security worldwide. So where does the problem with food and water security lie? Do developed countries – or any other entities or individuals – have any moral obligations to ensure a global network of water and food security?

On the December 10th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation eco-chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry about his new book Afro-Vegan. Terry wants to us to use the holiday season to talk about building a healthy, ethical and sustainable food system for all. Many Americans over-eat during the holidays, while one in five households struggle with hunger. How can we ensure that nourishing foods are a universal right, not a privilege? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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In America, Sandip discovered coma-inducing lunches of all you can eat chicken tikka masala, saag paneer and naan for just 9.99. 

Well, what goes around comes around. The great American-Indian buffet has come - to India - with a vengeance.  

This post first appeared on Nov. 14, 2012

CUESA, the Urban Agriculture Alliance and the SF-Marin Food Bank recently hosted Your Food, Your Vote, a food-focused forum with State Assembly District 17 candidates David Chiu and David Campos.

 

San Francisco's "Field of Greens" at AT&T Park

Sep 29, 2014
San Francisco Giants

Behind a wall in a park in San Francisco, there’s a large and thriving vegetable garden. That might not seem like such a big deal. But the park is AT&T Park, the wall is the centerfield wall, and the veggies that grow there are served up to hungry fans of the San Francisco Giants.

Adelyn Baxter

Just north of Jack London Square, inside Oakland’s oldest building, you’ll find one of the East Bay’s most celebrated soul food eateries. Even more surprising? It’s 100 percent vegan.

What do we know about caffeine?

Apr 17, 2014

On today's Your Call, we'll speak with Murray Carpenter on his new book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us. Caffeine is the largest, least-regulated, and least-understood drug trade in the United States. Most people don't know how much caffeine they consume or where it comes from. How does caffeine affect our bodies and minds? And should it be regulated?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 


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