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

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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.

 


On today's Your Call, we're talking about food labels like "organic" and "fair trade.” Studies show that sales increase by 10 percent because of food labels. But what do they mean exactly? How are these labels enforced in the US and abroad? As the number of labels increase, how should we measure certification? And how does a label change the way you think about and buy your food? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Hana Baba and you. 


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Will Durst here with a few choice words about plastic bread. I'm against it. And formaldehyde rinsed coffee beans? Not a fan. Flame retardants in my cupcakes? That's a big ol' negativo.

Oakland library reaches out to provide CalFresh

Jan 22, 2014

One out of every six residents in Alameda County is served by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The non-profit agency partners with 275 member agencies to provide almost 50,000 people with food each week. In addition to working with soup kitchens and food pantries, the Food Bank’s Community Outreach Program helps eligible individuals and families apply for nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps.

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.

Our part of the world is famous, or maybe infamous, for its interest in food and how it’s grown. We’re also known for local specialties ranging from sourdough bread to the super burrito. Author Erica J. Peters of Mountain View explains the history of several “signature dishes” in her book San Francisco, A Food Biography.

The book highlights a number of Gold Rush-era specialties. Two of note are the Hangtown Fry, and sourdough bread.

Your Legal Rights considers the dangers of excess sugar causing obesity in the American diet.

Guest:  Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program.

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Arizmendi Bakery ~ 1331 9th Ave (Irving/Judah) ~ 415-566-3117

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Destination Baking Company ~ 598 Chenery (Glen Park) ~ 415-469-0730

Sandip Roy

Today we revisit a previous dispatch so Sandip can recover from the flu. 

In America, Sandip discovered coma-inducing lunches of all you can eat chicken tikka masala and saag paneer and naan for just 9.99. Well, what goes around comes around. The great Indian buffet has come to India - with a vengeance.

Prop 37: Labels for GMOs?

Sep 28, 2012

Today, many of the foods we eat come from Genetically Modified Organisms such as modified corn, wheat, and soy to make them grow more productively.  But do consumers have the right to know if the food they are buying at the grocery store contains GMOs? This November, voters are being asked to decide if GMOs and foods that contain GMOs should be labeled as such in retail outlets. We take up the pros and cons of Proposition 37.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a debate about Proposition 37. If it passes, California would become the first state in the country to require GMO labeling. Proponents have spent $3M to support labeling law, while multinationals like Monsanto and Pepsi have contributed over $28M to keep GMO labels off of food packages. Where do you stand? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What questions do you have about GMOs?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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