food

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. 


  Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.

Hey guys,

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.

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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Hear Here: Meet Carlisle Haworth & Diana Hartman

Jul 17, 2012

We've been meeting some of our neighbors in San Francisco and Oakland through our new community storytelling project, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project. Our Hear Here producers have been popping up in libraries, food banks, and schools to capture snapshots of life in these two cities, and we've been airing some of these stories on Crosscurrents. Hear Here met the two following San Francisco residents, Carlisle Haworth and Diana Hartman at the Polish Club in the Mission. They shared these stories about food from their childhood.

 On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Raj Patel, author of “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World food System" and Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to  Food and Farm Bill.”  The US Farm Bill is currently being discussed by the Senate.   How does the Farm Bill affect our food system?  Who is behind crop subsidies?  Why does it matter for the environment, the economy, and public health?  Join us at 10 PST or leave a comment here.  What do you want to know about the Food and Farm Bill?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

As the number of Americans receiving food stamps increases – it has now reached an all time high of more than 21 and a half million households – an ongoing debate over whether the system is working has emerged.

Last fall, over a dozen members of Congress took the “Food Stamp Challenge” to see what it was like to live solely on a food stamp budget for a week. Bay Area representatives Barbara Lee of Oakland and Jackie Speier of San Mateo both participated. Congresswoman Lee had to live on four dollars and fifty cents a day.

Combating Food Waste in the Bay Area

Jan 30, 2012
photo courtesy of http://blog.foodrunners.org/

 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton

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