Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Healthcare for Farmworkers and FATFACE Popsicles

Attorney Joel Diringer, from Diringer and Associates, and Natalie discussed access to healthcare for underserved populations - specifically taking a look at farmworkers, immigrant workers and undocumented workers. To find out more about Joel Diringer's work, you can visit the Diringer and Associates website.

Jaymes Luu from FATFACE (formerly known as Aisu Pops, and also Pink Rhino) came on to chat with Dani about the history of her popsicles business and the future plans and opening of her new storefront - FATFACE Pop & Food Shop - at 425 L Street Suite C Davis CA, near the corner of 5th and L streets. You can find out more about FATFACE by visiting the FATFACE website.

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Join Jaymes and friends at the opening ceremony for FATFACE Pop & Food Shop on Sunday, November 1st from 2-6pm at the L street location.

United Nations Testing Texting-based Food Vouchers in Syria - by Cassandra Vinograd in the Wall Street Journal
Study: Calorie Count on Fast Food Menus Gives Diners Pause - by Nanci Hellmich in USA Today

Music Playlist:
"When I Get Home, I'm Gonna Be Satisfied" by Mary Flower (from Bridges on Yellow Dog)
"Corrine, Corrina" by Bob Wills (from Legends of Country Music)
"The Lucky One" by Jim Gaudet (from Give Up the Ghost)
"All That I'm Good For" by Hem (from No Word From Tom on Nettwerk)
"Roll On" by Josh Ritter (from Golden Age of Radio on Signature Sounds Recordings)
"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" by Alvin Youngblood-Hart (from Johnny's Blues on Northern Blues Music)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

FARMing and Slow Food Critique

FARM. Future.Action.Reclamation.Mob. Dani talked to Robyn Waxman, a graphic designer who started a public space reclamation project in San Francisco that developed into an urban gardening project. That project has become FARM. Robyn, who lives in Davis, will be starting a similar FARMing project in her front yard in Davis this year.

If you are interested in learning more about FARM and its future project in Davis, you can check out the Davis Wiki page, or contact Robyn directly at farmdavis@gmail.com.

A Plea for Culinary Modernism. During the second half of the show was a piece recorded in January with Natalie and Rachel Laudan discussing thoughts on and critiques of the Slow Food Movement. Rachel Laudan, a food historian, lives in Mexico and has written a book on Hawaiian food, and has several articles published in various journals. Check out her blog on food, history and globalization.

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California agribusiness pressures school to nix Pollan lecture - by Steve Chalkins

-- The first FARM Davis work party will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00pm at 808 K St. in Davis.

Music Playlist:
"Sitting on Top of the World" by Mississippi Sheiks (from Stop and Listen on Yazoo)
"Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales" by Jimmy Peters (from Field Recordings: Vol. 5 Louisiana, Texas, Bahamas 1933-1940 on Document)
"Railroad Rag" by Joe Harris & Kid West (from Field Recordings: Vol. 5 Louisiana, Texas, Bahamas 1933-1940 on Document)
"Hambone" by Bessie Jones (from Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip on Rounder)
"Henry" by Keb Mo' (from Martin Scorcese Presents the Blues on Sony)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wolves & Livestock, plus Soda Taxes

On today's show Patrick Valentino, Director of the Mexican Wolf Fund, explains strategies that facilitate wolf reintroduction while reducing the impacts on livestock and ranchers.
You can check out the California Wolf Center (including the Links page) and the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program for more information.

Dani spoke about the taxation of processed foods, focusing on soda, including clips from Dr. Harold Goldstein, director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the Americans Against Food Taxes add campaign. She referenced several articles on the topic, including the following:
Dani also had UC Santa Cruz professor Julie Guthman on to talk about the politics of the so-called 'obesity epidemic' and how this relates to the taxation of processed foods. Professor Guthman is author of Agrarian Dreams: the paradox of organic farming in California. You can also check out her article Bringing Good Food to Others which takes into consideration several of the cultural and class-related topics discussed in today's show.

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California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) Environmental Showcase - Monday October 19th, 7pm in Chem 176
Check out environment-related groups on campus!

Campus Center for the Environment (CCE) reorientation event - Weds. October 21st from 5-7pm in MU East Conference Room. Check out their website...internships available!

Project Compost volunteer meetings - Mondays at 6pm in the Memorial Union basement, Room 43. Find out how you can help UC Davis divert organic waste from the landfill, via hands-on work or outreach.

Music Playlist:
"Waiting for a Train" by Jimmie Rogers (from The Early Years on Rounder)
"Make Me Down A Pallet On Your Floor" by Lucinda Williams (from Ramblin' on Folkways)
"Baby Please Don't Go" by Joe Williams' Washboard Singers (from Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 4)
"Rexroth's Daughter" by Greg Brown (from Covenant on Red House)
"Colorado Girl" by Townes Van Zandt (from Rearview Mirror)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Entering Farming & Seeking Justice for Farmworkers

On today's show past Local Dirt hosts Rory O'Dwyer and Alida Cantor return explain how they got the chance to lease farming property through New England Landlink. They discuss not only their farming experience and future Langwater Farm but also what other young people might do if they too want to start farming.

Next, we hear from Liz Fitzgerald, UCD American Studies student and Student Farmworker Alliance member, about the Dine With Dignity Week of Action occurring this week. Currently, students like Liz are pressuring Sodexo to support the Immokalee workers, but these students are seeking help from other interested individuals.

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(Follow-up on our first show of the season) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which previously approved using the controversial soil fumigant methyl iodide, has recently stated that they will "reconsider...pending the results of California's independent Scientific Review Panel." To learn more or to tell the EPA that you support this move, click here.

-- Free screenings of the documentary Food, Inc 6:30pm and 8:30pm Oct. 6th and 7th, in Chem 194 on the UC Davis campus.
-- Screening of The Last Crop, a local documentary-in-progress, including meeting the filmmakers and central figures. 7pm Friday, Oct. 9th. Click here for more info.

Music Playlist:
"Angel Band" by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys
"Guanabana" by Son de Madera
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" by the Staples Singers
"Preachin' Blues" by Son House