It’s time for this week’s episode of Sound Bites! We talk first to Mark Hertsgaard, a fellow of the New America Foundation, and author, most recently, of “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.” He discusses his recent op-ed in the New York Times about the Farm Bill, in which he proposes the idea that we should really just let the Farm Bill expire in order to have more time for discussion.
Then, we look at a fight that’s taking place right now in California, a fight that will surely set the tone for the the rest of the country and our region. California’s Prop 37 is a ballot measure that will decide whether or not foods with genetically modified parts will be labeled. We speak with Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio at KALW in San Francisco, California, to get an overview of the fight in her state; Stacy Malkan, Media Director for the Yes on Prop 37 “Right To Know” campaign; and Kathy Fairbanks, Spokesperson for the No on Prop 37 campaign.
Finally, we get at the core of what our Sound Bites series is all about, the future of our food system. We talk to Chuck Benbrook, Research Professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, about how we can transform the food system over the next 20 years.