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Sound Bites: Dangers of Methane | “Bee-Friendly” Plants Actually Harmful To Bees | Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market

Melting of Arctic ice and frozen Siberian tundraNovember 4, 2014 – Segment 4

Listen to a special archive edition of Sound Bites. First we hear a commentary from Jamie Henn, co-Founder and Strategy and Communications Director of, about the dangers of methane being released from the earth as a result of the melting of Arctic ice and frozen Siberian tundra.

Next we talk with Meme Thomas, Director of Baltimore Honey and maker of B’more Hon E brand raw micro local honey, about a recent report on how supposedly “bee-friendly” plants purchased from some of the big box stores actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, believed to be responsible in part for the declining bee population.

We close out the show with a look at the Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market, which is open every Wednesday at the corner of Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues. We will hear from: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife; and Willie Flowers, Executive Direct of Park Heights Community Health Alliance.


Sound Bites: Poultry Fair Share Act | Saving Bees | All About Fermentation

Bees and insecticidesDecember 3, 2013 – Segment 4

On Sound Bites, we discuss the Poultry Fair Share Act, which proposes that large agribusinesses such as Perdue and Tyson be charged a fee per head for chickens grown on the farms contracted with them, to invest in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Our guests will include: Representative Michael McDermott, Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 38B; and Scott Edwards, Co-Director of Food and Water Watch‘s Food and Water Justice Project.

Then, we return to the topic of bees and pesticides, in light of today’s New York Times full-page ad advocating for passing of the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act.” Our guest will be Jay Feldman, Executive Director and co-Founder of Beyond Pesticides.

We close Sound Bites with Sandor Ellix Katz, a fermentation revivalist and author of Wild Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, and The Art of Fermentation. Katz will talk about the history and benefits of fermentation, and share a fermented recipe with us!


Sound Bites: Rural MD Needs Immigration Reform | Update: Gather Baltimore | Why Bees Are Dying

Why Bees Are DyingAugust 13, 2013 – Segment 4

It’s another episode of Sound Bites. We start by talking to Lucie L. Snodgrass, Maryland state executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency about an op-ed she wrote for The Baltimore Sun titled, “Rural Maryland needs immigration reform.”

Later in the hour, current OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Arthur Morgan gives us an update on his project Gather Baltimore, a volunteer-based program that collects and gleans fresh produce donated by farmer’s markets and farms for distribution to people with limited access to healthy food in Baltimore. He talks about a few upcoming events and initiatives.

Then, we discuss a new study done by the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture that points to why large numbers of bees are dying. Scientists identified a mixture of pesticides and fungicides that contaminate pollen and subsequently kill bees. Joining us are:

  • Dr. Jeff Pettis, Research Leader in the Bee Research Laboratory for the Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who co-authored the report;
  • Steve McDaniel, certified master beekeeper and past President of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association;
  • and Meme Thomas, director of Baltimore Honey, a nonprofit that works to maximize local honeybee pollination coverage for local food security.


Sound Bites: African American Farmers, Dwindling Bee Populations, And Gather Baltimore

denzelMay 15, 2013 – Segment 1

We launch our first live episode of Sound Bites!  We kick-off the show with Denzel Mitchell and Blain Snipstal of Five Seeds Farms and Apiary, who will talk about African American farmers in the US today.

Then we turn to the plight of the insects that bring us our food – the bees! We discuss reports that bee populations are dwindling, with: Meme Thomas, Director of Baltimore Honey, a nonprofit with a goal to maximize local honeybee pollination coverage for local food security; and Maryland State Apiarist Jerry Fischer.

We close out Sound Bites with Open Society Institute Fellow Arthur Morgan, who discusses Gather Baltimore, a program he created as a solution to help end hunger in Baltimore. Gather Baltimore collects fresh produce donated by farmers markets and farms and helps distribute it to people who don’t have access to healthy food sources, through local hospitals, meal programs, and faith communities. To support Arthur’s project, visit Gather Baltimore’s GiveCorps campaign. To volunteer, get in touch with Gather Baltimore on Facebook.