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Sound Bites: Doctors Concerned About Antibiotic Use On Healthy Animals | Maryland Poultry Farms Fined Over Pollution | Visit To Hidden Harvest Farm in Baltimore

Hidden Harvest Farm in Baltimore CityOctober 28, 2014 – Segment 4

It’s the newest episode of Sound Bites, our weekly show on our food, our world, and our future! We begin the hour with a poll released last week indicating that 93% of all doctors are concerned about the routine use of antibiotics on healthy farm animals for growth promotion and disease prevention. Our guests will be:Matthew Wellington, Campaign Organizer of Maryland PIRG (Public Interest Research Group); and Dr. Tyler Cymet, practicing physician and President of the Maryland State Medical Society.

Next we turn to news that nearly one in five Maryland poultry farms have been fined for failure to file annual reports on measures they are taking to ensure runoff from their flocks’ manure is not polluting the Chesapeake Bay. With: Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun’s environmental blog; and Rena Steinzor, President of the Center for Progressive Reform, and grain and poultry farmer Lee Richardson of the Maryland Farm Bureau in Wicomico County.

We close out the show with a visit to Hidden Harvest Farm in Baltimore!


Sound Bites: Cove Point | State Of The Bay | Will Allen

Will AllenApril 22, 2014 – Segment 3

We begin the latest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion on Cove Point and climate change, with Mark Hertsgaard, Fellow for the New America Foundation and author of, most recently, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

Next we look at the state of Chesapeake Bay Restoration, with Gerald Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988.

We close out Sound Bites with a special segment on urban farming with urban farming icon Will Allen. Allen, a former professional basketball player, is the CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization that works to help provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. He is also the co-author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.


Sound Bites: How The New Farm Bill Impacts SNAP | California Drought and The USA | Chesapeake Bay Moving In The Right Direction?

SNAPFebruary 11, 2014 – Segment 4

We take a look at the Farm Bill, signed by President Obama last week, which cut $8.6 Billion out of the food stamp program, on this week’s edition of Sound Bites. Joining us for the discussion are: Rachel Sheffield, policy analyst in the Devos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation; and Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.

Then we travel to California to examine the effect of the drought on the food system, with Andrew Freedman, climate reporter for Mashable and former Senior Science Writer for Climate Central.

We close out the show with a roundtable discussion on topics to include the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the lawsuit against the Farm Bureau, and the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Our panel of guests include: Gerald Winegrad, attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Brent Bolin, Clean Water Coalition Director at Maryland League of Conservation Voters; and Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun’s Environmental Blog.


Sound Bites: 30th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement | Water & The Columbia Gas Pipeline | An Amazing Radish

10/17/13 Photo by Timothy B. Wheeler / Baltimore Sun Staff.  Baltimore, Md.  Baltimore City Mark Cameron of the city Office of Sustainability and Stuart S. Schwartz of University of Maryland Baltimore County (in ballcap) examine forage radish plants sprouting in vacant lot in Northeast Baltimore.  Curbing polluted runoff can be daunting in cities with lots of pavement and relatively few green spaces. A researcher with the University of Maryland Baltimore County has sowed forage radishes on a recently cleared vacant lot in East Baltimiore to see if they can serve as natural storm-water controls. Also known as Daikon or Japanese radishes, the plants' giant roots grow deep into the soil. Stuart Schwartz hopes they'll be able to break up hard-packed dirt enough so that it willl soak up rainfall and keep it from washing trash and pollution down the nearest storm drain into the harbor. ORG XMIT: 1144165December 17, 2013 – Segment 3

In 1983 the governors of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, the mayor of Washington, DC, and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement outlining a plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. We begin the hour with a look at the 30th anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, with: former Maryland State Senator Gerald W. Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988; and Dr. Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation‘s Senior Water Quality Scientist.

Then, we look at the implications of the controversial Columbia Gas pipeline, which will cut through 21 miles of Baltimore and Harford Counties in Maryland. In-studio to talk about the pipeline will be Gunpowder Riverkeeper Theaux Le Gardeur. To see the narrative map of waterway impacts along the pipeline, click here.

We close out the show with a fascinating look at a new type of radish that can be used to fight storm water runoff. Joining us to talk about this dynamic root vegetable will be Dr. Stuart Schwartz, senior research scientist at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).


Sound Bites: MDA Pulls Phosphorus Management Regs | Whitelock Community Farm Expands | Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits From Blacksauce

Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir HillNovember 19, 2013 – Segment 3

This week on Sound Bites, we begin with a follow-up to the announcement last Friday that the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has withdrawn proposed phosphorus management regulations. Phosphorus is a major contributor to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The regulations would control when and how farmers could apply manure to their crops. The regulations were withdrawn after hundreds of farmers, at public meetings, protested their implementation. Guests include:

Then, we return to Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood. We will take a look at what is current being produced on this street corner farm and at their new initiative to expand onto a lot across the street from their current location. They will hold an event this weekend to raise funds for this initiative. Our guests will be: Victoria Day, Reservoir Hill community member; and Alison Worman, Farm Manager at Whitelock Community Farm.

We close out the show with a Thanksgiving recipe from Damian Mosley of Blacksauce Kitchen! He tells us how to make sweet potato biscuits.


Sound Bites: Arsenic In Our Chicken; Supreme Court’s Monsanto Ruling; Bay Oysters; and Salt Sugar Fat

Michael Moss' Salt Sugar FatMay 22, 2013 – Hour 1

This week on Sound Bites, we begin with Dr. Keeve Nachman, Director of the Center for a Livable Future‘s Farming for the Future program, who joins us to talk about a scientific study he co-authored on arsenic in chicken feed.

Then, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak discusses last week’s Supreme Court decision in which the court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto, stating that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto’s patent on genetically modified soybeans when he culled some from a grain elevator and used them to replant his own crop in future years.

Next you hear from Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’more Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog, who will discuss oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay.

We close out the first hour with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss, investigative reporter for the New York Times, who joins us to talk about his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

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