Sustainable Farming

Archives of the show until 2018. For recent archives, go to: The Marc Steiner Show at the Real News Network

September 23, 2014

Sound Bites: Debating Agritourism | Perdue’s Power | CLF Aquaponics Project & Pesto Basil Recipe

September 23, 2014 - Segment 3 - We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff. Then we discuss an editorial in the Baltimore Sun on Perdue, and hear a recipe for basil cashew pesto from the Hopkins' Center for a Livable Future Aquaponics Project at the Cylburn Arboretum.
September 18, 2014

Sound Bites: Perdue Stops Antibiotic Use in Hatcheries | Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore | September Foraging

September 16, 2014 - Segment 3 - On a new episode of Sound Bites, we reflect upon the recent announcement that poultry producer Perdue plans to stop the use of antibiotics in its hatcheries, visit the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore, and hear what wild edibles you can forage in the month of September.
September 10, 2014

Sound Bites: The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business

September 9, 2014 - Segment 3 - It's a special archive episode of Sound Bites! Listen in to the informative and lively town hall meeting with Christopher Leonard about his latest book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business. The Meat Racket reveals the inner workings of the corporations that control the food business, and the power in Washington of the meat and poultry lobbies.
September 3, 2014

Sound Bites: Can GMOs Feed a Hot & Hungry World? | Urban Beekeeping | Recipe from Boone Street Farm: Ground Cherry Salsa

September 2, 2014 - Segment 3 - It's a brand new episode of Sound Bites. We'll talk about a recent article from The Nation that asks the question Can GMOs Feed a Hot and Hungry World? We also learn about urban beekeeping and hear a recipe for ground cherry salsa from Baltimore's Boone Street Farm.
August 19, 2014

Sound Bites: Debating ‘Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers’

August 19, 2014 - Segment 3 - On a live (call-in) episode of Sound Bites, we look at the state of small farmers today. As a follow-up to last week's New York Times article "Don't let your children grow up to be farmers," the first question we ask is: Are small farmers able to survive and prosper off the land? Then, we hear from local small farmers about their experience.
August 12, 2014

Sound Bites: US Apples Banned in EU | Chicken Nuggets | Eating Wildly

August 12, 2014 - Segment 3 - In our latest episode of Sound Bites, we discuss the EU's ban on apples from the US, hear about what is really in chicken nuggets, and learn about what kind of wild edibles you can find in the month of August.
July 17, 2014

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

July 15, 2014 - Segment 4 - In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we hear a commentary on the dangers of methane being released from the earth, we learn about a recent report on how supposedly "bee-friendly" plants actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, and look at Baltimore's Park Heights Farmers Market.
July 9, 2014

Sound Bites: Park Heights Farmers Market | Urban Foraging | Undercover Ag Drones | Special Recipe

July 8, 2014 - Segment 3 - On a brand new episode of Sound Bites, we discuss a farmers market in Park Heights, using drones to learn more about what's happening inside industrial agriculture operations, and hear two seasonal recipes.
July 1, 2014

Sound Bites: Chesapeake Bay | Climate Justice | Gather Baltimore

July 1, 2014 - Segment 4 - We begin our weekly hour of Sound Bites by checking in with Tim Wheeler, reporter for The Baltimore Sun's environmental blog B'More Green, on the Chesapeake Bay. Next we talk about climate change across the U.S. with Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; and Brentin Mock, a journalist who writes about environmental issues for Grist. We close out the show with a visit from Arthur Morgan, founder of Gather Baltimore. Gather Baltimore will be hosting a fundraiser spaghetti dinner next week.
June 24, 2014

Sound Bites: School Lunch & The Hunger Gap | MD Enviro & Ag Legislative Priorities | Update: Cove Point LNG

June 24, 2014 - Segment 4 - On the latest edition of Sound Bites, we learn about the school hunger gap and what Congress has to do with school lunches, learn about the Maryland legislative priorities related to food, agriculture, and the environment, and get an update on the Cove Point LNG facility.
June 20, 2014

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

June 18, 2014 - Segment 3 - Pulitzer-prize winning editor, reporter, and author Miriam Pawel tells us about her latest book The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography. Pawel spent 25 years at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times.
June 18, 2014

Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting: Donating Well

June 17, 2014 - Segment 4 - On a brand new episode of Sound Bites, we hear the Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting held last Thursday night at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, in our latest episode of Sound Bites. Our inspirational panel talks about what it means to "Donate Well" and shares creative ideas and programs for providing healthy food to Baltimoreans in need.
June 10, 2014

Sound Bites: Eating Wildly with Ava Chin | Bryant Terry’s ‘Afro-Vegan’

June 10, 2014 - Segment 3 - On the newest edition of Sound Bites we bring you two fascinating conversations around creative food gathering, preparing, and eating. First we talk with writer and forager Ava Chin, who joins us to talk about her memoir Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal. Then, chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry tells us about his newest book Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed.
June 6, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

June 6, 2014 - Segment 5 - We talk about the The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, an educational and eye-opening book by Elizabeth Kolbert, who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999.
June 4, 2014

Sound Bites: The Meat Racket-The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business

June 3, 2014 - Segment 3 - We have a special episode of Sound Bites! We listen in on the informative and lively town hall meeting that took place on May 15 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, featuring my interview with Christopher Leonard about his new book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business.
May 28, 2014

Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering on ‘Teaching Well,’ Part 2

May 27, 2014 - Segment 4 - In a new segment of our series about the food we eat, Sound Bites, we broadcast the second part of a fascinating and inspiring panel discussion and town hall meeting held two weeks ago at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. The meeting is part of a series called Good Food Gatherings, produced in conjunction with Johns Hopkins' Center for Livable Future Food & Faith Project and Interfaith Power & Light.
May 21, 2014

Sound Bites: Overfishing In The Bay? | Food And Faith

May 20, 2014 - Segment 3 - In our latest episode of Sound Bites, we ask the question "are the crabs and fish in the Chesapeake Bay being over-harvested?" And then we hear the first part of a fascinating and inspiring panel discussion and town hall meeting held last week at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. The topic was Teaching Well: How can we educate our youth, adults, and communities about "good food?"
May 1, 2014

Sound Bites: Eat Less Chicken / American Apples Banned in Europe / The Bay Bridge Ospreys

April 29, 2014 - Segment 3 - We begin our newest edition of Sound Bites with a look at how much water it actually takes to raise and slaughter a chicken. Then, we explore why American apples were just banned in Europe and hear about the Bay Bridge ospreys that made headline news this week.
April 22, 2014

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

April 22, 2014 - Segment 3 - On the latest episode of Sound Bites, we talk about the Cove Point facility, the state of Chesapeake Bay restoration and the politics around it, and meet former pro-basketball player and urban farmer Will Allen.
April 16, 2014

Sound Bites: Organic Agriculture | Valleys Of Baltimore County | Gerald Winegrad

April 15, 2014 - Segment 4 - It's a brand new episode of Sound Bites. We'll talk about organic farming with Coach Mark Smallwood, talk about the efforts to preserve the valleys of northern Baltimore County, and catch up with former Maryland State Senator Gerald Winegrad about the state of Chesapeake Bay restoration.
April 1, 2014

Sound Bites: Prince George’s County Agriculture — Accokeek Foundation / P.A. Bowen Farmstead / Bald Eagle Farm

April 1, 2014 - Hour 2 - In this week’s episode of Sound Bites, we travel to Prince George’s County and visit three farms,The Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park; P.A. Bowen Farmstead; and cattle farmer Yates Clagett of Bald Eagle Farm; for perspectives on sustainability, land stewardship, and how to remain economically viable in a shifting marketplace.
March 11, 2014

Sound Bites: Happy Hens / Station North Food Hub / What’s Your Kitchen Literacy?

March 11, 2014 - Segment 3 - This week on Sound Bites, we begin with Joel Salatin, full-time alternative farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Then, we visit Baltimore's Liam Flynn's Ale House to talk about Open Plough and their new food menu. We close out the show with Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back.
March 5, 2014

Sound Bites: Talking Nutrition / Beginner Farmers / What’s In Your Chicken?

March 4, 2014 - Segment 4 - In this week's Sound Bites, we begin by talking nutrition and Future Harvest CASA's Beginner Farmer Training program. Then, we hear from the star of the new "Was This Chicken Inspected?" Food and Water Watch commercial.
February 25, 2014

Sound Bites: Food Insecurity And Seniors | “Stop Cove Point” Protest & Dominion Energy Response | Poultry Fair Share Act Dead In Maryland?

February 25, 2014 - Segment 4 - In our latest episode of Sound Bites, we talk about food insecurity among seniors, hear about why some people oppose the retrofitting of the Cove Point facility to export natural gas, and look at the controversial Poultry Fair Share Act.
February 18, 2014

Sound Bites: Conflicting Views On Meat And GMOs

February, 18, 2014 - Segment 3 - In a special archive edition, we bring you some of our favorite Sound Bites segments from the past month: The longstanding relationship of Americans and meat, with Dr. Maureen Ogle, historian and author of In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America; "The Five Biggest Meat Stories of 2013" with Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture blogger; and Do GMOs matter? with Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent; and Nathanael Johnson, food writer for Grist.
February 4, 2014

Sound Bites: Federal Farm Bill Slated To Pass | GMO Labeling Returns To Annapolis Legislative Agenda

February 4, 2014 - Segment 4 - We discuss and debate of the latest federal Farm Bill, which is slated to pass through Congress today, on the newest installment of Sound Bites. Then, we hear from Maryland Senators on the debate taking place in the Maryland Legislature over whether to label foods as containing GMOs.
January 28, 2014

Sound Bites: St. Brigid | Beginnings of a Delmarva Food Hub | Do GMOs Matter? | ShorePower Project

January 28, 2014 - Segment 4 - We're talking food and farming, in our newest edition of Sound Bites! SB finds its patron saint, we learn about the beginnings of a Delmarva food hub, we ask the question: Do GMOs matter?, and hear about a new project seeking to reduce energy expenditures on the Eastern Shore.
January 21, 2014

Sound Bites: Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Victory | Marketing “Less Bad Food” To Millenials | Sustainability & The Legacy of George Washington Carver

January 21, 2014 - Segment 3 - It's the newest episode in our series about the food we eat, Sound Bites! We discuss the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' victory with Wal*Mart, which announced it would join the Fair Food Program. Then, we talk about marketing "less bad food" to Millenials, and the legacy of George Washington Carver, misunderstood but incredibly important inventor and agricultural contributor.
January 14, 2014

Sound Bites: Future Harvest: Farming For Profit & Stewardship Conference | GMOs & Cheerios | Maureen Ogle’s “In Meat We Trust”

January 14, 2014 - Segment 4 - In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we get a sneak preview of the 15th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference hosted by Future Harvest CASA, which will be held this weekend. We also talk about GMOs and General Mills' decision to stop using them in Cheerios, and look at the history of Americans and meat with historian and author Dr. Maureen Ogle.
January 7, 2014

Sound Bites: Salmonella & Flaws In Poultry Safety System | Food, Ag and Environment Stories to Watch in 2014 | This Year’s Biggest Meat Stories

January 7, 2014 - Segment 4 - Are you careful with uncooked poultry? In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we look at a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts that highlights weaknesses in the poultry safety system. Then, we predict what the big food, agriculture and environment stories of 2014 will be, and look at the biggest meat stories of 2013.
December 17, 2013

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

December 17, 2013 - Segment 3 - We begin this week's Sound Bites with a look at the 30th anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, the implications of the controversial Columbia Gas Pipeline, and the potential of radishes to fight runoff.
December 10, 2013

Sound Bites: Food Insecurity in Maryland, The Richest State in the Nation

December 10, 2013 - Hour 2 - In partnership with the Center for a Livable Future, we launch a new feature: Hunger in the Richest State. Why does the richest state in the nation have so many food-insecure people? We hear the stories of those struggling to put food on the table – from Cambridge to Baltimore to Western MD – and learn about the good work that is being done to address the need.
December 3, 2013

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

December 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, bees and pesticides, and fermentation.
November 27, 2013

Sound Bites: History of Ag Policy Since 1980s | Controversy Surrounding Fracking | Recipe: BlackSauce Kitchen’s Short Ribs

November 26, 2013 - Hour 2 - On this week's episode of Sound Bites, we hear about the history of agricultural policy in the US since the 1980s, gain a deeper understanding of the controversy surrounding fracking, and hear a brand new recipe for short ribs from BlackSauce Kitchen.
November 20, 2013

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

November 19, 2013 - Segment 3 - This week on Sound Bites, we look at the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to withdraw proposed phosphorus management regulations. We also hear about a community event taking place at Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill neighborhood, and hear a recipe for sweet potato biscuits from Damian Mosley of Blacksauce Kitchen.
November 12, 2013

Sound Bites: Food Safety Modernization Act | GMOs & Public Opinion | Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

November 12, 2013 - Segment 3 - We begin the newest episode of our series on the food system, Sound Bites, talking about the Food Safety Modernization Act. Then we talk about the GMO labeling measure that failed in Washington and hear a report back from the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners conference.
November 7, 2013

Sound Bites: Real Food Comes To Hopkins | Political Food News Roundup | Recipe From Afroculinaria

November 5, 2013 - Segment 4 - On the newest episode of Sound Bites. we report an exciting development in the real food movement that took place last week right here in Baltimore. Then we get a roundup of political food news and hear a recipe from Michael Twitty of Afroculinaria.
October 24, 2013

Sound Bites: Food Stamp Challenge | What’s In That Chicken Nugget? | Local Turkeys For Thanksgiving

October 22, 2013 - Segment 3 - We look at Maryland Hunger Solution's Food Stamp Challenge, on the latest edition of Sound Bites! We also look at what's inside that chicken nugget and learn about a duo that's raising turkeys locally.
October 8, 2013

Sound Bites: Government Shutdown’s Impact on Food | Arsenic in Animal Feed | Trans-Pacific Partnership & Food Safety

October 8, 2013 - Segment 3 - We will discuss how the government shutdown is affecting food and agriculture on the latest edition of Sound Bites! We also talk about new restrictions on arsenic in animal feed and a new free trade agreement's impact on food safety.
September 24, 2013

Sound Bites: Hunger In The Richest State – Exploring Food Insecurity In Maryland

September 24, 2013 - Hour 2 - In partnership with the Center for a Livable Future, we launch a new feature: Hunger in the Richest State. Why does the richest state in the nation have so many food-insecure people? We hear the stories of those struggling to put food on the table - from Cambridge to Baltimore to Western MD - and learn about the good work that is being done to address the need.
September 17, 2013

Sound Bites: Chicken Litter, Coffee, And Pasta

September 17, 2013 - Segment 2 - It's a new episode of Sound Bites. We'll discuss new regulations on phosphorus and the use of chicken manure as fertilizer, sustainable coffee, and a pasta recipe.
September 12, 2013

Sound Bites: 50 Million Hungry In Richest Country | Are America’s Food Debates Just White Men Talking?

September 10, 2013 - Hour 2 - We start this week on Sound Bites by talking to Rose Aguilar, who provides a commentary related to her recent op-ed, "Richest country's empty plates." Then, we discuss race, class, and the food movement with a diverse roundtable of guests.
August 27, 2013

Sound Bites: Future Harvest/CASA’s Beginner Farmer Trainer Program

August 27, 2013 - Segment 3 - Stay tuned for the latest edition of Sound Bites! Have you ever thought about starting your own farm? This week our topic is new farmers and Future Harvest/CASA's (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) Beginner Farmer Trainer Program.
August 20, 2013

Sound Bites: Poultry Farmers | Chicken Waste As Alternative Energy Source?

August 20, 2013 - Hour 2 - On the newest edition of Sound Bites, we're talking chickens! A diverse group of poultry farmers speak candidly about their work, and we get information about an idea to burn chicken litter as an alternative source of energy.
August 12, 2013

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

August 13, 2013 - Segment 4 - This week on Sound Bites, we hear an opinion on how immigration reform could positively impact rural Maryland, get an update from Arthur Morgan on all things Gather Baltimore, and learn about a new study completed by the USDA and the University of Maryland that gives insight into why bees everywhere are dying.
August 6, 2013

Sound Bites: 50 Million Hungry In Richest Country | Are America’s Food Debates Just White Men Talking?

August 6, 2013 - Segment 3 - We start this week on Sound Bites by talking to Rose Aguilar, who provides a commentary related to her recent op-ed, "Richest country's empty plates." Then, we discuss race, class, and the food movement with a diverse roundtable of guests.
July 30, 2013

Sound Bites: Warehouse-Raised Fish | McDonald’s & Fast Food Workers | Farmer Profile: Charles Wright

July 30, 2013 - Hour 2 - On a new edition of Sound Bites, we ask the question: as our waterways become more polluted, will fish be raised in warehouses in our cities? Then, we discuss fast food workers and hear a profile of an Eastern Shore farmer, Charles Wright.
July 25, 2013

Sound Bites: Urban Farming, No SNAP Benefits For Violent Offenders, & A Fermentation Recipe

July 23, 2013 - Segment 3- On this live episode of Sound Bites, we discuss urban farming with Five Seeds Farm and the Baltimore Free Farm, the Senate's amendments to the Farm Bill that would bar people convicted of violent crimes from receiving benefits for life, and fermentation with Sandor Katz.
July 17, 2013

Clearing Baltimore Vacants To Make Way For Community Gardens

July 18, 2013 - Hour 1 - We discuss reports that indicate the City’s plan to demolish blocks of majority-vacant housing around the city, relocate the few residents living on those blocks, and construct community gardens in their place. We talk to a panel of experts about what this means for the future of Baltimore.
July 16, 2013

Sound Bites: MD Pesticide Reporting Work Group | Recipe: Kale Smoothies | Malik Yakini On Racism In The Food System

July 16, 2013 - Hour 2 - It's another episode of Sound Bites! We begin the hour talking with two members of the Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group who hold very different perspectives, hear a delicious and healthy recipe for kale smoothies, and talk to Malik Yakini about his work in Detroit and racism in the food system and food movement.