History of Agricultural Policy in the US

February 14, 2013 – Segment 3

It’s a new episode of Sound Bites. We start with another passage from our interview with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America. Wenonah discusses the history of agricultural policy in the United States since the 1980s.

We then turn to the controversy surrounding fracking, a means of extracting natural gas underground. We talk to science writer Elizabeth Royte, who discusses how farm animals can be early warning indicators of possible health risks related to fracking. Focusing locally, we debate Maryland’s proposed moratorium on fracking with Mike Tidwell, Director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Steve Everley, spokesperson for Energy in Depth, a Washington-based advocacy group established by the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

We close out this week’s episode of Sound Bites with a recipe for the season: beet salad. Cheryl Carmona and Aliza Sollins, two urban farmers who started the Boone Street Farm in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood, share that recipe with producer Mark Gunnery.