Exploring evidence and values
in global food systems debates

Feed: a food system podcast

Is a local or global food system more sustainable? How big should a farm be? Debates about the future of food have become more polarised than ever - and little attention is paid to why people hold genuinely different beliefs. This podcast aims to fill this gap by exploring the evidence, worldviews, and values that people bring to global food system debates.

We begin with conversations exploring "Scale" in the food system - what is the right scale of the food system? We'll be exploring the topic of scale at multiple levels - spatial, economic, moral and temporal. Join us as we Feed our own curiosity (and ideally yours!) about critical food systems issues as we dialogue and rethink how we understand and engage with the food system. This podcast is produced and operated by SLU as part of the ongoing work of TABLE.
 

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Matthew Kessler

With over a decade of working in and around food systems, and a similar period of time listening to podcasts, Matthew Kessler is excited to wear the hats of podcast creator, co-host and editor. He has spent five years working on and managing farms, received a BSc in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College and a MSc in Agroecology from Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Matthew is currently a Research and Communications officer at TABLE (sitting in Uppsala at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). He has a particular interest in what catalyses food systems transformations (e.g. policies, markets, movements, etc.) and who is being served by those changes.

Samara Brock

Samara Brock has worked for over fifteen years in sustainable food systems as a planner for the City of Vancouver, implementing agricultural projects in Cuba and Argentina, and as a program officer at the Tides Canada Foundation funding organizations working on complex conservation, climate change, and food system initiatives. She holds a master's in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Yale School of Environment where her research focuses on organizations attempting to transform the global food system.

We want to hear from you!

Please let us know what you think of the show. We'd like to hear who you think we should be talking to, and what food system debates you would like us inquire about.

Do you agree or disagree with something we've presented something on the show? Or do you think a different framing would be more appropriate? Please let us know.

You can record yourself in a quiet room or send us an e-mail to podcast@tabledebates.org and we may bring your perspective into a future episode.

Feed

Episodes

Ep8: Brent Loken on "It's not so simple"

How can shifting diets reduce biodiversity loss and why we shouldn't bet on a single solution to transform food systems

Ep7: Elena Lazos Chavero on Scale, Seeds and Sovereignty

Who benefits from traditional "super foods" being sold in high-end grocery stores and what does the food sovereignty movement in Mexico stand for today?

Ep6: Jamie Lorimer on the Probiotic Planet

How can the tiniest of actors, microbes, potentially have huge impacts on food and other systems?

Ep5: Jennifer Clapp on Commodifying Food

Has the increasing commodification of food and financialization of the food system left us more vulnerable to food crises?

Ep4: Sahil Shah on Scaling Seaweed

What role can seaweed and different technologies play in building a resilient food system? What are the tradeoffs when scaling?

Ep3: Lauren Baker on Connecting Local and Global Scale to Place

How do people and organisations work to transform the food system at both the local and global scale?

Ep2: Rob Bailey on Global Food Trade Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities

Is the system of global food trade, where 25% of all agricultural products are traded internationally, a resilient or vulnerable one?

Ep1: Ken Giller on the Food Security Conundrum

Why does agricultural research often fall short of addressing food insecurity challenges in sub-Saharan Africa?

Introducing Feed and our first theme: Scale in the food system

We introduce our first theme: Scale in the food system, and its spatial, economic, temporal and moral dimensions.