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Feed: a food system podcast

    Debates about the future of food have become more polarised than ever - and little attention is paid to why people hold genuinely different views. This podcast aims to fill this gap by exploring the evidence, worldviews, and values that people bring to global food system debates.

    Season 3 - Should food systems be more natural? (episode 55-)
    Has food on our plates become... unnatural? Technology has completely changed how we make and eat food. In our next season, we speak with scientists, farmers, technologists and philosophers about how natural our food systems should be. What is a natural farm? a natural diet? a natural landscape? And does 'natural' actually tell us anything about what's good for people and the planet?

    Season 2 - Power in the food system (episode 19-39)
    Who decides what ends up on your plate? In the second season of Feed, we will explore what power in food systems looks like, who holds that power, who should have more or less power, and how various actors, from governments to eaters, exert their power to shape the food systems that we all depend upon. We speak to farmers, activists, corporations, researchers, media and more.

    Season 1 - Scale in the food system (episode 1-16)
    Is a local or global food system more sustainable? How big should a farm be? Our first season asked what is the right scale of the food system exploring it through multiple levels - spatial, economic, moral and temporal. You can listen back to the season and let us know what you think on our community forum. This podcast is produced and operated by SLU as part of the ongoing work of TABLE.



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    Matthew Kessler

    Matthew has worked the last fifteen years working in and around food systems - on farms and in kitchens, labs and classrooms, and most recently in recording studios - to better understand and communicate what is a 'good’, just and resilient food future. Matthew has been with TABLE since 2020, sitting in Uppsala at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In 2021, he began he hosting, producing, and editing Feed. 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. 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 (Season 1 and 2)

    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.

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    Ep39: What did we learn about power? (with Tara Garnett and Sigrid Wertheim-Heck)

    We talk about what surprised us, what we learned, and what we missed across the last 15 episodes.

    Ep38: Lucy Vincent and Linda Kjær Minke on Food in Prisons

    How is food in UK and Danish prisons procured, prepared and eaten?

    Ep33: Jeremy Brice on "Investment, Power and Protein in sub-Saharan Africa"

    Who is investing in protein in sub-Saharan Africa and what motivates their decision to - or to not - invest in the region?

    Ep32: Blain Snipstal on "Battling plantation agriculture today"

    Is the real battle between small- and large-scale agriculture waged in the realm of values and ideas? Blain thinks so.

    Ep30: Giuliana Furci on "Without fungi we wouldn't have food"

    What power do fungi have over humans and food systems?

    Ep29: Joachim von Braun on an 'IP for Food'

    What comes after the UN Food Systems Summit?

    Ep28: Busiso Moyo on the Right to Food

    What does a 'Right to food' actually look like in practice?

    Ep27: Jayson Lusk on Markets and Consumer Power

    Does having more information actually change what food people buy?

    Ep24: An open-ended discussion on power in the food system

    Representatives from civil society, academia, media and the private sector discuss power in the food systems. We cover the power of politics, markets, narratives, grassroots movements, geopolitics, and more.

    Ep23: Herman Brouwer and Joost Guijt on Power in Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

    What are MSPs, do they actually work, and what are the different ways that power plays out in them?

    Ep22: Channa Prakash on GMs, Golden Rice, and the Green Revolution

    When it comes to GM debates, is ideology getting in the way of science?

    Ep21: Julie Guthman on Capital, Tech and Alternative Food

    How do Silicon Valley and the Organics movement think about food systems sustainability differently?

    Ep20: Phil Howard on Corporate Consolidation

    How do food corporations cope with the fact that human stomachs remain the same size?

    Ep19: Introducing Season 2 - Power in the food system

    We speak to researchers, farmers, activists and others about power in the food system - what is it, who has it, and how does it shape our collective future?