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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 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.

    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.


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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 (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.

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

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    Presenting "M4F: Ep7. Health, biodiversity, animal ethics"

    How do the four futures stack up?

    Presenting "M4F: Ep6. Plant-based"

    Planet friendly eating or going against our nature?

    Presenting "M4F: Ep5. Less meat"

    Triple win for people, planet and animals or elitist and unrealistic?

    Presenting "M4F: Ep4. Alternative 'meat'"

    A utopian evolution or science fiction dystopia?

    Presenting "M4F: Ep3. Efficient meat"

    The only way to feed billions or the root of society's problems?

    Presenting "M4F: Ep2. A complicated relationship with meat"

    How values, emotions, and where we live impact our views on meat.

    Presenting "Meat: the four futures"

    What we eat and don't eat, isn't only a scientific question - it's an emotional and ethical one.