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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.

    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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    Is cultivated "meat" unnatural? Is meat today natural?

    Would you eat meat grown from animal cells in a lab?

    Does CRISPR make our food unnatural?

    If gene-edited foods became common on your plate, that would be a sign of... progress, concern, something else?

    What's a natural diet? (with Richard Tellström)

    How does culture, politics and economics shape what we eat today?

    What's a natural diet? (with Amy Styring)

    What do new lab techniques reveal about the diets of our ancestors?

    Can we eat enough white-tailed deer to restore forest ecosystems?

    Is eating our way into ecosystem balance an illusion?

    Eating invasive crayfish - a solution to our ecological mess?

    Can you make a living trapping invasive crayfish in London?

    Grasshoppers - agricultural pest or sustainable food?

    There's a growing appetite for insects across Mexico. Is that a good thing?

    Should food systems be more natural?

    Is a microbe less natural than a cow?