Category Archives: Podcasts

Check out these audio interviews with people working on the forefront of food systems innovations. More

Managing insects on Michigan berry crops

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Photo of a wasp on Michigan blueberries, provided by pexels.com

By Ray Pringle

This week we talk with Dr. Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University. Dr. Isaacs focuses on managing pests to berry crops in Michigan. Collaborating with farmers throughout the state, his work helps to determine which pests are impacting farms. Farmers provide insight into ongoing issues and Dr. Isaacs works to figure out the best solutions to assist them. Check out what he has to say about his work and the work being done across Michigan.

Helping immigrants and refugees find community through gardening

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By Ray Garcia Pringle

Thousands of immigrants come to the United States on a yearly basis, with Michigan typically taking in about 5,000 a year. Immigrants and refugees new to the Lansing area receive assistance from a variety of organizations, with help from people like Vanessa Garcia Polanco. Garcia Polanco works in food security in the form of farming and gardening. Through the use of community gardens, immigrants and refugees have the ability to grow food they might otherwise not have access to and feed themselves as they seek employment.

Listen to our interview with Garcia Polanco here.

How Improving Inland Fisheries Can Reduce Food Insecurity

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By Gloria Nzeka

Dr. Emmanuel Kaunda, professor at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources in Malawi, and Dr. Steven Cooke, professor in the department of Biology at Carleton University in Canada discuss their research in inland fisheries.

They recently visited Michigan State University as part of the Robin Welcomme Fellowship Program, an initiative that recognizes scientists who have been working to promote responsible Inland Fisheries.

Listen to the interview here.

How Creative Can You Get With Beans?

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By Gloria Nzeka

A team of researchers in the department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University work to improve the quality of beans. In this episode of the Food Fix, they discuss a variety of healthy ways through which beans can be consumed. Their experimental research include coming up with different flavors of beans, and milling methods to create bean flour that can used to make products such as pasta, bread etc.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Americans’ Eating Habits During the Great Depression

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By Gloria Nzeka

Dr. Helen Veit, an Associate Professor in the department of history at Michigan State University discusses a project focusing on the history of what Americans ate during the Great Depression. Going across the country, Dr. Veit with her colleagues collected historical documents containing food recipes from the 1930s and digitized them.

The project revealed that American food was as diverse back then as it is today.

You can find food recipes and more about the ‘What America Ate’ project by visiting the website whatamericaate.org.

Listen to the interview here