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    Beyond Organic Radio: Best of 2005



    I started the Beyond Organic show in 1999, in an old converted hay barn in Point Reyes Station, on KWMR 90.5 FM community radio as one of 100+volunteer programmers. My goal then, as now, was to connect listeners with the pioneers in the environmental movement, in a dialogue that gets to the heart of what it means to be part of a vibrant and interconnected community.

    Today, our team features our incredible host, Jerry Kay - a veteran broadcaster and environmental media pioneer; producer Nathan Beers; Jon Bendiner, our webmaster and online content editor; and Diana Nankin, the designer who created our Cabbage Head logo!

    In 2006, listen for short 90-second "Beyond Organic Insights" on radio stations across the country, remote broadcasts from interesting events, and expanded web-based content including articles and research resources related to show topics.

    Thanks for your support and your feedback.

    With warmest wishes for the increasingly sunlight-filled-post-Winter-Solstice days,

    Michael Straus, Executive Producer

    This week, we're featuring some of our favorite interviews from 2005:


    This Week's Guests:

    Michael Pollan — Author/Journalism Professor, UC Berkeley

    A contributing writer to the New York Times, Pollan's investigative journalism pieces on the meat industry have been a driving force behind mainstream interest in grass fed alternatives. Currently, he's the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He’s also the author of three books: The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World; A Place of My Own; and Second Nature. For many years he served as Executive Editor of Harper's Magazine. His writing has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States.


    Andrew Kimbrell — Executive Director, Center for Food Safety

    Kimbrell is a public interest attorney, activist and author. He has been involved in public interest legal activity in numerous areas of technology, human health and the environment.

    After working for eight years as the Policy Director at the Foundation for Economic Trends, he established the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) in 1994 and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in 1997. He has written several books and given numerous public lectures on a variety of issues.

    He has been featured on radio and television programs across the country, including The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Crossfire, Headlines on Trial, and Good Morning America. He has lectured at dozens of universities throughout the country and has testified before congressional and regulatory hearings. In 1994, the Utne Reader named him one of the world's leading 100 visionaries.


    Brahm Ahmadi — Co–Founder/Director, People’s Grocery

    Ahmadi is co-founder and co-director of People’s Grocery, a "food justice" organization working to develop a self-reliant and sustainable food system in West Oakland through community-based and youth-focused social enterprises, urban agricultural projects and educational programs. He blends social enterprise, cooperative economics, agriculture, popular education, youth development and grassroots organizing into a strategy for community development that builds upon a foundation of justice and self-reliance. Ahmadi is also executive director of the North Oakland LandTrust, which preserves properties in North Oakland for the exclusive purpose of community gardening. In addition, he’s starting an Oakland Food Policy Council to bring a variety of stakeholders together to develop policies for a city-wide food system.


    Dr. William E. Walsh — Author/Allergist, American College of Allergy, Ashma and Immunology

    Walsh is the author of “Food Allergies: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Relieving Your Food Allergies.” He’s also a consulting allergist with more than 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating food allergies and is a former fellow at the Mayo Clinic and a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.


    More information:

    Books:
  • Food Allergies
  • The Botany of Desire

    Articles:
  • Michael Pollan on sustainable meat eating

    Web Resources:
  • People's Grocery
  • Center For Food Safety – Genetic Engineering


  • Resources for Journalists:

    Journalists who are interested in researching stories related to any Beyond Organic show topic are encouraged to contact Straus Communication for additional resources, including trend data, background materials, experts, statistics, images and more. The service is free.

    Please contact Michael Straus at 415-777-1170 x 302 or email for more information.


     


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