How I'm Livin' with Chef Babette! Guest: Viki Radden of Radden and Associates
EP 12 WWPN: How I'm Livin' with Chef Babette! GUEST: Viki Radden of Radden and Associates
00:43-03:00 LIVELY BANTER
03:05-05:49 Babette asks Viki Radden. "Who are you?" Viki answers.
06:20-07:25 "We have the least expensive food system in the world...among developed countries..."
07:30-08:50 The U.S. becomes the grain producing capital of the world in the early 50s..."
08:55- 10:00 "We created a series of chemicals used in World War II...They determined that (these chemicals) could be used as fertilizers..There was an economic motivation to keep using those chemicals. We also had a large output of petroleum..."
10:18-10:45 "We could grow all this corn, we could export some, but we couldn't consume all this corn. So additional usages by the food industrial packaging companies were created...High fructose corn syrup was created because of the surplus..."
10:50-15:25 Decisions were made with profits in mind not the impact on the population...Roles of the U.S.D.A. and F.D.A. Original concept for the Food Pyramid.
16:35-18:05 Additives in our food processing system.
18:10-19:00 Citizens making a difference...People are voting with their wallets.
19:05-21:45 "Let's talk about cage-free eggs..." Possible link to Avian Flu.
22:17-25:59 "Most of our illnesses are aggravated by food, but there are lifestyle issues associated with them as well...." Population hooked on sugar..."Women went into the work place and so convenience foods were created to facilitate that process--the beginning of too much sugar, too much salt and too much fat. They were processed to have longer shelve life or to be frozen and still maintain, color and shape and taste....We took food out of the schools-home economics...we took gym and exercise out the school."
27:03-29:19 Zika/mosquitos/bees and study linking alcohol to multiple cancers.
30:00-31:05 Consumer Action
Viki Radden of Radden and Associates is an innovative, global thought leader and strategist focused on the art, science and business of food. Her passion for food and the land were anchored early in life guided by her grandmother’s words, “If you take care of the land it will take care of you”.
From “putting up” peach preserves using golden ripe peaches on a back porch in South Carolina under a morning sky, to creating her own catering company, focused on NY’s elite music industry to support herself during college, and then later as an early adopter in the rooftop garden movement in Chicago, she brings her rural family roots to the urban food environment.
WHAT SHE’S DONE
As a global thought leader, educator, speaker and authority on sustainable food production, and policy issues, she has traveled extensively from Washington, DC and NY to several countries including Amsterdam, Germany, Canada, South Africa and the Caribbean where she confers with other food and agriculture authorities, academics, business and community leaders on how to develop and implement strategies on sustainable food production, and policies for climate change related agricultural issues. She also draws from her knowledge and work in the technology industry as a change agent, toapply, when appropriate, next-gen technologies to the food business.
Examples of her projects include developing high tech greenhouse vegetable production in the Caribbean, redevelopment of a major wholesale food distribution terminal into a food production, distribution and agri-entertainment facility and expanding her local area farmer’s market business and services.
Whether discussing job creating food hubs, how to reduce the impacts of climate change with urban agriculture, whatyour food really goes through before it gets to your plate, how you can afford good nutrition for good health, or what the government needs to do to support “clean, healthy food”, she shares knowledge that goes beyond theory that we can all use now.
This fall she will be launching an audio blog (podcast), FoodChatRadio on the art, science and business of food with information and conversations that can have a positive impact on your daily life.