WBEZ | organic farming http://www.wbez.org/tags/organic-farming Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: High quality coffee sold in America helps Haitian farmers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-high-quality-coffee-sold-america-helps-haitian-farmers-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Based in the city of Baraderes, Haiti, the organization <a href="http://www.justhaiti.org/" target="_blank">Just Haiti</a> works with Haitian farmers who produce high quality, organic, Arabica coffee. Just Haiti then markets and sells this coffee to consumers in the United States. The profits from the coffee then go back to the Haitian growers and the community of Baraderes.</p><p>Kim Lamberty, the woman who stated Just Haiti, tells <em>Worldview</em> the story behind the organization.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the </em>Global Activism<em> <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the <a href="episode-segments/2012-01-12/wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-high-quality-coffee-sold-america-helps-haitian-farmers-9 The 2012 Farm Bill opens up for debate http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/2012-farm-bill-opens-debate-95388 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-09/farm3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Once every five years, Congress negotiates a new version of the Farm Bill, which plays a defining role in how we eat. This single piece of legislation sets the agenda for five years of government spending on food, impacting everything from food assistance programs to school lunches, crop subsidies, organic farming and conservation. Farmers in the U.S. and around the world follow the bill with rapt attention, as U.S. subsidies are a make or break economic issue for many.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> discusses what might and might not make it into the 2012 legislation with <a href="http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Marion_Nestle" target="_blank">Marion Nestle,</a> professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. She writes the blog <em><a href="http://www.foodpolitics.com/" target="_blank">Food Politics</a></em>. Her upcoming book is <em>Why Calories Count: from Science to Politics</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/2012-farm-bill-opens-debate-95388 Palestinian organic farmers gaining access to global market through fair trade http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-04/palestinian-organic-farmers-gaining-access-global-market-through-fair-tr <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-04/palestine1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Palestine has a small but strong community of sustainable farmers who harvest olive oil, honey, almonds, tahini, cous cous and more. But year after year, politics complicates the harvest. Palestine’s isolation from the world makes it hard for these farmers to fully take part in the growing organic food movement.</p><p>Vivien Sansour represents the <a href="http://www.palestinefairtrade.org/" target="_blank">Palestine Fair Trade Association</a>. She's also the promotions manager for an olive farmer’s collective in the country called <a href="https://www.canaanusa.com/" target="_blank">Canaan Fair Trade</a>. She tells <em>Worldview</em> what life is like for Palestinian farmers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-04/palestinian-organic-farmers-gaining-access-global-market-through-fair-tr Global Activism: Local student starts organic farming in China http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/global-activism-local-student-starts-organic-farming-china-92337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/china1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Every Thursday on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em>, we hear about an individual who's trying to make the world a better place.</p><p>In China, food safety is a serious issue.&nbsp; Minxu Zhang is a Chinese student from Lake Forest College, who was in her home country this summer to establish a direct line of purchase between Chinese organic farmers and consumers. She started an organization called <a href="http://www.ecobitechina.com/index.asp" target="_blank">EcoBite</a>, which attempts to make Chinese consumers aware of risky food production practices. EcoBite connects small farmers with consumers in order to cut out the middle man and reduce the costs associated with healthy food.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/global-activism-local-student-starts-organic-farming-china-92337