WBEZ | Food Mondays http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview 1.14.13 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-14/worldview-11413-104904 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GMOs.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-power-politics-of-genetically-modified-o.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-power-politics-of-genetically-modified-o" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Power politics of Genetically Modified Organisms" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-14/worldview-11413-104904 Centuries of winemaking turns Argentina into wine Mecca http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays/centuries-winemaking-turns-argentina-wine-mecca-99779 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP060222031126.jpg" title="Dust collects on decades-old bottles of wine in the wine cellar at Bodega Lopez winery in Mendoza, west of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2006. (AP/Natacha Pisarenko)" /></div><p><em>This episode of </em>Worldview<em> was originally broadcast on June 4, 2012.</em></p><p>Wine is not what commonly comes to mind when you think about globalized commodities. However, anyone who walks through a wine shop can see that wine has been a globalized commodity for quite some time. In fact, wine came over to this continent with Columbus on his ships.</p><p>On <em>Worldview&#39;s</em> Food Mondays segment, we talk to author Ian Mount about his book <em>The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec</em>. The book details the fascinating 400-year history of how a wine Mecca arose in the Andean desert making Argentina a modern winemaking powerhouse.</p><p><strong>On importance of wine in Argentine culture</strong>:</p><p>&quot;Wine was part of the religion, you had to have it as a good Catholic.&quot;</p><p><strong>On investing in vineyards in Argentina:</strong></p><p>&quot;When you plant a vineyard, you don&#39;t get any grapes for three years. You&#39;re not making quick money off this.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the Argentina&#39;s path to better Malbec</strong>:</p><p>&quot;Other winery owners looked at this rustic, rough, brown wine and said &#39;that&#39;s a Malbec problem,&#39; not &#39;that&#39;s a&nbsp;wine-making&nbsp;problem&#39;.&quot;</p><p><strong>On Argentina&#39;s wine identity in a global market</strong>:</p><p>&quot;Argentine Malbec, it&rsquo;s almost like one word that flows together...when people think of Argentine wine, they think of this unique grape that you get almost nowhere else.&quot;</p><p><strong>On American import of Argentine wine:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s this unique wine with this great rich plummy color and flavor that arrived in the US just as Americans were starting to drink wine. I remember in my family it was the late 80&rsquo;s when the cans of beer and bottles of cheap scotch went out and the wine came in--sort of by happenstance Argentina arrived as American palettes were growing up.&rdquo;</p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays/centuries-winemaking-turns-argentina-wine-mecca-99779 Food Mondays: Food sovereignty in the Middle East http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/food-mondays-food-sovereignty-middle-east-99110 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1172397827_2cd4ab569e_z_0.jpg" title="(Flickr/lloydhdrdoc)"></div></div><p>We shouldn't forget that the "Arab Spring" started when Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street food vendor, set himself on fire to protest the confiscation of his produce and the humiliation he suffered at the hands of municipal authorities. (<em>Worldview</em> reported on food's role in the Middle East uprisings last summer in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bread-lines-revolution-role-food-arab-spring-uprisings-90602">this James Beard Foundation Award-nominated segment</a>.)</p><p>Lebanese agronomist Rami Zurayk has charted the collapse of traditional agricultural livelihoods in the Middle East since the 1980s. In his book <em>Food, Farming, and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring</em>, Zurayk explores how the region’s politics have affected food production. He rarely pulls his punches when identifying the obstacles to effective and sustainable development:</p><p><em>While recognizing the potential of civil society, I remain extremely critical of its work, its approaches, its capabilities and its achievements...However, I believe that civil society organizations, and especially NGOs, can contribute to social change if they are willing to take radical positions, to involve themselves in politics, and to steer clear of donor dependency…</em></p><p>For our <em>Food Monday</em> segment, Zurayk tells <em>Worldview</em> how escalating food prices and growing food insecurity contribute to the political instability of the Middle East.</p></p> Mon, 14 May 2012 09:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/food-mondays-food-sovereignty-middle-east-99110 Food Mondays: Chicken diplomacy http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays/food-mondays-chicken-diplomacy-98888 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP100825114158.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The health of a nation&#39;s chicken industry can actually be an economic indicator of sorts. The government of Uzbekistan is forcing its civil servants to accept payment in the form of chickens.</p><p><a href="http://registan.net/index.php/author/joshuafoust/" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a> has an <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/the-annals-of-chicken-diplomacy/255734/">article</a> pondering the issue in the <em>Atlantic</em>. He also <a href="http://registan.net/index.php/author/joshuafoust/">blogs </a>about central Asia.</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays/food-mondays-chicken-diplomacy-98888 A look at how Japan’s food industry is recovering a year after deadly tsunami and nuclear disaster http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/look-how-japan%E2%80%99s-food-industry-recovering-year-after-deadly-tsunami-and- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/japan2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's been about a year since a devastating tsunami -- and an ensuing nuclear disaster -- hit Japan. Since then, the country's food supply has been under intense scrutiny, with radiation levels in some foods spiking far beyond government safety limits.</p><p>Today, on our occasional <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank"><em>Food Mondays</em></a> segment, <em>Worldview</em> talks to WBEZ food blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu" target="_blank">Louisa Chu</a>. She just returned from a government sponsored trip to Japan’s east coast. While in Japan, Louisa visited some of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami and nuclear disaster. Louisa tells <em>Worldview</em> how the country's food industry is recovering from disaster.</p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/look-how-japan%E2%80%99s-food-industry-recovering-year-after-deadly-tsunami-and- Africa has rich food history that many don’t know about http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/africa-has-rich-food-history-many-don%E2%80%99t-know-about-94831 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/Africa2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Just about everyone has eaten something Italian. While pasta is a familiar staple in many American households, most African dishes haven’t made that leap. Lots of people have never even seen, let alone tasted, <em>fu fu</em> or <em>egusi </em>soup. Yet many foods eaten in the U.S. and around the globe have been influenced by African cooking.</p><p>As part of the occasional series <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank"><em>Food Mondays</em></a></em>, <em>Worldview </em>speaks with James McCann, the author of <em><a href="http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/stirring+the+pot" target="_blank">Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine</a></em>, who says many of the staples considered traditionally African, didn’t actually originate in Africa.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/africa-has-rich-food-history-many-don%E2%80%99t-know-about-94831 Food Mondays: Kimchi and kitsch on the menu of North Korean-run restaurants http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/food-mondays-kimchi-and-kitsch-menu-north-korean-run-restaurants-91868 <p><p>We return to our occassional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_self"><em>Food Mondays</em></a> with a look at a restaurant chain owned by one of the world’s most isolated nations.</p><p>North Korean-run cafes are sprouting up all across Asia. They give customers a rare look inside the eccentric one-party state. While the cafes offer up plenty of kitsch alongside kimchi, you won’t see any portraits of the “Dear Leader.”</p><p>Increasingly, the restaurants have become an important source of foreign exchange for Pyongyang.</p><p>Cambodia-based journalist Sebastian Strangio is a regular at the chain’s Phnom Penh outpost. He wrote about the growing popularity of <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/06/north-korea-run-restaurants-spread-propaganda-and-kimchi-across-asia/239929/?single_page=true" target="_blank">these establishments</a> for the <em>Atlantic</em>.</p><p>He says it's not the food that brings in the customers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Watch waitresses perform at a North-Korean restaurant in Beijing: </strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0fNxhY6N92Q" frameborder="0" height="345" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/food-mondays-kimchi-and-kitsch-menu-north-korean-run-restaurants-91868 Bananas are cheap and everywhere but maybe not for long http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bananas-are-cheap-and-everywhere-maybe-not-long-90604 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/bananas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We revisit our occasional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank"><em>Food Mondays</em></a> by taking a closer look at bananas. In America, we eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. Beginning in the late 19th century, American fruit companies bullied workers and manipulated governments in Central America to ensure low prices for the tropical fruit, thus giving rise to the term “banana republic.”</p><p>A century later, the fruit is still cheap and ubiquitous in the U.S. But that may soon change. A deadly fungus has severely reduced banana crops in Asia and Australia. Scientists expect that it’s only a matter of time before it hits the crops in Latin America, where we get our supply. We’ll sort out what’s happening to our beloved banana with <a href="http://www.dankoeppel.com/" target="_blank">Dan Koeppel</a>, a journalist and author of the book, <em>Banana: the Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World</em>.</p></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bananas-are-cheap-and-everywhere-maybe-not-long-90604 From bread lines to revolution: the role of food in the Arab Spring uprisings http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bread-lines-revolution-role-food-arab-spring-uprisings-90602 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/AP08041607030.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As we begin to identify the factors that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings, the list includes likely culprits such as oppressive dictators, faltering economies and Western influence.</p><p>One factor that’s less obvious is the relationship between food and power in the Middle East. Today in our occasional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank">Food Mondays</a>, we explore this often overlooked connection.</p><p>In 2010, nearly half of the top 20 wheat importers in the world were Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia. And it’s not a coincidence that these nations have experienced instability.</p><p><a href="http://www.anniaciezadlo.com/day-of-honey" target="_blank">Annia Ciezadlo</a> is a journalist and author of <em>Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love and War</em>, which chronicles the relationship between food and power in the Middle East. She says this connection goes back decades. In fact, so many Middle Eastern regimes had come to rely on food subsidies to ensure stability that Tunisian scholar Larbi Sadiki described the tactic as “the democracy of bread.”</p></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bread-lines-revolution-role-food-arab-spring-uprisings-90602 Lawsuit alleges Chiquita responsible for the deaths of thousands of Colombian civilians - Part 2: The defense http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-11/lawsuit-alleges-chiquita-responsible-deaths-thousands-colombian-civili-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-11/AP070314051122.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, for our occasional <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays"><em>Food Monday</em></a> series, we’re exploring another chapter in the long and sordid story of the banana. <a href="http://www.chiquita.com/">Chiquita </a>Brands International <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2007/March/07_nsd_161.html">paid a criminal fine of $25 million to the U.S. Justice Department</a> for paying the AUC, the right-wing paramilitary force in Colombia, designated a terrorist group by the U.S. Government. Last month, a federal judge in Florida allowed a lawsuit to proceed against Chiquita Brands International that alleges the American food giant’s payments led to the deaths of thousands of banana workers and civilians. Before the break, we heard from one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs in the suit. Now it’s the defense’s turn.</p><p>Attorney <a href="http://www.cov.com/jhall/">John Hall</a>, with the law firm Covington and Burling, represents Chiquita in the lawsuit and outlines the company's defense.</p></p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-11/lawsuit-alleges-chiquita-responsible-deaths-thousands-colombian-civili-0