Produced and recorded in the studios of Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner has been created to dispense and discuss current food issues. The program assists listeners in making more educated choices when purchasing food either for the kitchen or at restaurants. Listen to a recent broadcast.
Broadcasting for a over decade on CFCR 90.5 FM community radio in Saskatoon, Making the Links is committed to reporting on international and local issues in a way that is informative, indepth and offers coverage not normally found in the mainstream media. Listen to a Food and Agriculture program
Film and Video
The hog industry came to Manitoba in a big way. At the Trough shows how and why citizens fought back -- and the kind of alternatives they are creating. The film was produced in partnership with Beyond Factory Farming. The full 53 minute DVD is available for public distribution.
Weaving interviews from renowned speakers such as Dr. Vandana Shiva, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. Murray Waldman, Nettie Wiebe and Swami Agnivesh with stunning visuals of a personal journey that crosses continents, the story of Mad Cow Sacred Cow takes us from the filmmaker’s own happy days of indiscriminate beef consumption to the frightening realities created by globalization. Watch the trailer
The Passionate Eye presents Frankensteer, a disturbing documentary that reveals how the ordinary cow has been turned into an antibiotic-dependent, hormone-laced potential carrier of toxic bacteria, all in the name of cheaper food. Frankensteer exposes the harsh and sometimes frightening realities of how our beef gets to our tables. For Frankensteer DVD orders email firstname.lastname@example.org
Several years ago, large-scale hog producers and their political allies in Quebec decided to branch out into international markets. But bacon, like everything else, has its price.
Bacon, the Film asks whether we have properly measured the social and environmental impacts of this proliferation of huge hog operations. The soil is already showing signs of sterility. Rivers are contaminated. Water, the very symbol of life, has itself become a hazard in some communities. The situation could be spinning out of control. Abandoned by the state, citizens groups are making their voices heard and taking back democracy. An unexpected grain of sand in a machine well oiled by neo-liberal dogma, they are fighting to keep society on a human scale.
On July 27, 2003, 15 young activists calling themselves The Deconstructing Dinner Caravan left Vancouver on their bikes, headed for Cancun, Mexico and The World Trade Organization’s 5th Ministerial Meeting. Diversidad’s Co-Directors Jean-Marc Abela and Stefan Verna got on their bikes and went along, chronicling the journeys of three of the Caravan activists. Along the way, they learned about sustainability, food security and the plight of farmers whose way of life is threatened in a global agricultural economy overseen by the WTO. While the future of food production is in question, the film celebrates grassroots activism and the courage of individuals who are working for positive change.
A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water — combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food — where does it all go? And what does it do to us?
The Nature of Things Series
Many scientists agree that we’re consuming the meat and milk of unhealthy animals. While we graze at our local meat counter deciding what to buy for dinner, more and more of these international corporate farms are developing faster and cheaper ways to get food onto our plate. This food is cheap because they don’t pay for the environmental and social implications of what they’re doing. This program examines how a handful of companies have come to dominate food production and distribution in North America and the real price we pay. (English, 01/2004, 45:00 min)
Apocalypse Cow is a two-part story about Mad Cow Disease — a rare brain disorder of cattle that has the ability to jump species. The Mad Cow epidemic started in the United Kingdom and has spread to more than 20 countries around the world. It is also a story about cover-up and greed. Apocalypse Cow examines new information on the tangled history and origins of the outbreak, exploring its potential impact on human health.
This video features six organic farmers from Western Canada and provides real-life stories of organic producers, experts, retailers and processors from Across Canada. Both current and potential organic farmers will gain knowledge and insight into why many people are choosing organic farming, how to begin the process of organic farming, how to market organic produce, livestock or grains and how to decide which certification agency is right for you plus many more informative tips for beginners and organic producers.