How much do you know about the food you eat? With all the competing information out there, what sources can you really trust? And how much do you really want to know? Intersection teams up with Harvest Public Media to talk about the obstacles that get in the way of discovering the truth about our food, in particular looking at the beef industry.
Peggy Lowe, Harvest Network analyst, Harvest Public Media
Ray Massey, extension professor, MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Mike McGraw, projects reporter, The Kansas City Star
(Program was recorded Thursday, April 12.)Spring is officially upon us, and for many in the country it arrived early this year. We get some possible explanations for the record high temperatures in March. You'll also hear how the early spring could benefit farmers, consumers and even the insect population.
Rob Lawrence, forest entomologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Tony Lupo, chairman, University of Missouri Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences
Michael Monson, chair, University of Missouri Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Lowell Schachtsiek, a farmer from northeast Missouri (joining the program by phone)
Janice Stillman, editor of the Old Farmers Almanac (joining the program by phone)
Although scientists say it is possible to provide everyone with more than enough food calories, humanity still faces the stark reality of chronic hunger, and not just in the developing world. In this town-hall forum, our panelists explain the challenges -- for consumers, farmers, governments, and scientists -- that make it difficult to feed the world now and into the future.
Maria Rodriguez Alcala, assistant director of undergraduate studies in agricultural and applied economics, University of Missouri
Bill Allen, assistant professor of science journalism, University of Missouri
Paul Lasley, professor and chair of the Sociology and Anthropology departments, Iowa State University.
As consumers we expect the food we eat to be plentiful and affordable. But the factors that keep food prices down affect many different areas of our societal landscape. Today's Intersection discussion explores the business and management of agriculture -- in particular, how our complex food system affects people here in mid-Missouri and around the globe.
Ronald Plain, MU professor of agricultural economics and Extension economist
Handy Williamson, MU vice provost for international programs and professor of agricultural economics
Richard Oswald, farmer and board member of the Missouri Farmers Union (joining the program by phone)
As unemployment rises, an increasing portion of the population finds itself without enough to eat. Central Missouri has the added challenge of a rural geography that makes delivering food to a population in need more complicated. Today's discussion centers on what is being done to help the hungry in our community.
Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director, The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
Most people are affected in some way by the changing landscape of agriculture, food and fuel production in America. Panelists discuss how dynamic changes to agriculture - and the impact of these changes - are playing out in Missouri and around the world.
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Scott Brown, research assistant professor and program director of livestock and dairy at MU's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
Mary Hendrickson, associate professor of rural sociology at MU and a coordinator of the Food Circles Networking Project.
Domingo Martinez, director, Cambio Center for Research and Outreach on Latinos and Changing Communities.
Columbia now allows residents to keep up to six chickens in their backyards. How complicated will it be for city dwellers to keep their own flocks of chickens. How complicated will it be for city dwellers to keep their own flocks of chickens?