April 27, 2020
The Boreal forest of northern Canada is a magical place, filled with the sweet scents of spruce trees, with a groundcover blanketed in spongy mosses, colorful lichens and wild cranberries. Yet, it is also home to massive deposits of fossil fuel found in the oil sands. What are the consequences of mining the Earth for fossil fuels, metals and minerals both to our food system and our health? In this episode, I speak with Dr. Janelle Baker, an ethnobiologist who studies the environmental impact of oil sands operations in Canada on traditional indigenous lands and their wild foods.
#OilSands #Berries #Canada
April 22, 2020
Human and planetary health are linked to biodiversity in ways that are not always clear or appreciated by the public. Even as more species are disappearing in the wild and becoming threatened with extinction, others are being introduced to new environments. This raises questions of how such environmental changes will impact our everyday life. I speak with special guest, Dr. Tom Gillespie, about how industrial agriculture impacts natural ecosystems, contributing to biodiversity loss and increases opportunities for disease transmission between wildlife and humans.
#Biodiversity #Health #Conservation
April 20, 2020
One of my favorite ways to start off a meal at any Asian restaurant is with a lovely bowl of steaming hot miso soup. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that miso is actually a fermented product made from beans – often from soy! I never thought about the possibility of making miso from scratch at home until I came across Kirsten Shockey’s book on just that topic. If you’ve ever been curious about the microbial transformation of beans into products like soy sauce, tamari sauce, natto, miso or tempeh, then this is the episode for you! I speak with fermenting guru., Kirsten Shockey, who was authored several books unveiling the mystery and beauty of fermented foods.
#Fermentation #Miso #Soy
April 13, 2020
Fermentation makes food more shelf stable, nutritious and delicious! Some ferments can also boost your health through promoting a healthy gut microbiome and strengthening immunity. The amazing thing is that through implementation of some simple steps, anyone can start fermenting at home using the wild microbes found on vegetables and even dry flour! In this episode of Foodie Pharmacology, I speak with world renowned fermenting guru, Sandor Katz, about the science and history of fermentation.
#Fermentation #Sourdough #Microbiome
April 6, 2020
If you’ve ever heard of the mind-altering effects of some interesting edible cacti like Peyote and San Pedro before, but aren’t super familiar with the cultural history and pharmacology of these plants, then this is the podcast episode for you! Join me as I speak with author and expert on psychedelic drugs, Mike Jay, about his new book on mescaline. Mike has written extensively on the history of science, medicine, drugs and mental health. His books include High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture (2010) and his most recent, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic (2018). He is based in London, UK and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal and the London Review of Books.
#Peyote #Mescaline #Psychedelic