Fermenting Revolution (First aired July 19, 2007)
For many people, it would be quite welcoming advice to learn that drinking beer could save the world from perhaps an
unpredictable changing climate, from pollution, from corporate-driven political agendas, from declining levels of
happiness, from increasing levels of stress, from gender inequality, from families and relationships falling apart and
from communities that have lost their sense of community. That might be a lot to ask from a simple pint of beer but author
Christopher O'Brien places those questions on the 'bar' so to speak in his book "Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer
and Save the World". The book was released in 2006 by British Columbia's New Society Publishers and Deconstructing Dinner
spoke with Christopher in March 2007.
Deconstructing Dinner in Our Schools II (First aired March 13, 2008)
How do food and agricultural issues make their way into educational settings? On this episode of Deconstructing
Dinner in Our Schools, we hear from 10-year old Kodiak Morasky who chose a very unique topic to present to his
grade 4 classmates. Kodiak was introduced to the world of factory animal farms through the on-line
animated series of short films known as The Meatrix. The film had a profound
impact on Kodiak, and we listen in on his in-class presentation. Upon learning of the horrific stories coming out of North
America's factory farms, we hear one child ask, "can I sue the government"?
Christopher O'Brien - author, Fermenting Revolution (Silver Spring, MD) -
When not writing books, Author Christopher O'Brien is the Director of Sustainability at American University in Washington
D.C. Prior to his role there, he worked with The Center for a New American Dream as Director of the Responsible Purchasing
Network and he is also part-owner of the Seven Bridges Co-operative - an exclusive supplier of organic beer making supplies.
Kodiak Morasky, student, Blewett Elementary School (Blewett, BC) -
Kodiak's 10 years of age shouldn't fool you. He is deeply concerned with the state of Canada's food supply. His concerns include
factory animal farms, genetic engineering and chemical pesticides among others. He is passionate about sharing
this information with his friends and classmates.