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We have come a long way in a short amount of time from the age when our days were filled hunting and gathering our sustenance. Conveniences now abound, it has become increasingly possible to put food into our body without barely raising a finger or an eyebrow. This lifestyle of convenience leaves very little time to reflect on the history behind the food we purchase and the impact these purchases have on ourselves, our communities, and the earth.

With food occupying such a significant part of our lives, understanding the implications of our food choices can create a real sense of empowerment and self-determination.

Produced and recorded in the studios of Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner was created to address current food issues. The program assists listeners in making more educated choices when purchasing food either for the kitchen or at restaurants.

The media plays a key role in keeping Canadians informed, yet the most important stories about our food supply are not receiving the attention they deserve. Nevertheless, there are countless groups, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, businesses, individuals and various levels of government that are pushing towards creating more responsible food systems.

Deconstructing Dinner reports on current issues throughout the world of food but maintains a focus on local food systems. The show is not restricted to only current affairs, but probes into the processes and actions to which we have all become so accustomed throughout our daily routine, and "deconstructs" them to achieve a more discriminating awareness.

In late 2010, the show went on an indefinite break and a future return remains uncertain. At that time, the show was being broadcast on 40 radio stations across Canada and on stations around the world. All episodes continue to be accessible through the Internet in archived and podcasting formats.


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Taste Awards (2012). Nominee for Food or Drink Radio Broadcast


Jack Webster Awards. Finalist in the 2011 Community Reporting category (Local Food Fraud? An Investigation)

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Honourable Mention at 2010 National Campus & Community Radio Association's (NCRA) annual awards - Syndicated Show or Podcast

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Honourable Mention at 2009 National Campus & Community Radio Association's (NCRA) annual awards - Best Syndicated Show

Nomination 2008 Environmental Educator Award

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Jon Steinman
Jon Steinman

Behind the creation of Deconstructing Dinner is Nelson, British Columbia's Jon Steinman. Jon grew up in Southern Ontario and arrived in B.C. in 2004. Before his western migration, Jon studied food systems at the University of Guelph, leading him to work within restaurants that were fostering more personal relationships with their suppliers (farmers)! These experiences played an important role in Jon's eventual interest to 'deconstruct' where our food comes from and advocate for more resilient regional food systems.

Upon arriving in the city of Nelson, Kootenay Co-op Radio (CJLY) was a young but established member-owned community station who welcomed Jon as part of their award-winning morning news programme, Nelson Before Nine. Having been no stranger at the time to sharing his views through his weekly food & beverage columns in PULSE Niagara and Off-Centre Magazine, Jon became inspired by the potential of radio as a medium to communicate information about our food that the mainstream media was not. The groundwork was laid for what would become the weekly one hour radio show Deconstructing Dinner, airing on radio stations across North America between 2006-2011 and was distributed weekly as a podcast.

Jon has been involved in and coordinated many food initiatives including G.E. Free Kootenays, Community Food Matters, and the Kootenay Grain CSA. He's a Board Director of the Kootenay Country Store Co-operative - Canada's largest independent consumer food co-op. Jon most recently authored a report which has been intended to help build capacity in the West Kootenay region of B.C. to develop a regional food system alliance.

Jon is an established writer, having been published in Orion Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, Small Farm Canada, and Synergy Magazine among others. He's also in increasing demand as a public speaker and he speaks at many food security and agricultural conferences and events.

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