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Castlegar News - 01.04.06

"New radio program aims to analyse food purchases in B.C. and discuss the implications of our choices"

With food occupying such a significant element of our increasingly busy lifestyles, the desire to better understand our edible purchases is becoming more important for British Columbians.

As a new radio project based in Nelson, Deconstructing Dinner is set to provide the critical education most of us are lacking when entering our local grocery stores and neighbourhood restaurants.

"We've come a long way in a very short amount of time from the days when we used to hunt and gather our sustenance," says Jon Steinman, producer and host of the new radio program. "The food industry is creating new levels of convenience for consumers each and every day, and as a result, it is becoming increasingly possible to put food in 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, communities, and the well-being of this planet."

The program is set to distribute key information on the emergence of genetically modified foods; the health and environmental costs of organic and non-organic options; the impact industrial agriculture and production is having on local B.C. farmers and producers; the connection between food we put into our bodies and increasing rates of disease among Canadians, and will help deconstruct those wacky ingredients we find indicated on labels.

Broadcasting from the studios of Nelson's Kootenay Co-op Radio, the project has set a goal to become available on radio stations across the province by the end of 2006. As for now, those living outside the Nelson area can tune into Deconstructing Dinner live on the Internet at each and every Thursday starting Jan. 5.

With a 6-7 p.m. time slot, don't be concerned if you can't catch the live broadcast: all shows will be archived on the program's website - The website has been designed as a medium through which British Columbians can gather more information on the issues surrounding our food choices, and will act as a forum where listeners can provide feedback on topics covered.


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