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"Deconstructing Dinner"
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With food occupying such a significant place in 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 has been designed 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 that industrial agriculture and production is having on local BC farmers and producers; the connection between the 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.

Cathleen Kneen, Editor of The Ram's Horn - a monthly newsletter on food systems analysis based in Sorrento, emphasizes the importance of such media sources to help untangle the ensuing depression we may feel after taking a look at the state of the global food system. "Enormous conglomerates produce and distribute edible commodities across vast distances; farm incomes have fallen below the costs of production; food banks have become a normal way for an increasing number of people to acquire food -- and what the elders say is true: it doesn't taste like it used to," adds Kneen. "Below the radar, though, there is a different reality, where farmers use ancient knowledge combined with modern techniques to produce food for a local market -- food which is labelled 'organic' or 'free-range' or 'hand-made'. Deconstructing Dinner is a process of discovering the vibrant, healthy, and just plain interesting aspects of our food."

Broadcasting from the studios of 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, Deconstructing Dinner is available live on the Internet at each and every Thursday, and has already broadcast 3 shows. With a 6-7pm timeslot, don't be concerned if you can't catch the live broadcast: all shows will be archived on the program's web site The web site 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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