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"New radio show provides food for thought" - 02.18.06

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 began broadcasting on Jan. 5. Since then, the program is now being rebroadcast on Vancouver's CFRO 102.7FM and was first broadcast in Nanaimo on Feb. 9.

Weekly broadcasts will continue on Thursday, (Feb. 23) between 11 a.m. and noon on Nanaimo's CHLY 101.7FM.

Deconstructing Dinner will replace the Thursday broadcast of Changes on CHLY.

"We are delighted to introduce Deconstructing Dinner to the CHLY audience in our Thursday time slot, which is sponsored by the Foodshare Centre in Nanaimo," said Suzanne Gregory of the Changes production team.

"We regularly produce our own programs on food security and Deconstructing Dinner gives our listeners an opportunity to delve further into issues around the future of food in our communities."

The program will provide the critical education most of us are lacking when entering our local grocery stores and neighbourhood restaurants.

Jon Steinman, producer and host of the new radio program said society has come a long way in a very short amount of time from the days when we used to hunt and gather our sustenance.

"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," he said.

"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 found indicated on the labels covering 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.

Deconstructing Dinner is also available live on the Internet at www.cjly.net or at www.chly.ca.

All shows will be archived on the program"s web site - www.cjly.net/deconstructingdinner.


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