Walking On Eggs: Cracking The Food Myths
Thursdays 6pm - 7pm
Walking on Eggs: Cracking the Food Myths is a weekly one-hour radio show that addresses issues and interests related to all aspects of the food supply in today's political and social arenas, both local and national, utilizing interviews with experts and reports from credible media sources. It was launched in Palm Springs in August, 2010.
Offspring of a newspaper journalist, Janet Newcomb has been influenced by and involved with media most of her life. She moved to the Coachella Valley from Los Angeles in 1989, and since then has written magazine articles (Palm Springs Life, Hwy111/Season in the Sun, Desert Magazine, The Desert Woman, California Homes, Alaska Airlines, Forbes.com), produced and hosted a television show (ChowhoundTV about C.V. restaurants, which aired on KCET Los Angeles and KCET Desert Cities), and been a guest on many local radio and television programs. She has produced and hosted an original radio program "Walking on Eggs: Cracking the Food Myths" since August, 2010. Restaurants, agriculture, food politics, food safety, and cooking are her primary subjects.
Food is central to life on this planet and there are a lot of conflicting opinions about how to produce it, how to consume it, and how to keep it safe. There are plenty of myths and mysteries floating around, and I attempt to clarify them. Is conventional farming destroying the planet? (Not in the US.) Should we only eat organic produce and natural meat? (Maybe if your immune system is compromised.) Is our food system broken? (Absolutely.) How does olive oil get to be called Extra Virgin? (It's all about growing and processing.) Is McDonald's killing our children? (Why would they want to do that?) What food can you grow in your back yard? (More than you can imagine.) Why is the Farm Bill so controversial? (There's lots and lots of money at stake.)
Topics range from agricultural practices, environmental sustainability, climate change, nutrition, and government food and drug regulations to local restaurant focuses, school gardens, craft beer, and the Riverside County Fair. Interviewees have included farmers, chefs, nutritionists, 4-H and FFA members, composting experts, fast food operators, the Certified Farmers Market managers, Slow Food Desert Cities board members, winemakers, professional restaurant reviewers, holistic practitioners, athletes, university foodservice experts, and several best-selling authors. The conversations are lively and informative, not tedious and scholarly.