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"I've listened to every episode and love what you guys do. I'm from California and wish that there was a domestic radio show as good as yours
concentrating on these issues."
"I have been listening to Deconstructing Dinner almost since the beginning. I have learned A LOT and have educated
many others (especially as I am an environmental educator!). Thanks again for all your information. You reach more listeners
than you probably know."
"Keep up the great work! It's absolutely refreshing to hear clairty above the din of corporate mass media."
"I've been a listener for several years through podcasts. I am now also a supporter. Your information has been
vital in transforming my life - the way I eat, the way I shop. Even got rid of my car two years ago because of deconstructing dinner!
I share information all the time from the show. Keep up the good work and I will continue to do my best to spread the word.
For our planet, for our people, for all sentient beings - I wish compassion and loving kindness."
"I wish to tell you how much I appreciate your show and all the efforts you are making to bring such relevant
topics about food to all your listeners. I listen to your show on the podcast version, mostly while doing workouts
or in public transport such as the metro. I just think it's great to have such a quality show in Canada. I am only
sad we don't have the equivalent in french."
"I'm quite a new listener here in Calgary AB (on CJSW). I'll be busy spreading your program! People are
so confused, and unless you are someone like yourself who actively seek the truth, you get frustrated with
thinking of where to even start! This program is a fantastic way to inform and keep people up to date on these
issues that should be of utmost importance to us. It's a huge step in connecting this movement which should be
the standard of which we all live. Thank you so so much - keep doing what you're doing!!"
"I would like to say thanks for your passionate support of all things
food and helping me deconstruct MY dinner!"
"I wanted to thank you for your wonderful show! I listen each week, and each week am awed at the wonderful
information you and your guests constantly present. Thanks for everything you're doing for Canada's food sovereignty."
"I discovered Deconstructing Dinner almost two years ago, and have listened to every episode since then, as
well as all the archives. I just completed my first year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying
Environmental Engineering and Integrative Biology. However, these majors may seem a bit misleading, as my primary
passion is sustainable agriculture, communities, and food systems. It's hard for me to really put this into words,
but Deconstructing Dinner has been such a huge influence on my life and was truly essential to my discovery of food
issues and my focusing of interests. It may be hard for you to imagine having such a tremendous impact on someone
you've never met, but I assure you that I am truly in your debt."
"I have listened to about 3 episodes so far on my Blackberry while doing chores such as washing dishes. I am delighted to be able to add to my education through listening to "Deconstructing Dinner" archived broadcasts."
"I just downloaded 100 episodes on my ipod this weekend and listened to 15 of them, absolutely love the information you are sharing."
"I have really been enjoying your content on Gardening/Farming in Schools; it's been finding it very helpful in starting up a permaculture program at Jasper PLace high school In Edmonton, Alberta."
"Your podcast rocks - as a food/wine loving musician, it's very informative and useful. Like your style!!"
"Hi Deconstructing Dinner, I just thought you might be interested to hear how the work you're doing and
involved with is continuing to shape the world far beyond the Kootenays (BC), or even the oceans that surround North
America. We're a couple of Australians that had been working on food and agriculture issues in Adelaide, South
Australia, and came to Nelson as a part of a bigger journey seeing what was happening in North America. We were fans
of "Deconstructing Dinner" and met up with you in early 2008 to hear more about what was happening in Nelson.
When we spoke to you then, one of the things you mentioned as having a powerful influence on strengthening the local
food movement was the holding of a summit. We noted that, and on returning to Adelaide in late 2008, we threw
ourselves back into working for a sustainable, local food and agriculture system in our home city. Over the course
of 2009, we organised a whole series of events - including a food and agriculture film festival - leading up to our
own food summit/convergence, "From Plains to Plate: the future of food in South Australia", held last weekend.
I'm happy to say that From Plains to Plate was an overwhelming success. Opening with a public forum, then followed
by 3 days of tours, workshops and presentations, the event attracted 750 participants, and while we are yet to see
what will emerge, the response we've had so far suggests that it will inspire and strengthen a very significant
amount of ongoing community action, as well as possible influences on larger local and state government policies.
We're gradually posting presentations, video and audio online at http://futureoffoodsa.ning.com - so feel free to
browse. All the best for your ongoing good work, and warm regards from the south."
"I have recently discovered your show and am busy downloading podcasts off of iTunes to try to catch up! I
especially enjoy your pieces on The Local Grain Revolution. We are certified organic, small-scale grain farmers here
near Edmonton. I have linked your shows to my blog and I hope that more people can pay attention to what you are
saying because it is terribly important. I really enjoy your programs when you include sounds from outside the
studio... walking through the fields and listening to the sounds of whatever you happen to be talking about. That is
how radio is supposed to sound! Great work... please keep going, can’t seem to get enough."
"Love your podcast, came accross it via iTunes. I'm president of our community garden, 3,000 population in
our village (exploed to 10,000 in holidays), Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia, where the main river meets the sea.
We have a beautiful environment, trying to get the message across about securing our food dependancy and learning
about what we are eating. Love your podcasts, I spread the word through my column in our community newspaper. Thanks
for the inspiration."
"I tend to use many of Deconstructing Dinner's podcasts for my classes - thanks for making such valuable
information so easily available! Keep up the amazing work!"
"Congratulations on four years! This is an excellent program opening up the awareness of the community into
so many issues. I especially liked the talk by Paul Nicholson recently and will be listening again to Maude Barlow,
love those water talks. And your website has excellent links and articles."
"This show is amazing and inspiring... I have had a show on Cortes Community Radio for a few years now and I
am totally inspired by your show. Please continue with these amazing, influential and information-packed
"I have been listening to Deconstructing Dinner for the past two years and this has definitely contributed to
my commitment of helping create a local food system on Pender Island. Thank you so much for your inspiring and
"No other series of broadcasts has ever struck a chord so deeply in me than Deconstructing Dinner.
After sharing it with my husband, our outlook on everything related to food is scrutinized in a much more profound
way that has totally changed out lives. Besides being interesting, your guests add a depth and breadth that is
lacking in 99% of mainstream media. Many of your guests have truly inspired us as well as Jon and staff have
researched and reported on the pertinent information that needs to be brought to the attention of North American
society in general. Kudos to all involved with DD!! We very much look forward to the next installment and we will be
donating again to this worthwhile show."
"So this month, I've done a lot of sitting in the barn, scrubbing away at potatoes with a piece of burlap
sack to get them clean enough to store for the winter. There's a certain meditative quality to cleaning potatoes,
scrub scrub scrub, turn, wipe wipe, scrub some more. But eventually, when I can no longer amuse myself with thoughts
of gnocchi or latkes, I pull out my trusty ipod and turn on my virtual buddy Jon Steinman. Steinman is a Canuck who
hosts a radio show and podcast called Deconstructing Dinner. It's a show all about, you guessed it, FOOD - and all
the whos, whats, whens, wheres and whys of our food that you'd never ever think to ask. Some of the episodes are
pretty Debbie Downer (food companies supporting child labor, anyone?) but my favorite parts are when he highlights
farmers and sustainable food businesses and chefs and talks to them about why they do what they do."
"After acquiring some sourdough starter from our local artisan bakery, we set about making a batch of Mom's
Sourdough Waffles today? Wonderful, thank you again for the work (especially the grains series) and valuable
information. Thanks again, my students are learning a lot from your show podcasts."
"Thank you!!! It's about time someone got the word out. I have tried to help my patients, family, and
friends realize the dangers of mass food production to their bodies, environment, and society. Thanks for all
your efforts and hard work."
"I love your podcast. I get amazing info from the show. Your work
demonstrates focus and synthesis of information. As a city guy I feel
plugged into issues about industrial agribusiness and organicbusiness.
I don't know how you do it but it is as killer as any worthwhile piece
that 60 Minutes ever did."
"I would like to say thank you. I first started listening to your podcast about a year ago. I enjoyed it.
We are currently in Vietnam touring around, taking in the sights. I have packed my iPod full of
Deconstructing Dinner episodes, which have enabled me to catch up with the show. With DD talking about Monsanto
paying Percy, and listening to UofA International week, the bus trip flies by. I love listening to your show. It is
a constant reminder of what needs to be done. I believe that one can make their biggest environmental impact by how
they choose their food. Keep up the great work. The people you have on the show are interesting and the topics are
"I just wanted to pass along my deep seated thanks to all involved in
DD. The thanks is for a great program, that has opened my family's
eyes to the food industry, agri-business and the disgusting stuff that
is foisted on us as "food". Keep up the excellent journalism and I
hope you get recognized for it on a national and international level.
P.S. DD in part has been such an inspiration, that my family and I are
working on moving out to BC in the near future."
"I love your show. I just started reading/listening and am blown away by the topics covered."
"I just want to tell you how much I love your program. To know that someone is broadcasting about the issues
you cover gives me great hope. Your recent information on the grain CSA has peaked my interest in growing a small
crop of my own."
"I just discovered your show and I wanted to compliment you on it. I just listened to your recent show about the
organic program at Guelph - I think you did a fantastic job presenting the issue as well as the larger issue
surrounding it. I'm an American and I am definitely interested in learning more about what you guys do up north to
see if maybe there are some big ideas that we Americans are missing. You can certainly count me in as a regular
listener from now on."
"I have been listening to your podcast since 2 years ago and it has been eye-opening and jaw-dropping (not to
mention downright depressing at times) to say the least. For someone who is more health and environmentally
conscious than most - or so I thought - this podcast has made me realize how little we know, as public citizens
(and how much is hidden). It has made a significant impact on my life. I have made a conscious effort to become
vegan and now I spread the word to anyone who is willing to listen, in regards to the various issues addressed
in your podcast. When mainstream media fails to deliver (and in fact, misinform), it's independents like you that
provide the truth. Knowledge is power. When people have the knowledge, they are more equipped to make decisions. I
believe that in general, people are interested in making the correct decisions for their personal well-being, and
that of the animals and the planet we live on.
"I have learned so much from your podcast. I'm so lucky to have stumbled on it while searching through iTunes.
Thanks for all your hard work and effort to pass all this information on to others as far off as Falls Church,
Virginia, outside Washington, D. C."
"I subscribe to your podcast and listen to it on long car rides and on the metro, to mention just two spots. I can
confidently say that it has been a major factor in my decision to apply for apprenticeships on organic farms for
the upcoming season. It is especially the hopefulness and community building attested to by guests of yours such
as the grain CSA members, the woman featured on "So,
you want to become a farmer?", and the academic/doctor/farmer from the Kootenay Harvest
Revival that inspire me. Like the audience members you describe as espousing more of a "So, maybe I want to be
a farmer?" mantra, I don't know exactly whether farming and I will mesh. But, in part thanks to your show and the
other avenues for learning and exploration that it has pointed me down, I can see that the opportunities to create
a more just and sustainable food system are many and varied can be found on farm and off, and driven by eaters and
producers. They do not fit into a prefabricated mould, but rather flower where there is a synergy between need,
creativity, and will. Keep up the good work showcasing the need, creativity, and will of so many inspiring
Canadians. You do a great service to eaters everywhere."
"The Local Grain Revolution VII knocked me out with goodness! I
smiled, laughed out loud and was just generally pleased with having it
in my earphones. STEREO! I don't hold out much hope for the "Big Picture" of our western
society, but what I heard on March 5th was pure poetry. It is naive I
know, to find too much joy in such little things, but I do anyway, I
will plant a Deconstructing Dinner Bamboo on the Farm and watch it
blow in the wind, just like the sails on Kootenay Lake. Good Work!"
"I listen to your show and thank you for all the diligent work and research your shows communicate to
"Thank You So Much for all the inspiration in the field! We listen to your podcast
when doing just about anything on the farm. There are few sources of education so accessible
and well grounded that are satisfying by the end of the hour. You help quench our thirst for
current information and specifics - that really helps on the 'why are we doing this?' days,
keeps it on the tip of our tongue and strong in our hearts! Thanks So Much Jon & team - Keep
up the amazing work."
"I've been a huge fan of the show since I discovered it last summer and was one of
the biggest factors in getting me into food issues. Thanks to your show, I
got in touch with Jan Slomp from the National Farmers' Union who gave a talk on Food
Security at my church. It's a great show and I'd love to see it reach a larger audience."
"I just wanted to share with you how we have been airing Deconstructing Dinner these
past months. Back in the fall, an interview with a local farmer kicked off a grain theme
that focused on growing grain locally for people's consumption. That spurred running the the
series "The Local Grain Revolution". Last fall we began organizing a 2009 Winter "Food" Film
Series. In January we showed GOOD FOOD. In February we showed GARDENS OF DESTINY. We aired
the "Heritage Foods" broadcasts featuring segments of "Gardens of Destiny" the week leading
up to the movie. And as the movie is about "Saving Seeds", the weeks leading up to the movie
we started airing "The GMO Trilogy". From here we are going on to the series on "Deceivable
Dairy" and the one show specifically on "Eggs", following with the "Soil Matters" shows on
CSA's. This will allow us more breathing room to put together our own interviews; one with
our own local organic seed grower, and the other with a young couple that is taking over the
Lopez CSA and adding eggs from their 500 chickens to the venture. So it has been a wonderful
complementary weaving of broad and small insights. All of which feels close to home.
I am throughly enjoying listening to the podcasts and deciding what might fit with who
we are interviewing next."
"Deconstructing Dinner is an inspiration. I am inspired to push for a GE-Free Salmon
Arm. Should be fun and interesting. Hopefully you will be hearing more from me soon.
"Your show was what got me interested in food issues and food security, and I'm sure
I'm not the only one! Keep up the great work, because it's shows like this covering issues
like this that really make an impact!"
"Thank you for your thought provoking program and willingness to educate the general public about food
politics and food related issues during a particularly difficult period when our food supply system in
North America and around the world is in such serious jeopardy."
"Thank you so very much for all that you've done to spread the word re: the grain CSA in the Kootenays.
It's been a true inspiration for us as small-scale farmers."
"As an avid listener from Australia, to be precise the world famous wine region of the Barossa Valley in South
Australia, I must commend Jon and all involved in the show on a truly remarkable production that not only
inspires but questions. The questioning is correct and well slanted to give the answers we the people who
care should receive. I am spreading the word and know that I have succeeded in culivating one new fan who
has a very famous restaurant in Sydney and is at the forefront of sustainability in food. Me, I have my
beloved and over pampered organic vegtable garden and over 100 acres of vineyard attached to the winery which
we are treating with respect and doing everything as natural as possible whilst making sure we do not buy any
company's products that have in any way harmed or does not care for the enviroment. (Thanks for the tip about
one of them Percy!) Lets all be disciples and spread the word about the show."
"I love this program and have been busy spreading word of it over the past 2 years.
i'm trying to get our local radio station, WFIT melbourne florida, to carry it so more folks
around here can tune in. thanks so much for being out there and bringing consciousness to so many
"I have become an avid listener to the Deconstructing Dinner podcast
since I discovered a link from The Tyee this summer. Thank you for
creating a show that really takes the time to bite into an important
issue. It is refreshing in a time of corporate sound-bite media"
"Thank you so much for all your hard work, this show has literally changed the course of my life; in terms of
my own food choices, but also in terms of my career choices! Through the show I became aware of FarmFolk/CityFolk,
and through them I found out about S.O.I.L, and I am currently looking forward to beginning an apprenticeship on an
organic farm in the spring.
"Greetings from a listener down here in Lexington, Kentucky. I ran across your program a month or so ago,
and absolutely love it. I've been telling everyone I know about your show. Keep up the excellent work; you're doing
a great service to the human race, I mean it."
"I am finishing up my last year in Conservation Restoration Ecology at Laurentian University and my focus is
plant biology. I caught the last half of your program on Biodynamic and Microorganisms on our student radio station
CKLU yesterday morning. I decided to check out your website as I wanted to listen to the whole show. I listened to
maybe 3 of your programs yesterday while I was working on an assignment and I am pretty much addicted! I LOVE what
you guys are doing. I have sent a link to your website to all of my environmental friends and parents. I like that
it is educational and promotes accomplishments in the environmental community. Its also presented in a way that
everyone can understand. What you are doing is incredibly important! I am poor right now so but as soon as I
graduate and start working I promise to contribute to your radio station. For now I will advertise for you
because more people need to have access to this information."
"I want to say thank you for all your research and production. I believe you are making a big difference in the increasingly aware communities you reach."
"I listen to your show on Mondays on Brock Radio CFBU 103.7 from Brock University in St. Catharines, ON.
I first started listening a few weeks ago and love your show."
"Greetings from southern Idaho. I have recently heard your terrrific radio show and specifically the one
about the grain CSA. It is incredibly timely as we are working on putting together a grant to experiment with some
grains here on the small scale. I am a starting-out farmer working with draft horses and I was thrilled to hear
that one of the farmers in your project is working with horses also. I would love to get in touch with him and see
how it went for him and if he has any advice for me. I want to thank you for your show and the dedication you
obviously put into it."
"Love the site. Love the Show. I will be donating monthly. I'm doing a 6 page essay on the effects of GMO's
in the world economy and your show is helping me expand my thinking."
"Greetings to you from Cortes Island. Wanted to tell you how much we
love the show you help put together and host. Our local community
radio station has recently begun playing deconstructing dinner episodes
a couple of times a week, and we feel it helps ground the station's
airwaves. So who are we? Well, we're a bunch of farm students learning out here
at Linnaea farm. We find your show to be a wonderful complement to the
lessons we're learning out here on the farm. It puts a lot of our
lessons into perspective to see how people around us are putting the
same principles into practice, and to learn about how the many food
movements and their resistance are evolving around us."
"I'm a longtime podcast listener in Vancouver. My wife and I love your show and listen to it whenever we
prepare our supper. We both work in a poor neighbourhood of Vancouver and have noticed that most, if not all,
people on income assistance are forced to eat not only less food, but often food of very poor quality. This is
due, in part, to the local stores in these neighbourhoods (mostly convenience stores that sell junk food), the
expired or rotting food available at food banks, and the greasy, carb-rich food in soup kitchens. Combine this
with prevalent disease (HIV, Hepatitis, etc), and you get a recipe for very poor health. We would love to see a
show that spotlights poverty and food in Canada, but not just in urban areas. The same problems occur in the far
north. Keep up the amazing work!
"Deconstructing Dinner is one of the most awesome radio shows ever !!!! Thank you for encouraging all of us to
think more carefully about our precious food supply. I especially appreciated your focus on Cuba and their
agricultural revolution. Having recently returned from a humanitarian aid mission, necessary because of the
trade embargo enforced these 47+ years by American Foreign Policy, I can attest to Cuba's innovative and careful
conversion to organic and sustainable practices. Perhaps your listeners will be interested to know that the
organization I travelled with, Pastors for Peace (pastorsforpeace.org) are currently organizing a mini-caravan to
help the people rebuild after Hurricane Ike's visit. Apparently there was extensive agricultural damage, especially
in the eastern part of the island and along the southern coast. The pastors deliver goods directly to the people
with no government intervention and I feel confident that any support offered will be responsibly distributed.
Keep up the great work, Jon and the Deconstructing Dinner team!!
"I live in New York, and despite the physical distance between me and BC, I love listening to Deconstructing
Dinner and find the episode topics very applicable to my daily diet. After listening to the Grain CSA episode a
while back, I searched for local organic grain near me in the Hudson Valley. I found it at Wild Hive Farm! After
calling them up, I arranged to have them deliver grain, flour and bread orders once a month to the CSA I intern
at. Thanks for the continuing education!"
I am including an email I am sending to the pastors of my church because I see your organization taking care
of the environment (being world stewards) much better than our church does. Dear ____, Before I get to the
recording [Percy Schmeiser 07/10/08], I thought I would talk a second about the, I think un biased program Deconstructing Dinner,
www.deconstructingdinner.com They look at food from the stand point of being a steward of the world by trying to
take care of the land so we can feed the whole world. When I go to non Christian events I am frequently asked why
I stay with the Christian church. Most of these people came from church going families themselves but left because
they found the church irrelevant in respect to taking care of the planet and its people. I can not really disagree
with them on any of these complaints. If I occasionally heard from the pulpit talk about the importance of taking
care of the planet and trying to get the congregation to go along I would feel different. Hope we can talk about
this sometime. Any way getting back to the recording we talked about. I find this recording very interesting
because it shows to what lengths big corporations will go to make money, regardless of what it will do to consumers
health. I do not believe in Satin but Monsanto sure comes pretty close when it comes to trying to destroy small
farmers. If you take the time to listen I think you will feel as strong on this as I do. Find out what they tried
to do to Percy Schmeiser. They spent millions of dollars trying to destroy him and farmers in general. If you find
this interesting you can find many un biased health programs at the web site.
"I sincerely love your program. You introduced me to a whole
new field which now occupies a good deal of my time due to its
importance. You are owed a great debt of gratitude, and I want to
express mine at this point. A thousand thanks for what I am sure took you
a lot of hard work to get started in the first place and now to
continue. When I've been very interested in something I've gone back and listened
again. I've never erased some of your programs because I've felt they
were so important that I've wanted to have them for reference."
"I wanted to say thank you for for producing the backbone of information, which, besides Leopold,
contributed to the article being
published in the link. Your posters are displayed on the windows of our deli
business, and represent part of the message we have to increase significant individuals with significant
information. In Good Soil."
"I just wanted to say, first off, that I LOVE the show. I was immediately hooked after my first episode
and I now subscribe to the podcast! So, thanks for that. I think that work and research that gets put into these
shows is phenomenal and ever so helpful, particularly where we stand now in the midst of a global food crisis. It
is becoming increasingly crucial to spread awareness about food security, and for me, Deconstructing Dinner,
provides an awesome wealth of information as well as a launching pad from which I'm able to further investigate
topics that are presented on the show.
"The American government is pushing GMO and terminator seeds as a military weapon to dominate global politics."
"I have been listening to your show via podcast for a few months now and have downloaded most of the
episodes. As a foodie always interested in learning more about food issues I want to thank you for providing
people with a well developed, in depth and informative show. I have shared your website with my friends and
students, and have supported some of the businesses you profiled. I plan to make my first purchase of Capulin
coffee this week and am looking forward to trying it. After listening to your show on Omega 3 fatty acids a
host of questions came to mind. Grass-fed eggs and meat suddenly become more important than any other label like
free-range, all-natural, etc. I called a local egg provider that I was considering buying from and learned that
while they are hormone and antibiotic free the chickens are fed a grain diet. I don't know where to find natural
feed free-range eggs or chicken that eat bugs and grass. Also, not wanting to use Crisco or other vegetable oils
in baking, the question came, where can I find organic grass-fed lard? I'm searching for that as well, but don't
know if the only organic slaughter facility in Michigan renders that product. I can't imagine there is much
demand for lard with the current (flawed) wisdom on fats still prevailing, but maybe that will change. Anyway,
listening to your show has given me a lot of work to do, but it's something I really enjoy, and I hope to pass on
this information to others, and maybe discover a new business opportunity along the way. Thanks again and I hope
the show is doing well!
"I am a subscriber via your podcasts. I just wanted to write and say "Thank You" for the extraordinary work
you are doing on your show. I have not seen anyone browse such important issues with such depth. Deconstructing
Dinner is covering the very issues that can advance our world and our quality of living."
"You did a great show recently on livestock--actually I've been enjoying all of your shows, but that one
hit home as we just this weekend slaughtered a lamb at a farm nearby, and a had a great bbq the next night. Thanks for the great listening.
"Deconstructing Dinner has brought me a greater variety of news and opinion surrounding the food I consume
and the people and companies that make it than I dreamed was out there."
"I would just like to thank you for the wonderful work that you are doing on your program. I have been
listening to it on campus radio at the University of New Brunswick. I don't get to listen to it very often because
I live out on an old farm doing the whole "back to basics" thing. Because of your program about coffee I have
gotten in touch with Daniel Fourwinds from Capulin Coffee and are both working very hard at bringing his coffee and
message to the east coast. Well again thank you for your work and dedication, keep up the great work."
"I'm a new listener via The Tyee. Going through your archives has been a great experience, you've put together an incredible information resource in Deconstructing Dinner."
"I have listened to every episode and look forward to a new show every Friday. I love to listen to the show as I
putter around my "Urban Garden". Thank-you so much to opening my eyes to so many issues."
"I'm a researcher and activist on food issues from Melbourne, Australia. I've just discovered your terrific
radio program and downloaded a few episodes, and just wanted to say I'm very impressed. We don't have any radio
program like it over here, and I like the range of issues you cover as well as your food politics."
"I believe that this program should be in syndication to PBS, Radio Netherlands, Deutsche Welle and CBC.
It has the quality and interest focus increasingly appropriate to mainstream media as they attempt to catch up
with the rapidly developing farm food crisis."
"Good Stuff! I enjoy the show. More than enjoy it, I relish it. I have been working back through the
archive since I found the show last Winter. I listen while I weed, listen while I plant, in the sun and in the
shade. The more that I listen, the more impressed I am with Jon Steinman and the writers/thinkers that are
represented. The guys that I work with on our "Beyond Organic" farm in coastal Texas, think that the
headphones are now growing forth from my head. Our farm, where we produce fresh bamboo shoots as well as a
list of Sustainably grown produce is the only of it's kind on the continent.
"I love your show, and listening to new episodes is just about the only thing that gets me through the long
afternoons at work. Thanks very much for all your interesting and insightful programming! Keep it coming!"
"I just wanted to let you know how much I love the show. I was searching for podcasts on the topics
of food and farming, and was giddy with excitement when I came across
"Deconstructing Dinner". I started with the first show and have been
listening to them all. You do an excellent job covering the wide range
of topics related to local food and food security. I love the shows on
local food producers and also the exposes on the large corporations. I
especially love the ones that showcase local producers, CSAs, chefs,
food co-ops and their philosophies and how they can make a living doing
what they do. Thank you also for bringing attention to the issues of the
conditions that confinement animals are subjected to, be they dairy
cows, pigs, or laying hens, and the much more healthful and sustainable
options of pastured and free-range animals. I could go on...I love all
the shows and topics so far. Thank you for producing such an important and interesting show, and
please keep up the good work!"
"I'm a big fan of your show, I listen every week on my ipod on the way to school. Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast,
my dad created a beautiful 10 acre organic farm in Gibsons. After avoiding the farm for years, I've finally grown an appreciation for
what my family has done, not only for our family, but also for the community and, in the bigger picture, the cause. Keep up the
excellent work on the show, it's relevant to today and interesting, as well as an unique source for news."
"Just a note to state that WRFA-LP in Jamestown, New York, continues
to LOVE the program. The range of topics, your commentary, the
interviews - it is an excellent show. On a personal note...
[in reference to Packaged Foods Exposed series] We went to do some grocery shopping, and my
wife said we should pick up some Breyers ice Cream, since we almost
always get that at home (we're somewhat south of Buffalo,NY). "No!" I
told her. It isn't the same stuff. It isn't the same people. I
explained what I had heard on Deconstructing Dinner, and then we
looked at the label together. She gasped at the ingredients! We ended
up with some gelato with a very short ingredient list, of good stuff.
"I just wanted to say thanks for your work with Deconstructing Dinner.
As a program manager for a small non-profit in Charleston, South
Carolina focused on reconnecting our local food system here in the
Lowcountry it is great to follow and learn from much of the work done
and challenges faced in this very current and pressing field
throughout the states and Canada. I just wanted to take a second to
say you all do a great job. It is encouraging to hear that we face
many of the same challenges that growers around the world face, and
that the work we are all doing will provide real and measurable
impacts to the way our cultures conceptualize agriculture and how best
to raise and source it."
"I am really supportive of FOOD, ENERGY and ECONOMIC security. Your show IS a great resource. Vote change."
"Thankyou thankyou thankyou for all that you are holding and bringing forth on behalf of all of us and the
"I came across the Deconstructing Dinner website about a month ago and so excited! I am very thankful
that your shows are available in the archive and that they can be downloaded. So very informative and thorough
discussions on such a wide variety of topics relating to that one thing that keeps me going - FOOD! Thank you
for your spirited hard work in these matters."
"It's been a few months now that I have been listening fanatically to your
show some times even 2 or 3 times in a row, to make sure I got it!!!
I have been talking about you, this amazing show of yours and of course the
various contents of it... I have to admit that I am totally addicted to it, you've enlightened my
perspectives, it was all dark and desolated, and now, I can see how to
participate in to the changes that are needed, I am starting to grow my food
in my front yard and am right now dreaming of finding a little virgin lot
inside my city (portland or) to grow more food so I could distribute it to
my community, for free to the needy would be ideal..."
"I'd like to thank you for all the incredible shows. I've had time to listen to more of your shows over the
internet this winter. It certainly lifts me up and re-inspires me to continue with this little farming endeavour.
The amount of time and research you put into the shows are amazing. I look forward to listening to more shows and
learning more, not only about the problems, but your examples of many of the possible solutions to our screwed up
"I am a frequent listener of your show. For some time I've wanted to
write and thank you for the work you are doing in advocacy and
connecting people, ideas and initiatives. I worked previously in
collage radio and thought then that it would make a lot of sense to
syndicate quality shows across multiple collage radio stations - it
is great you have been able to do this with your show!"
"I have been listening to the show via podcast, and I really appreciate it. You have consistently brought forward
excellent topics in an in-depth and thought-provoking way. Thank you for doing so."
"I was so inspired by the Future of Food Conference that you have been
airing parts of on your show that we are starting to plan for a state-wide
conference here in Vermont along those lines. We have also been inspired by
your shows on GE Free zones and I am working with someone in our town to
start a dialog about a GMO-free Mad River Valley (which is the community
where I live). Your show is quite inspiring!"
"Absolutely amazing show you do, and so important in this day and age. Thanks
very much for you good work. I'd like to ask if you will be doing a show focusing in on Nanofoods?
Apparently they are already on the shelves in the stores but I've heard no mention of them on DDinner.
Would be a good subject to investigate... soon!
"I love the show and have been listening to lots of the podcasts since my wife discovered them. We live in Louisiana, close to the Gulf of Mexico, and I am wondering if you know of any podcasts similar to yours that address mainly issues in the U.S? Either way, I'll keep listening to your podcast.
Thanks and keep the shows coming"
"I've been an avid listener almost since the beginning of your show. You have inspired me to launch back into
the whole field of local food production and security. As a father of 3, I think it's the most important thing
I can do for my childrens' increasingly troubled future."
"I first became aware of your excellent journalistic work through listening to your podcasts while I was
preparing to go to Argentina, where I was working on a documentary film on urban agriculture for a few weeks this
past May. I was very pleased to find deep treatment of many critical issues, and noted substantial resonance with
my existing knowledge regarding the uses of agricultural products in trade, and the devastating food security,
cultural, and economic impacts. Your work was invaluable for me, because of it's content but also because of it's
format. I was much better prepared for my journey because of the much broader information I had about current
issues in agriculture in general than I would have been without your podcast."
"Thank you for DD and for changing our lives in a positive way. Your show is not only important and
relevant but one of the most professional examples of good broadcasting that I can think of."
"Hi! First of all thanks for a key show. I just moved
from Eugene, Oregon (where we have Biodeisel Gas
Stations) to Guelph, Ontario (3 months ago) and you
guys are the first ones I've finally heard ask the
great question: "How much petrol does it take to make
a gallon of Biodiesel?" Thank You so much, I've been
asking the same thing for years and the reality is
"I am an Australian who has spent almost 10 months travelling and being inspired by the ideas and work going
on by great people, such as yourself, around BC. My eyes have been open to many new concepts, particularily
concerning food, and I contribute much of this learning to DD. I first came upon your show during a workshop you
conducted at the Shambhala festival earlier this year, and since then, have been accessing and enjoying many of
the DD podcasts. So, just two days away from my return to Australia, I wanted to touch base with you in the hope
that I could somehow bring your show and/or ideas to my home country, in the hope of creating more awareness about
global and national food systems. I´m (unfortunately) unaware of many of the current initiatives going on in
Australia, but am very motivated upon my return to become involved and educated".
"I love your show and never miss it, I have learned so much from this
program and hope it remains on the air for years to come."
"One of my few MUST listen shows. This show is very well produced, with a solid mix of narration, interviews
and music. It is able to draw the connection between energy, climate, food, politics and economics like no other
program, film or book I have ever read. I recommend it to all my friends. The show has changed the way I look at
the world and, most importantly, the way I eat. Thanks to everyone involved. I cannot recommend a podcast more
than Deconstructing Dinner."
"First, I'd like to say that since I stumbled upon Deconstructing Dinner last year on Radio4All, I've
listened to every broadcast and it has literally changed my life. It is a guiding light and I am now seriously
considering a career in food and education. In the meantime, I have started a blog
http://mindfulindividual.wordpress.com as I wanted to write about the challenges of being a conscious eater.
"Eye-opening, well researched examination of food production & consumption. This impressively produced exploration
of the politics and ecology of food production and consumption goes into fascinating detail with each of the widely
varying topics it covers. Every episode delivers several new insights and revelations about the fundamental
interaction between human beings and our planet that is defined by what and how we eat."
"Valuable information, professionally done, easy to listen to. Very valuable information even for those of
us far away as California. Excellent format and professionally presented."
"If you eat food…LISTEN!!! This weekly radio show digs deep into the issues surrounding the food we eat.
Arm yourself with knowledge. You won't hear about these profound topics on the evening news. Produced in Canadian
but the issues and insights apply to any industrialized society."
"Just wanted to let you know you have a growing listener base in the U.S. as well. I've been a steady
listener for about 8 months now and have found the program to be tremendously valuable. Just linked to your
site as well due to my keen interest in the "Slow Is Beautiful" episode. Thanks."
"Thank you for your great radio show! I think it's great - all the issues of social justice and
environmental-awareness you raise!
"Hello Deconstructing Dinner...first let me tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate and am inspired by your
show! Ever since I read Fast Food Nation in school I've been fascinated with food politics and the global food
fight. I just graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Human Rights and History and I would like to
continue my studies at the Ryerson Food Security certificate program starting next year."
"Big up!" to all that you are doing with Deconstructing Dinner. I have listened intently to your passion
and have been moved many, many times. I have been a chef for over 15 years and have been speaking the same
truth that you share. Beyond just talking, I feel now is the time for me to join in and actively do what I can."
"I want to thank you for a fabulous and important show. I listen to it
on CFUV here in Victoria and I regularly tell people about it. I rank
it up there with Democracy Now! as one of the most important
politically minded shows out there"
"I have been listening to your show for a few months now on CHLY in Nanaimo.
It is a model show for community radio and would stand well in comparison with the
best professionally produced shows on the CBC and BBC. Thank you for your vision
and hard work!"
"It's so heartening to know that intelligent/meaningful programming is being
produced on community/campus radio stations in Canada. Such media gives me hope!"
"I just discovered the podcast of your show, and I'm going through as
many of your broadcasts per day as I can (to catch up)! I'm delighted
to have found a program with so much information about the food system.
Even though I live in San Diego, California, your information is fully
relevant, and I am really happy to have it."
"I listen to the podcast of your show religiously. Thanks a lot.
Cheers from an american fan of DD."
"Hey, I love the show, I download every single episode from radio4all. DD is also one of the shows I include when I
make a compilation of programs for friends and loved ones who like to listen to radio like I do. It is always a
real attention grabber for my smart acquaintances. Keep up the good work... Now get us up that show pronto,
I'll make my CD Sunday after Unwelcome Guests is posted, such is my ritual, and if there's no DD I may weep, as
a sensitive Southerner."
"Thanks for what may well be the most important radio program in north America."
"You guys have such a wonderful show. Thank you so much for what you do- all of you, and all of the
time you put into it. This show today was the best I have heard-they are all great shows, but this one truly
resonated with me, which is what made me feel like I should write and thank you guys. Know that your awakening
words reach and help people all around a world even if they don't hear your broadcast; and strike people even
way down here at the bottom of the US. Thank you again.
"It's making a massive contribution to the national debate on these issues - thank you for this!"
"I just wanted to thank you for your incredible work with Deconstructing
Dinner. I have been a loyal listener for a couple of years
now and finally got a chance to check out your website - Awesome!
As a gardener myself, I appreciate everything your show offers and the
way it is presented. It is pleasing to see so many other stations
picking up on your intelligent offering - I am sure it is only a matter
of time until people everywhere are listening to your show - Keep up
the good work!"
"I would like to thank you for the best radio program I have had the pleasure to listen to. I have downloaded all
of the archived programs and I listen to at least one a day."
"First of all I want to thank you for creating, continuing and distributing your show to so many
community based radio stations around B.C. I try to live by your show these days. You along with the people
you promote on your show have made me want to grow a garden, recycle the seeds and eat within 100 miles of
"I really appreciate the work you're doing, very inspiring!"
"Thanks for such an informative program."
"I just listened to my first "Deconstructing Dinner" - and was blown away! I really enjoyed the content.
Congratulations - both on coming up with the concept and executing it in such fine fashion. The only problem is
having to listen to it on my computer; couldn't you broadcast through a radio station in my area, or even better,
on the CBC? Your program is more interesting than much of what they produce."
"I recently heard one of your programmes on a local radio station here in Wellington [New Zealand] and then went to
your website and signed up for the podcast. It's excellent! Thanks so much for your efforts."
"I discovered your radio show upon my return from a 5,000 mile bicycle farm tour from Virginia to Oregon between
June and October of this past year during which I recorded interviews and wrote a weekly newspaper column. Now I'm
in graduate school pursuing a research thesis in Agroecology and Farm Policy, writing extensively, and beginning
to think about how to produce and release some local radio stories. I'm having an incredible time immersing myself
in the process. Getting to know your show and then learning a bit about your rapid rise has poured fuel on the flames
of this passion."
"Thank you for creating your show. The level of expertise you present on the show, and your professionalism
is outstanding. As a vegan who rarely shops outside of our local coop, I appreciate you for bringing forth
information on topics as diverse as distance food travels from farm to table including to what lengths chefs
(conscientious cooks) will go to use locally grown food, to the influence on the Olympics (A Dinner Date with
the Olympics) by both Coca-Cola and McDonalds, as examples. My wife and I are always challenged to think of new
issues surrounding our food and community every time we listen to Deconstructing Dinner. We listen to your
show both from your archives and on our local low-power FM station, KOWA 106.5-LP. I share Deconstructing
Dinner with as many people as possible through the archives. Please keep up the great work that you are doing.
I've never heard any other media production like it. Thanks again."
"I love your show. Thank you so much for putting this together. SOOO NEEDED!
It's inspired me to think in the permaculture/sustainable agriculture way
for our town and how I can gather people to make it happen."
"I love your show! Deconstructing Dinner is timely and much needed-- also very well produced and
edited. It is a pleasure to listen, and I learn wonderful and terrible new things every time I hear the show."
"I think you are single handedly raising the profile of campus and community radio in
"I recently found your podcast and have been enjoying intermittent nonstop sessions listening
to the show. The info, while BC specific, is obviously applicable outside of BC as well. Anyway, I could
probably ramble on for some time and come up with no better words than a simple "Thank you.""
"I've sent many people to the Web site to listen to the fine
series you are producing and listen to segments on my long walks (always
grateful for the modern technology that allows that)"
"I'm writing to compliment you on your top quality radio show. It is
consistently excellent. My roommate and I sit and listen to your shows, we
are almost through them all."
"Thanks for the incredible work you are doing with your weekly production, "Deconstructing Dinner". The quality
of your program along with all of the research required to produce such a weekly show is to be commended. I listen
to your program on Co-op Radio in Vancouver."
"I look forward to your program every week on CHLY"
"Long time listener, first time emailer...Great show! One of the best shows I've ever heard produced in Canada."
"I have paid a lot more for courses from which I have learned a lot less"
"Great idea. It should be a national show."
"Eating with the fullest pleasure - pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance - is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend." - Wendell Berry
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." - Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
"In order to change something, don't struggle to change the existing model. Create a new model and make the old one obsolete." - Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
"I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite." - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
"If there is any truth to the cliché you are what you eat, then we should be honest about the fact that most of us do not have the slightest idea what we are." - Wendell Berry
"The transition to a fossil-fuel-free food system does not constitute a distant utopian proposal. It is an unavoidable, immediate, and immense challenge that will call for unprecedented levels of creativity at all levels of society... A hundred years from now, everyone will be eating what we today would define as local organic food, whether or not we act. But what we do now will determine how many will be eating, what state of health will be enjoyed by those future generations, and whether they will live in a ruined cinder of a world, or one that is in the process of being renewed and replenished." - Richard Heinberg
"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Gussow
"One of the questions I am frequently asked when I am speaking in various countries is, Given the environmental problems that the world is facing, can we make it? That is, can we avoid economic decline and civilizational collapse? My answer is always the same: it depends on you and me, on what you and I do to reverse these trends. It means becoming politically active. Saving our civilization is not a spectator sport." - Lester Brown
"Before you've finished your breakfast this morning, you'll have relied on half the world" - Martin Luther King Jr.(1929-1968)
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience" - James Beard (1903-1985)
"The fork is the most dangerous weapon in the arsenal of homo sapiens. We're digging more graves with our fork than any other tool that is out there." - Howard Lyman
"I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else." - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
"Life is so brief that we should not glance either too far backwards or too far forwards… therefore study how to fix our happiness in our glass and in our plate." - Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
"How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?" - Charles DeGaulle (1890-1970)
"The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients." - Urbain Dubois (1818-1901)
"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it; and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied; and it is all one." - M. F. K. Fisher (The Art of Eating)
"To free ourselves from the thought traps - to bridge the painful disconnect between our inner and outer worlds - my hunch at age 26 was that food is a perfect starting place. Because food is our most primal need and our common bond to the earth and one another, it can ground us as we stretch ourselves to draw in all the interlaced threads - so we can weave a whole, meaningful picture for ourselves." - Frances Moore-Lappé
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for." - Epicurus (340-271 B.C.E.)
"Wisest is he who knows what he does not know." - Plato (428/7-348/7 B.C.E.)
"Here is this vast, savage, howling mother of ours, Nature, lying all around, with such beauty, and such affection for her children, as the leopard; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man - a sort of breeding in and in, which produces... a civilization destined to have a speedy limit." - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
"We have not inherited this earth from our ancestors, we have borrowed it from our children." - unknown (ancient proverb)
"Imagine your ideal world, and imagine how people would act in it. Now start acting that way right now." - John Holt (1923-1985)
"To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right." - Confucius (ca.551-479 B.C.E.)
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
"Caring about something larger than yourself, having something you believe in that gets you up in the morning - that is not about making money and not about advancing your career, but about something else - is the best thing you can do for your mental and physical health. Get out there and be part of something wonderful. Get out and fight for social justice. It will make your day." - Maude Barlow
"Clear your mind of old perspectives, and new perceptions will rush in. Yet, there is nothing we fear more." - Dee Hock
"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands." - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Jay (Aug. 23, 1785)
"Look at food as a part of yourself" - Jon Steinman
"The center of the body is the kitchen" - Jon Steinman
"Open all senses to the food before you. Listen to the sound from the knife as it slices. Listen to the sizzle in the pan, the bubbling in the pot. Smell the aromas in the air, the scent on the hands. Look at the beauty of that which nature has provided. Stare at the food on the plate and trace its evolution to the point of consumption. Touch the skin of the tomato and sink the fingers into its flesh. Hold the bread in the hand and feel its temperature transfer into the body. Let the food rest on the tongue. Allow it to come into contact with every eager tastebud. Breathe in the air and let it enhance the flavour. Close the eyes, shut the ears, and let the food in the mouth become a part of your being. Feel the food inside the body as it makes its way to the stomach. Taste the flavours that remain in the mouth. Think of nothing else but the food before you. Repeat." - Jon Steinman
"Nurture nature and nature will nurture you"
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