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Dr. Geoff Shester, Program Director for California, at Oceana discusses the findings of their recently released report on the 9 dirtiest fisheries in America - two of them right off of our California Coast and in our foodshed. California is the last state allowing drift gill nets off of our coast and the results are horrifying. In the report titled Wasted Catch: Unsolved Bycatch Problems in U.S. Fisheries, Oceana explains that despite significant progress in the last decade, the catch of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, or “bycatch”, remains a significant problem in domestic fisheries. In fact, researchers have estimated that approximately 20 percent of the total U.S. catch is thrown away each year.
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Winemaker and mushroom master, Jim Olsen, co-hosted with Robin Carpenter today as they discussed our first time ever many months late mushroom season. First time any of us have had the chance to eat fresh asparagus and fresh porcini at the same time. The porcinis are usually a fall delicacy and the asparagus came in several weeks early! Our foragers along the coast are experiencing the beginning of new weather patterns and it calls more deeply on their observational skills and adaptability.We also had some call-ins from speakers scheduled at EarthDay Marin John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project, Julian Birnbaum co-author of Sustainable Revolution, and Hannah Doress the organizer for Earthday Marin.
With the recent announcement by Marin Sun Farms that they feel with the drought that they must carry other brands of beef than 100% grassfed, we invited Marilyn Noble of the American Grassfed Association along with 100% Grassfed only folks to discuss how producers dedicated to 100% grassfed deal with droughts. Wendy Millet is the Director of Tomkat Ranch Educational Foundation and Leftcoast Grassfed and she joined us along with Joe Morris of Morris Grassfed. This fascinating discussion delves into the challenges and solutions of dealing with both the logistical and economic issues that come up regarding grassfed as well as why it healthy for the planet and our bodies
Inspired by Darina Allen, Ireland's Alice Waters, and other Irish friends and family, we discussed soda bread and other traditional Irish foods and recipes. In the second half of the show we talked about the Celtic traditions of cattle herding at the root of our American cattle tradition including the iconic Western Cowboy.
Guests Doniga Markegard of Markegard Family Grassfed and Dede Moreda a local dairy family that will be doing a home dairy if AB2505 passes. This bill grew out of three years of negotiation between dairy owners and state regulators and would sanction direct-to-consumer raw milk sales by all dairies with a maximum of three milk-producing cows or fifteen goats. Doniga has been working on this from the beginning as part of the Small Herd Working Gorup which was formed when the CDFA, filed cease-and-desist orders against a number of tiny dairies that were selling raw milk privately, via herdshare arrangements. Dede Moreda is one of the local diary families that will benefit from its passage.