The Just Food Podcast

We are pleased to introduce Just Food, a new 6-part podcast series about cultivating justice and health, produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism.

Listen to the series below, or find Just Food on Soundcloud, iTunes, or the Apple Podcasts app.

Pilot: Harvesting Equitable Food

EFI is a certification program improving working conditions.
Release Date: April 18, 2017

We explore a new, opt-in certification program for farms. The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a unique collaboration between workers, growers, and retailers that improves working conditions, pesticide management, and food safety—producing better fruits and vegetables while providing farm workers with higher pay and greater protections.

Listen to Episode 1 here.

Feeling the Sting: What Can Be Done to Protect Pollinators

The farm is full of native pollinators, such as this bumble bee.
Release Date: September 21, 2017

We learn about how California agriculture has been impacted by dwindling bee populations and what farms can do in response—not only to protect honeybees, but also to restore native pollinator species.

Listen to Episode 2 here.

Leveling the Playing Field: The Berkeley Soda Tax

Youth Environmental Academy volunteers work at different outreach events to teach the community about the adverse health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and share healthier food options. Photo by the Ecology Center.
Release Date: October 5, 2017

We follow the story of the nation’s first sugar-sweetened beverage tax here in Berkeley—from how the measure came into law in 2014 to how the tax and the revenue it generates are shaping the health of Berkeley residents today.

Listen to Episode 3 here.

The Changemakers of CHAMACOS: Pesticides and Public Health

COSECHA Youth Researchers.
Release Date: October 19, 2017

A longitudinal study called CHAMACOS has been measuring the impact of pesticides on child development for over 15 years. We hear from high school students in Salinas, California who are working with UC Berkeley scientists to learn more about how agricultural chemicals affect the health of their community.

Listen to Episode 4 here.

Healthy Soil in Richmond’s Concrete Jungle

Release Date: November 2, 2017

A common and significant challenge for urban agriculture is the health of the farm’s soil. Often, the land has been used for different purposes over the years, possibly contaminating the soil or stripping its nutrients. We follow the journey of UC Berkeley soil scientists and Urban Tilth—a nonprofit based in Richmond, California—as they work together to transform a vacant plot into a working farm.

Listen to Episode 5 here.

CalFresh on Campus: Breaking the Stigma of Food Insecurity

Release Date: November 16, 2017

California consistently has one of the lowest enrollment rates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—also known as CalFresh at the state level. This issue of low participation extends to college campuses, where food insecurity levels are disproportionately high. We learn about recent measures taken by the California government and UC Berkeley to get more students enrolled in CalFresh.

Listen to Episode 6 here.