By Leanne Schaeken, Food, History, Economics
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At The SMART Seed we tell stories about food. We use food as a jumping off point into the fascinating realms of history, economics, and society. For example: Black Pepper could just be a ubiquitous spice that is on my kitchen table. Or, black pepper could be the ubiquitous spice that is on my table and is also responsible, in part, for European Imperialism and the reshaping of our world map. In one scenario food could just be what we eat. In the other, it represents our past and who we are.
||CleanChina, Britain, and the Poppy - TheSMARTSeed||For s***s and giggles, let’s say that I, hypothetically of course, lived on a farm, a peach farm to be exact. I’ve picked all of my peaches and counted out the ones that I would need for canning. After I’ve done my counting I have two bushels of p||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe indifference to an always has been, but shouldn’t be, humble liquid. - TheSMARTSeed||I’m indifferent. I guess that is the best word I have, and, surely, it can be argued that this is the worst type of being. To have no passion, no hate, no love, no opinion of one thing or another. To simply be uninterested, so much so,||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Ironic Nostalgia for Iceberg Lettuce - TheSMARTSeed||“I appreciate camping, but that doesn’t mean I like it.” A couple of weeks ago, as we struck down our tent in Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park just off of the St. Lawrence river in Quebec those words could not possibly hold more truth for me.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBasil, Language, & A Myth or Two - TheSMARTSeed||Once upon a time there was a farmer whose name was Rod. Rod was a pilot who also happened to be an organic farmer. He grew 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork, chickens and eggs, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, and basil. Oh,||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeaweed: A Complicated Relationship You Didn’t Know You Had - TheSMARTSeed||I had once gone to a wedding in upstate New York. After the ceremony, a dance, and the presentation of food, it was time for the speeches. The best man stood up and went to the microphone to say a little something about the groom,his brother.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Unfortunate Case of the Sweet Potato & Yam Debacle - TheSMARTSeed||If you’ve ever had the pleasure or misfortune of getting stuck in a conversation with me, you might notice one thing. I most always say, “Well, I think.” or “Well, I’m pretty sure.” I don’t tend to talk in certainties.||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCashews: When Opportunity Strikes - TheSMARTSeed||My all time favourite political show is Power & Politics with Rosemary Barton on CBC. I’ve been watching the show, on and off, for the past ten years all the way back to a time when Power & Politics was just called “Politics” and Don Newman was th||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarley and Oats: The Lost Hope - TheSMARTSeed||Our fears reveal quite a lot about us. It reveals our biases, our phobias, weaknesses, and our privilege. What we fear sheds a light on the worst part of us. The really ugly part. There are conversations that I have had that come to mind. However,||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBurdock: Everywhere & Nowhere - TheSMARTSeed||If you walked past the farmhouse, past the barns, and manure pits, along the line of birch trees you would find what we called “The Gully”-- a wooded ravine that spanned acres wide. A tractor trail knifed its way down, across the creek,||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Pepper: The Stories We Tell - TheSMARTSeed||We all have a story that we would like to tell. The stories we choose to tell to our friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers say a lot about how we would like to be seen. In marketing terms, our stories help create our brand.||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Knights Templar & The Avocado Green Rush - TheSMARTSeed||In 1099, a group of knights traveled to the Holy Land, banded together in a mission to protect Christian Pilgrims from pirates and gangs. These knights called themselves the “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon.” Obviously,||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCoconuts For You - TheSMARTSeed||- Coconut farmers don’t make a lot of money. In fact on average they make so little that I really should stop complaining about how much I make. Approximately 60% of small-scale coconut farmers live in poverty.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sexualization of the Eggplant - TheSMARTSeed||Alright, so if we really wanted to be accurate than using a Globe Eggplant emoji as a metaphor for male genitalia is probably not the most appropriate shape. Now, if you used a Japanese Eggplant emoji, which is longer and uniformly thinner,||9/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Orange & The Pest - TheSMARTSeed||It’s called the Asian Citrus Psyllid. It’s about 3 to 4 millimeters long with a long brown spotted body. A bit of an ugly little bug, and it is currently playing havoc on our citrus trees. https://www.morningagclips.||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuinoa: A Lost Seed - TheSMARTSeed||Quinoa. Or, as my 2009 past self would have pronounced it Qi-no-a is perhaps the quintessential healthy food. Praised and exalted by patchouli scented foodies for the past couple of decades, quinoa, has all the qualities the health food scene desires.||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlanned Obsolescence & Our Consumerist Economy - TheSMARTSeed||It was in 1932 when a real estate broker, Bernard London, self-published an essay called Ending the Depression through Planned Obsolescence. London may or may not have coined the phrase; yet, he has certainly been given the credit for verbalizing this .||7/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s a Conundrum: The Pig and Us - TheSMARTSeed||- For my own well being I should mention, first, that unequivocally my mom is and always has been a good cook. For sure, there were a few experiments that went awry, but on the whole we ate exceptionally well. That is except for the pork chops.||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnecdotes: Our Periods and the Menstrual Cup - TheSMARTSeed||About a year ago I came across a Canadian charitable organization called--Femme International. An NGO working in Kenya and Tanzania committed to advancing the rights of women and girls through targeted programs that focus on menstruation,||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rise of the Peanut - TheSMARTSeed||Peanuts are pretty ubiquitous. Whether roasted, boiled, or as an oil, we consume peanuts in a variety of manners. This nut that is a legume rather than a nut has, over the past 150 years, infiltrated our cultural arena.||5/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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The Smart Seed is a fascinating podcast! I so enjoy hearing about the history and cultural influence of all these different foods. My favourite episode has been Barley & Oats! Leanne's conversational style is easy to listen to and the episodes cover a variety of interesting topics! I definitely recommend :)
An intriguing podcast!!
The Smart Seed podcast takes my food queries to the next level by shedding a light on some interesting topics. Can't wait for more!