October 25, 2021
"[Hope] is a key source of energy to enable us to seek solutions together." -Frances Moore Lappé Hope is different from faith in that we need to act in hope as opposed to just having faith that everything will be okay. But in acting, when it comes to food, we are doing so and operating in a system where we know too much about food and the pesticides in our food system, the inequity, and injustice. So how can we have hope and what is hope? For the ancient Greeks, "Hope" was a type of self-deception; one of the evils…Listen
July 13, 2021
"We're fighting for a worldview. We're fighting for a different version of what it means to be human on the planet. We're fighting for a different version of what just relations look like between the human and non-human world." -Julian Aguon Guam is the secret ingredient for our conversation with indigenous human rights lawyer and author of The Properties of Perpetual Light, Julian Aguon. In his book, Aguon takes us on a dreamlike journey past the horrors and indignation of his colonized home to illuminate the beauty, the generative ecosystem, and indigenous knowledge that can quite literally be the perpetual…Listen
July 15, 2020
"How do we build these understandings from a decolonial, antiracist and antipatriarchal basis? How do we build real solidarity bridges that do not replicate patronising structures of power? How can we learn and build with those who have resisted and re(x)isted, in order to open new imaginaries to heal mother earth, the other, and ourselves?" Rita Valencia and Charlotte Sáenz These are just some of the questions we explore with Rita Valencia and Charlotte Sáenz on this edition of The Secret Ingredient with Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy. Rita Valencia has been working for several years with the…Listen
In each episode of The Secret Ingredient, we find a new way to think about the ways we eat everyday. Hosts Raj, Tom and Rebecca talk with the people whose life’s work has been to understand the complex systems of production, distribution, marketing and impact these foods have on our lives. Join us, and dig in! We won’t tell you what to eat, but we will tell you why you’re eating it.
Raj is an award winning food writer, activist and academic. The author of “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System,” and his latest, “The Value of Nothing,” is a New York Times best-seller.
Tom is an award winning food writer for Mother Jones, who’s ground-breaking work on almonds exposed a myriad of environmental and ethical issues around almond production in California.
Rebecca is an executive producer and host for KUT Radio in Austin, Texas. She is the co-creator, producer and host of various podcasts and shows including, Views and Brews, Two Guys on Your Head, Liner Notes, The Write Up, and The Secret Ingredient.