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Farmers' markets are growing like weeds in California, with 719 certified statewide and more than 300 in LA, Orange and Ventura Counties. Participating farmers are supposed to sell fresh produce they grow themselves, sometimes without chemicals. However not everybody obeys the rules. With state and local agricultural agencies short of resources, some markets try to police themselves. We look at how that's working out and ask why farmers' markets are so popular in the first place. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, drought, economic speculation and climate change are threatening a worldwide food shortage, and the UN is warning about food riots like those of two years ago. We ask if a distribution system dominated by US agri-business needs to be overhauled.

Banner image of root vegetables at Santa Monica Farmers' Market: Muy Yum

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Main Topic Our Unsustainable Table: Another Global Food Crisis? 26 MIN, 9 SEC

In 2008, a combination of natural events and economic conditions drove food prices so high that food riots erupted in many parts of the world. This year, there's concern that the same thing may be happening again. But the ravages of 2008 aren't yet over.

Guests:
Raj Patel, former Fellow; Institute for Food and Development Policy
Nancy Roman, Director of Public Policy, United Nations World Food Program
Jonathan Bloom, Freelance journalist and food waste expert
Mark Winne, former Executive Director, Hartford Food System

American Wasteland

Jonathan Bloom

Main Topic Farmers' Markets: Do You Get What You Think You're Paying For? 26 MIN, 43 SEC

KCRW producer Christian Bordal has been looking into the growing profusion of farmers' markets, why they're so popular and how customers can be sure they're getting the right kind of produce.

Guests:
Christian Bordal, Producer, 'Press Play' (@ChristianBordal)
Greta Dunlap, Manager, Beverly Hills and South Pasadena Farmers’ Markets
John Edwards, Board President, Raw Inspiration
David Karp, UC Riverside

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Russ Parsons

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