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Jonathan Gold reviews an unusual taco truck, David Mills details the avocado cartels in Mexico and Louisa Shafi shares updated recipes for Persian cooking.

Down South

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Farmacology 13 MIN, 18 SEC

gf140308farmacology.jpgDr. Daphne Miller is the author of Farmacology, a book that explores the idea of 'food as medicine' in the context of family farming and soil health.

Music: "Sing Me to Sleep" by Fran Healy


Daphne, M.D. Miller

Microbes Affect Wine's Regional Taste 5 MIN, 31 SEC

David Mills is a professor of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. He co-authored a recent study that found that microbes specific to certain regions have an effect on terroir, or the signature taste of an area's wine.

Jonathan Gold Reviews Guerrilla Tacos 5 MIN, 13 SEC

gf140308tacos.jpgJonathan Gold reviews Guerrilla Tacos, Chef Wes Avila's taco truck that frequents the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. The menu changes daily (as does the location, so check their website for details), so Jonathan recommends to go with a group and order the whole menu.

Music: "All in" by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
'Street Meat' Hits Los Angeles 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch and the Food is the New Rock podcast breaks the news of a halal meat truck coming to Los Angeles.

Avocado Cartels 7 MIN, 43 SEC

José de Córdoba is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. In a recent article, he reported that Mexican cartels in Michoacan are extorting farmers, packing houses and shippers in the avocado growing region. He says four out of five avocados shipped to the US come from the afflicted area where the local mafia takes at least a 10 percent cut of the profits.

Music: "I Shot the Sheriff" by Damian Marley

Market Report 6 MIN, 7 SEC

John Jackson sells blueberries for Whitney Ranch in Santa Barbara. He hopes to have blueberries at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market until at least August.

Amelia Posada co-owns Lindy and Grundy butcher shop with Erika Nakamura. She describes how the dry weather has affected the ranchers she buys from and the meat in her shop.

Nowruz Dishes and Fesenjan 9 MIN, 38 SEC

gf140308persian_kitchen.jpg Louisa Shafia is the author of The New Persian Kitchen. She talks about cooking for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, and about updating Persian classics for a vegetarian and vegan palate.

Music: "Not Paid Enough" by Coldcut

The New Persian Kitchen

Louisa Shafia

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