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Tampa area food pantries face greater demand, fewer donations listen

11/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many families will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at home with family for a traditional dinner. The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County estimates more than 17,000 people are on the county streets without a home every night, including this holiday weekend.

With the slumping economy, many of the area’s homel...

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Insects: the next threat to national security? listen

11/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to tighten borders in the name of national security. Airplane passengers and undocumented immigrants have spurred much of the national debate, but there is also concern that food imports should be monitored more closely.

Wednesday in Tampa industry specialists from the agriculture and food industry, law enforcement, the military and emergency management took a course o...

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UN says world's population has reached 7 billion

10/31/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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The UN says the world's population crossed the 7 billion mark today. Although US demographers say the milestone will not be reached for several more months, what's clear is that the world's population is rising dramatically. The world reached the 6 billion mark just 12 years ago. Joining us to talk about the rapidly growing world population is Brian Dixon a Vice President for Media and Government Relations with Population Connection, the group was former...

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Celebrate the Local Food movement Monday in Tampa

10/21/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Good morning and welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. My guests today are Robin Milcowitz and Eddie Shumard who are organizing the Food Day event at The Roosevelt.

The event is in support of the newly formed National annual Food Day and the film Urban Roots about the incredible local food movement happening in Detroit will be shown. Vendors from the local food system spectrum will be there in order to show visitors what it takes to make a complete food system happen in a food desert ...

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Tips on growing backyard fruits in Florida

08/22/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests were Paul Zomoda a member of the Tampa Rare Fruit Council and Debbie Butts Co-Producer of the SL Program. We talked about a variety of issues concerning backyard fruit trees, vines, bushes, etc. With the recent freeze we talk about cold-tolerant fruiting plants, and some that might require more cold temps than we have in our area. Paul talked about his present passion growing grapes and wine making. The guests cover where to find more information and books on the topic. Visit the R...

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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes...

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Preview of the film Farmageddon

08/08/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living Program we hosted the producer of the documentary film Farmageddon, which brings to light incidences of government interference into our ability to produce and purchase healthy foods for our families. Kristin Canty joined us by phone, while our local chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sarah Pope, was in the studio to discuss the new film. Farmers and buying clubs across the county are being targeted by the government for providing raw milk and d...

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Growing food for hungry citizens in Hernando County listen

07/22/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Access to healthy food can be difficult around the world, and here in the Tampa Bay area. A workshop will address the growing hunger problem in Hernando County.

The plan is to create awareness of the unsettling poverty situation in Hernando and other counties in Florida. According to Green World Path Inc., a large number of people in Hernando especially are struggling because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their ...

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Community gardens grow in Tampa Bay listen

07/14/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Community gardens have been sprouting up across Tampa Bay for the last few years. At one in South St. Petersburg, some of the local and global benefits of urban gardens are evident.

The Bartlett Park Community Garden in St. Petersburg has been in-bloom for 3 years now and counts tomatoes, black-eyed peas and a variety of herbs among its seasonal offerings. Ashley Spalding has a plot there and has also been helping organize the garden since last fall. She says what make this and other commu...

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Six more Orlando Food Not Bombs arrests listen

06/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday Orlando police arrested six more people in Lake Eola Park for sharing food with the hungry. That brings the total number of people arrested in conjunction with the Orlando Food Not Bombs events to twenty-one. This comes a week after there was talk of compromise between Food Not Bombs and the city. Keith McHenry is co-founder of Food Not Bombs. He said the city doesn’t look like it’s going to budge.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, when the group conducted its regular food-sharin...

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