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Calculating Diets–Why Does The USDA Want To Keep Its Numbers Under Wraps?

Angela Babb was just trying to figure out how the USDA calculates the amount of money allocated to each SNAP recipient. She didn’t know it was going to take a FOIA to find out (photo Courtesy of Angela Babb).

This week we have Angela Babb back on our show.

This time she has a new and gripping story to tell about what the government might not want you to know about how food stamp allotments are calculated.

Angela Babb is a food researcher and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University.

PIctured is a shot of simulation of a Thrifty Food Plan calculator, created by Dr. Parke Wilde et al. at Tufts University. This is not what is actually used by the USDA.

Her research into the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan took her down some unexpected roads and lead to her filing a Freedom of Information Act request when government officials denied her the data she needed.

Also this week, Harvest Public Media shares the second installment in their farmland transfer series
And Chef D warms us up with some Sage Advice.

The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Stories On This Episode

Sage Advice, AKA: Warm Apple Cider With Sage And Spices

Clove studded oranges make any room smell delicious. They also lend intense flavors to this wintertime beverage.

Handing Off: The Reality Of Land Transfer Between Older, Younger Farmers

As life expectancy increases, farmers are staying in the business, but there’s still a need to plan for what happens when they die.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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