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Food Waste Comes In Many Shapes, Sizes, Flavors

What Thanksgiving leftovers are filling your fridge? On this week's show, we talk food waste with Jonathan Bloom, and Daniel Orr makes soups with leftovers.

Are apple cores a social construct?

On this week’s podcast, author Jonathan Bloom:

Writing a book about food waste, tends to make most dinner parties a bit awkward, but that’s just the cost of doing business I suppose.

He says we’ve lost some of our traditional foodways, like re-purposing leftovers, preserving foods and even knowing when foods have actually gone bad. Bloom is the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). He’ll also talk about what bugs him most about shopping at grocery stores.

In the spirit of eating the whole animal, Luke Runyon brings us a story about Rocky Mountain oysters.

Then, we’ll cook a couple soup recipes with Chef Daniel Orr to make good use of your Thanksgiving leftovers.

And, feral swine have been reported in a majority of states. Federal officials estimate they’re responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to crops each year:

We were probably somewhat naïve from the standpoint that we thought we will just let people shoot them 365 days a year there’s no license required and we figured a couple deer seasons we’ll get rid of them … but it didn’t work.

Now federal dollars are being pumped into Indiana in an effort to eradicate the population.

Stories On This Episode

Organic Board Says No To Additive, Tables Hydroponics

The top advisory board on organic standards in the US has decided that products with “USDA Organic” label can no longer contain carrageenan.

Can Western Identity Be Wrapped Up In Rocky Mountain Oyster?

There’s a rich tapestry of Western lore built around Rocky Mountain oysters thanks to the food’s cowboy provenance.

Struggling To Reduce Indiana’s Growing Feral Hog Population

Wild pigs are an invasive species first introduced to Indiana in the late 1980s. They're blamed for millions of dollars in damage to crops each year.

Two Summer Soups: Curried Carrot And Broccoli Tofu

Today, two summer soups using carrots and broccoli. And, a story from Harvest Public Media about the new nutrition icon from the USDA, MyPlate.

Yellow Lentil Bisque

This vegetarian soup is hearty enough to eat as a meal. Use water instead of stock and it's also vegan-friendly!

Late-Winter Soup With Turkey And Quinoa

Quinoa is a complete protein that is high in iron and dietary fiber. Throw some leftover turkey into a pot for a tasty and nutrient-rich soup.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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