January 11, 2008 - News

Deconstructing Dinner
"Deconstructing Dinner" is a hit radio show by Jon Steinman at Kootenay Co-op Radio (CJLY) in Nelson, B.C. "Most discussion of food by media focuses on health and diet, a very individualistic connection to food," explains Steinman. "Deconstructing Dinner looks at the well-being of all people involved in the process of growing and preparing and enjoying food." This week's offering, for example, examines the debate over genetically modified foods (GMOs). (More about the episode below.) Since its launch two years ago, "Deconstructing Dinner" has been picked up by dozens of radio stations in North America, England, Australia and New Zealand. It's mostly a volunteer effort, with start-up money from B.C.'s Ministry of Health and contributions from listeners as well as the Kootenay Country Store Cooperative, West Coast Seeds, New Society Publishers and Ryerson University's Centre for Studies in Food Security.