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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks welcomes Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production" to the show. Kicking off the show talking about Nicolette's background and how she became involved with ranching cattle, she elaborates exactly why beef is in need of defending. Nicolette's take is that for decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one. She asks if the matter really so clear cut? In "Defending Beef," Nicolette argues that cattle are not inherently bad for either the Earth or our own nutritional health. In fact, she discusses with Erin that properly managed livestock play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems by functioning as surrogates for herds of wild ruminants that once covered the globe. Grass-fed, small-scale farms can and should become the basis for American food production, replacing the factory farms that harm animals and the environment. While no single book can definitively answer the thorny question of how to feed the Earth’s growing population, Nicolette explains that, whatever the world’s future food system looks like, cattle and beef can and must be part of the solution. Tune in for an interesting discussion! This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

"There are many wonderful water intensive foods but that suggestion you hear over and over again that beef is some water guzzler and some outlier, that's just not true." [20:00]

"I think the reason why beef has been the favorite target of sensational journalism because it was the most consumed meat in the United States and considered the most desirable." [23:00]

--Nicolette Hahn Niman on The Farm Report

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Erin Fairbanks kicks off the 2015 season of The Farm Report talking about the recent overturning of the Californian ban on foie gras. Welcoming Rick Bishop of Hudson Valley Foie Gras to the show to discuss the ongoing animal welfare issues surrounding the process. Foie gras is the fattened liver of a waterfowl (either duck or goose, but in Hudson Valley Foie Gras' case, only duck) produced by a special feeding process. It results in a product that is at once velvety and meaty, and has been around for centuries. Rick shares how Hudson Valley Foie Gras sets itself a part from other foie gras producers and their efforts to treat their ducks with exceptional care and respect. Erin and Rick go on to dissect the unique physiology of ducks and how it facilitates the hand feeding procedure that Hudson Valley Foie Gras uses. After the break, Erin brings Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan, a well-known seller and manufacturer of pâtés, sausages, smoked and cured charcuterie, all-natural and organic poultry, game, free-range meat, foie gras, wild mushrooms and truffles, on the show to give her thoughts on the developments in the foie gras world. She goes on to say that foie grois is an important part of elevated food and should be respected as such. Tune in for more! This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

"It's a normal and reversible process for a duck to store fat on its liver." [11:50]

--Rick Bishop on The Farm Report

"Foie gras is one of the important things in gastronomy, and gastronomy is one of the pleasures in life. We call it being a 'foodie' but we need this to create stimulation... without it, you lose a color of the palate." [31:45]

"At the end of the day we need to focus on raising animals the right way." [34:35]

--Ariane Daguin on The Farm Report

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Erin Fairbanks continues her exploration into the world of apples, orchards and cider on this week's episode of "The Farm Report" with guest Steve Wood of Poverty Lane Orchards and Farnum Hill Cider. Find out how apple picking and orchard development has changed over the years, due to packing machinery, industry demands and consumer trends. Learn what goes into cider production, including growing of the fruit and processing of the cider itself. Discover the differences between heirloom and commodity varieties of apples, and hear some of the logistical challenges that come along with distribution, packing and sales. Also, as always, tune in for the GrowNYC Market Update! This program was brought to you by Susty Party.

"I started working here in 1965 when I was a kid - so yeah, I guess I've got an apple growing background!" [1:45]

"Since packing machinery came around, the market started insisting on larger apples, waxed apples... the whole thing started to change dramatically." [3:33]

"For a lot of [apple] varieties bigger is not better - it's actually more boring." [10:55]

"Every patch of ground imposes conditions on what things can be grown well there." [12:00]

"A farm is not a natural environment - so the idea that people can grow things naturally is almost a joke to me." [26:28]

"When you plant an orchard - you're basically planting a candy shop for all kinds of organisms. It's very different from having an apple tree in your backyard or a cottage in the woods!" [28:27]

--Steve Wood of Poverty Lane Orchards and Farnum Hill Cider

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