Sustainability en Exploring Local Farms And Local Food <p>We've all seen the bumper sticker - 'No Farms. No Food.' While agriculture remains North Carolina's largest industry, a new census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals that farmers in the state are getting older and scarcer. Experts say we need more growers and more attention on building the local and regional food economies. Eating local isn’t just the hip thing to do anymore; many see it as vital for environmental sustainability as well. Farmers markets are growing in popularity, more restaurants are locally-sourcing their ingredients and we're seeing the rise of agritourism that connects the eaters with the growers. Ahead of the <a href="">'Know Your Farms' </a>tour this weekend, we meet some of our local farmers and food systems experts to find out about their challenges and discuss the future of food and farming in the Charlotte region.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 50918 at Exploring Local Farms And Local Food Michael Pollan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael </span>Pollan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been called &quot;an ethical-eating guru,&quot; &quot;high priest of food,&quot; even a &quot;food god.&quot; The food writer and journalist has authored several best sellers including </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Omnivore&#39;s Dilemma</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">In Defense of Food </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and now he&#39;s coming to Charlotte to talk about his latest passion - cooking. His latest book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">encourages us to put down the take-out menu and pick up a spatula and reclaim the precious art of cooking for our health and for the sake of our food system. We&#39;ll talk with him about eating, farming, cooking, what he calls &quot;edible </span>foodlike<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> substances,&quot; agribusiness and some of his famous food rules, like - &quot;Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.&quot;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 36937 at Michael Pollan Peter Byck On Sustainability Beyond 'Carbon Nation' <p>When we first met Carbon Nation director Peter Byck last year, we learned about his cross country journey to meet people who were trying to reduce their carbon footprint whether they believed in global warming or not. He'll join us again on the next Charlotte Talks to talk about why getting the message out about climate change is still such a challenge and about initiatives being made by companies around the country (some that might come as a surprise to you!) to change the way we think about energy and the environment.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 35944 at Peter Byck On Sustainability Beyond 'Carbon Nation' 'Do Your Part' With Terri Bennett (Rebroadcast) <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well-known former TV meteorologist Terri Bennett has traded the camera and studio for the betterment of the environment, with the founding of her company, called Do Your Part. She's the author of a book by the same name, and in it, gives practical tips that she says help "to remove the roadblocks that currently prevent many Americans from taking steps toward adopting more sustainable lifestyles." &nbsp;She'll share her expertise with us, and will give us some tips on how to reduce our eco-footprint. <em>(Originally Aired 9/13/2011)</em></span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 24445 at 'Do Your Part' With Terri Bennett (Rebroadcast)