Happy New Year! Enjoy our first episode of the next decade with ocean farmer and longtime YSFP friend, Bren Smith. We feature his new book, Eat Like A Fish: My Life as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.
What does it take to build an economy for ocean farming? Training and empowering a new generation of growers, from veterans to indigenous communities. Developing recipes for sea-grown vegetables (barbecue kelp is delicious!). Creating jobs beyond growing, but in processing, research, and other new products, like seaweed-based bioplastics. Collaborating with investors to build better models for social impact.
These projects, and many more, have been part of Bren’s journey in advocating for ocean farming worldwide. Eat Like A Fish moves beyond his moving personal story and the arcs of global seaweed history and even climate change. It tells the journey of resilience: how we all work together to help people and planet thrive.
Chewing the Fat is a podcast from the Yale Sustainable Food Program. We cover people making change in the complex world of food and agriculture. We’re home to brilliant minds: activists, academics, chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, journalists, policymakers, and scientists (to name a few!). Taken together, their work represents a reimagining of mainstream food movements, challenging myths and tropes as well as inspiring new ways of collaborating.
The podcast is an aural accompaniment to our on-campus Chewing the Fat speaker series, aiming to broaden our content beyond New Haven. Episodes are released every two weeks, featuring interviews, storytelling and more.
On the farm, in the classroom, and around the world, the Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) grows food-literate leaders. We create opportunities for students to experience food, agriculture, and sustainability as integral parts of their education and everyday lives. For more information, please visit sustainablefood.yale.edu.