On this week’s HRN Happy Hour, we are joined in-studio by Patrick Martins (HRN and Heritage Foods USA Founder), Emily Pontecorvo (HRN Intern), and Abe Shaw (Founder of Eating Tools). We swap weekend stories – from Kat’s trip to KCBC for chamber music and beer pairings to Patrick’s run-in with the law.

Next up, a recap what’s going on around the network:

  • March 22 was World Water Day, and two shows focused on issues affecting water this week. On What Doesn’t Kill You Episode 217, Katy Kieffer takes us to Des Moines Iowa, where the state Supreme Court just ruled against the local Water Utility in a pollution case.
  • On Magnifeco Radio Episode 24, Kate Black speaks with Stiv Wilson about the dangers that microfibers pose to our oceans. Stiv championed the campaign to ban micro-beads and is now demanding that clothing companies take responsibility for microfiber pollution.
  • On Eating MattersJenna Liut speaks with Dr. Reese Halter about the effects of our current agricultural system on bee health, including recent declines in the bee population, its devastating repercussions and what everyone can do to reverse this trend.

Speaking of bees…. ICYMI, General Mills has temporarily removed “Buzz” the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee from their cereal boxes to raise awareness about colony collapse. They also launched a program, “Bring Back the Bees,” in which they have sent more than 1.5 billion wildflower seeds around the U.S., aiming to build more bee-friendly habitat. There’s just one problem: depending on where you are in the country, these seeds could be invasive species!

To learn more about the complex relationship between wildflowers and bees (and other native pollinators), we speak to Miriam Goldberger, who runs Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, Ontario with her husband and partner Paul Jenkins. They grow, harvest and package wildflower and native grass seeds for online retail. She is also the author of the book Taming Wildflowers.

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After a quick break, Emily Pontecorvo fills us in on the latest bovine news. Americans are eating way less beef, and we find out from Patrick if he’s seen any affects of this trend at Heritage Foods USA. Also, cattle farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado are tragically losing their herds and property in the massive grass fires – it’s so bad that they’re calling it their Hurricane KatrinaThis is a natural disaster in the heart of Trump country (83% voted for him in Clark County, Kansas), and he hasn’t even acknowledged it.

Next up, Emily gives us the 411 on NY’s 0x30 program, part of Mayor DiBlasio‘s commitment to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. The Department of Sanitation is expanding their organics collection program to serve every New Yorker by 2018. To date, over 23,000 tons of organics have been diverted from landfills in the city. Earlier in the day, Kathryn Garcia, the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation in NYC, announced a new expansion of organics collection to several Brooklyn Neighborhoods. Emily plays us a clip of the announcement, which was made in a community garden in Williamsburg called La Casita Verde.

Finally, we hear more from Abe Shaw about how he started Eating Tools and about the unique utensils and cooking tools they offer. Abe explains how anodized titanium makes the most colorful and strong chopsticks and what he looks for when choosing a knife to use in his home kitchen. We end the show by playing a round of “utensil trivia,” and it’s no surprise that Abe knows his stuff when it comes to eating tools!

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Our theme song is “Suns Out Guns Out” by Concord America.
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