49 million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Today’s guest on Straight, No Chaser is Peter Pringle, the editor of the Participant Guide for A Place at the Table, the recently released documentary about hunger in America. For 30 years Peter was a correspondent for The Sunday Times, The Observer, and The Independent, working in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and the United States. He has also written for several US newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and The New Republic. Among his many books, the most recent, besides this project, is Experiment Eleven about the discovery of streptomycin, The Murder of Nicolai Vavilov, Food Inc, Day of the Dandelion, and Those are Real Bullets. Tune in and find out what prompted Peter to explore these issues of hunger, and hear about some of the alarming facts he discovered in his research. This program was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“You should have a right to food. The government has a responsibility to make sure people are not hungry. It’s a public health problem.” [11:00]
–Peter Pringle on Straight, No Chaser