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The Food Show: Having a blast on the farm

For 12 years, The Food Show took listeners inside the food business, exploring news and trends in food production, marketing and consumption. Beginning in 1978, host Jim Wright – a former circus ringmaster – navigated through the gastronomical gamut as listeners learned all about the food business. From important news to tips on camel-milking or microwave cookery, The Food Show offered a wealth of information on anything food-related.

Dynamite is essential for construction, useful for fishing (as this 1978 report will tell you) and a vital tool for farmers. Stubborn tree stumps and rocks are no match for a good dose of dynamite. But Ottawa is concerned that some people are a too cavalier with their explosives, and has introduced new regulations for distribution, transportation and use of dynamite and other explosives. Peter Benesh takes a look at the new rules. 

• Dynamite was invented by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel. He began making nitroglycerine in 1860, but the liquid was too volatile; his first factory exploded in 1864, killing his brother Emil. In 1866, he learned how to stabilize nitroglycerine, and created dynamite. He created the Nobel Peace Prize after seeing his invention used in war.

• Dynamite and TNT are different things. TNT (trinitrotoluene) is a specific chemical compound while dynamite is a mix of several different chemicals.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Food Show
Broadcast Date: March 26, 1978
Host: Jim Wright
Reporter: Peter Benesh
Duration: 3:41
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/Jeremy Sterk

Last updated: January 27, 2012

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