Mail: Occupy Eviction, Co-ops, 75 yrs of CBC

Occupy or vacate? Meat or vegetables? Our listeners weigh in on the stories of the week with letters that include a newsroom- wartime romance.

Part Two of The Current

Mail: Occupy Eviction, Co-ops, 75 yrs of CBC

It's Thursday and that's mail day on The Current and our producer Pedro Sanchez joined Jim Brown in our studio to help go through our mail bag.

Occupy Movement: It seems that the occupy movement is wearing out its welcome in some cities as municipal governments in Vancouver, Victoria and Quebec City have asked them to pack up and move on. Tuesday on the program, we reflected on what the movement has achieved over the past few months with guests, Armstrong Williams, a conservative commentator in Washington and Linda McQuaig, the co-author of The Trouble with Billionaires. Then we heard from our listeners with their added thoughts on this discussion.

Co-ops: Well at a time when the occupy movement is calling for change, last week on The Current we looked at co-operative organizations and what they offer as an alternative to corporations. The UN has declared 2012 the International Year of the Co-op. Our listeners had a few more points to add on this topic in our mail and voicemail.

Food Game Changer: Navin Ramankutty is a McGill researcher at the forefront of cultivating an idea he believes would change the game on world hunger, food prices and keeping farmers in business. Last month on The Current he told us about a major new report that says it's time to shift our diets around the world.

Navin Ramankutty's proposed path to producing enough food for nine billion people includes ending deforestation and halting the expansion of agricultural land, using fertilizer, pesticides and irrigation much more strategically...wasting less food and raising less livestock, which means eating less meat.

One of the people we heard from after that interview is Oliver Loten in Perth, Ontario. He is a farmer who raises livestock and grows grain. We read his letter that ended with: Why am I still farming? I don't think we are wanted anymore.

Well, one farmer who is getting the message out about raising animals for human consumption is Joel Salatin. He's a self-described Christian libertarian environmentalist who has been billed as the "high priest of the pasture" by the New York Times. He's also the closest thing to an agricultural rock star in North America, having been featured in the film Food, Inc., and Michael Pollan's best-selling book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farms in Virginia and his new book is Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People and a Better World. We spoke to him in Toronto.

75th Anniversary: Last Wednesday, CBC Radio marked its 75th anniversary and here on The Current we sifted through the archives to hear some of the familiar voices who brought you laughs along with news and views over the decades. And our look back on the years of CBC Radio brought back some memories for some of our listeners that we shared here.

We always love to hear what you think of what we put on the air. So please - keep those letters coming.

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