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Herbal Radio

Dec 22, 2023

Happy holidays and belated Winter Solstice, Herbal Radio listeners! Thank you for tuning in with us for this week’s episode. Today, we chat with esteemed author and food-expert, Jon Steinman. Jon is the face and writer behind Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants, which offers inspiring stories and a thorough analysis of American and Canadian food co-ops using real life examples. Through his wiring, Jon dissects the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants. He makes a strong case for food co-ops being the crucial alternative to create local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access across communities. Jon’s expertise within the food industry for over two decades, there truly is no better person to shed light on the evolution and current standing of our food-gathering rituals.

Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for 25 years. He was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada's largest retail food co-op specializing in natural foods, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. Following the publication of his book Grocery Story: the Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants (New Society Publishers 2019), he completed an extensive book tour that took him to 125 food co-ops and 23 in their development phases.

Jon regularly delivers educational sessions to food co-op boards and staff and is a frequent guest speaker at food co-op annual meetings and book clubs. In 2023, Jon became an Accredited Professional Dialogue Practitioner through the Academy of Professional Dialogue and introduces organizations such as food co-ops to this mode of communication.

Jon was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner, once ranked as the most-listened-to food podcast in Canada and was writer and host of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series available online. Jon coordinated and curated the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival of food documentaries and was involved in a number of local food initiatives including the Kootenay Grain CSA - Canada’s first community supported agriculture project for grain and G.E. Free Kootenays.


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