Really Fake: Vt. Author Details What's Actually In Your Food

Jul 14, 2016

Vermont foodies will argue that it's worth paying a higher price for premium food products. But even then, how do you know that what's promised on the label is what you're actually getting?

Our guest is Vermont writer Larry Olmsted to discuss his new book Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating & What You Can Do About It.  He explains the problems of fake Kobe beef, sawdust fillers in parmesan cheese, and why you might never have actually tasted real extra virgin olive oil, despite what that bottle on your shelf says. Olmsted says buying whole foods (think coffee beans, not grounds) is the best defense consumers have against a widespread practice of market fakery.

Also in the program, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. She's courting disaffected Bernie Sanders' supporters who aren't ready to get behind Hillary Clinton, despite Sanders' endorsement of the presumed Democratic candidate this week. Stein joins us in advance of her campaign visit to Burlington on Friday.

Correction 12:04 p.m.: An earlier version of this story misspelled Larry Olmsted's name. It has been corrected.

Broadcast live on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.