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Biofuels: The Myth of Renewable vs. Sustainable Energy

March 3, 2009


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In February 2009, Deconstructing Dinner descended upon Edmonton for a week of local and global food education. Every year, the University of Alberta hostsInternational Week, the largest annual extracurricular educational event on campus. International Week “fosters global citizenship through engagement with today’s most pressing issues”. In its 24th year, the theme was Hungry for Change: Transcending Feast, Famine and Frenzy.

Deconstructing Dinner’s Jon Steinman delivered two lectures throughout the week and was invited to be a part of an evening panel on the topic of biofuels. In November 2007, the show aired its Biofuel Boom series and this formed the basis for Jon’s panel presentation. This broadcast features recordings of the panel from February 4, 2009.


David BresslerAssistant Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) –David’s general area of research is the industrial application of chemical, thermal and biological systems for the catalytic conversion of conventional biomass streams to platform chemicals, fuels and value-addedd commodities. Biofuels are a major focus of his research. David is also the Chair of the Management Committee of Agri-Food Discovery Place which is the department’s pilot facility.

Alex McCallaProfessor Emeritus in Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of California at Davis (Davis, CA) – Alex is an expert in international trade and has directed the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the World Bank, has chaired the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and was a founding member and co-convenor of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1966, Alex has served in many roles at the University of California at Davis.

Jon SteinmanProducer/HostDeconstructing Dinner (Nelson, BC) -Outside of his role with Deconstructing Dinner, Jon also sits on the board of theKootenay Country Store Co-operative and is involved in Community Food Matters – a coalition of Nelson-area residents who are inspired to foster a more food-secure community.

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Theme/Soundclip – Adham Shaikh, Infusion, Fusion, Sonic Turtle (CDN)

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