Thursday, July 9, 2009

Joel's trip to NY with Chris Valerio

Yesterday I flew to New York City to be Chris Valerio's guest on her
Bloomberg Television show, airing this weekend
at the following times:

Friday night at 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 11:30pm ET.

The show re-airs Saturday at 1:30am, 2:30am, 4:30am,7:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 10:30pm and Sunday at 12:30am, 3:00am, 4:00am, 6:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm.

I left the farm at 3:30 a.m., caught a flight out of Charlottesville
and they sent a car to pick me up at LaGuardia at a little before noon.
I arrived at the Bloomberg media building, went through one security
station, then to a second where a camera takes your picture and
they give you a picture ID to hang around your neck to go through the
third security--the last one before the elevators. I went on the
green elevator (they are all color coded) to the 6th floor and the
producer of the show, Robin, met me and escorted me to the make-up

After being properly powdered and blow dried in the makeup room, they
took me to the little studio and in a couple of minutes Chris, the
host, appeared.
As usual with these things, time never allows real exploration of any
issues, but it's the best I could do. The last segment was of my
choosing so I asked her to ask me about the industrial food backlash
toward small and heritage-based farmers and food systems.
As you can tell, it was thrown in at the last second and I didn't have
time to plug the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, but
at least I planted a seed that the local food euphoria is not over the
hump by a long shot.

As soon as we were done, they whisked me back downstairs to another
waiting car, who took me back to LaGuardia and home.
I was in New York City all of about 2 hours--long enough for me. My
first driver was a turban-headed Middle Easterner and my
second driver was a South Korean--both interesting and both car paint
wipers like all the for-hire drivers in New York. Always good
to get back to dirt roads and cows and green grass.

By Joel Salatin, July 9, 2009
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