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Rootstock Radio: Cast Your Vote for the Future of Organic

Download Gary Hirshberg, Chairman and Co-Founder of Stonyfield Farm (the world’s leading organic yogurt producer) champions a simple philosophy: “everybody who eats has to vote.” Of course, Gary doesn’t expect to realistically enforce this statement, it’s the idea behind it that he’s passionate about. The author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and …

April 17th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Uncovering Corruption in Agribusiness with Investigative Journalist Carey Gillam

 Download What began for investigative journalist Carey Gillam as “just an assignment” on food and agriculture grew to be not only her passion, but the focus of her reporting for the last twenty years. Carey’s intimate knowledge of food and farming in the U.S. comes from time spent with row crop farmers, ranchers, vegetable …

April 9th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio  |  1 Comment

Rootstock Radio: Raj Patel: Capitalism is Catching Up to Us

Download Raj Patel’s newest book, co-written with Jason W. Moore, is called A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. “Cheap things can never stay cheap for long. In the end those costs always catch up with you,” says the award-winning writer, activist and academic. This phenomenon is something Raj has been thinking about for …

April 2nd, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Organic Shouldn’t Be “Grassroots vs. Suits”

Download Grace Gershuny is a widely known author, educator and organic consultant who spent many years as an organic farmer in Vermont. She was one of the founding members of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), and was recruited by the USDA the 1990s to help develop the first organic regulations. Grace jokingly tells people “I …

March 26th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Two Problems In Our Food System, One Solution

Download In May of 2009, Gary Oppenheimer founded after realizing that one solution could address two problems in our food system: food waste, and access to healthy food. “If I could solve the problem of home and community gardens wasting food by enabling them [gardeners] to get that food to a neighborhood food pantry, …

March 20th, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: Eat Local, Think Global Agriculture

Download Darci Vetter grew up on an organic farm in Nebraska, and this experience helps inform the work she does today. “Agriculture is incredibly dependent on international markets,” she says, and Darci would know. She’s spent her career thinking about agriculture trade and global agriculture policy. Beginning in 2014 under the Obama administration, Darci served …

March 20th, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Lindsey Shute and the Obstacles Young Farmers Face Today

Download Lindsey Lusher Shute is the executive director and co-founder of the National Young Famer’s Coalition (NYFC) where she has grown the organization from a group of a few volunteer farmers, to a nationwide network with 39 chapters in 27 states and a grassroots base of over 120,000. Lindsey regularly speaks at conferences and to …

March 12th, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: The Price of Productivity and Efficiency in Our Food System

Download As a successful plant breeder who has produced vegetable varieties grown on six continents, Dr. Molly Jahn could in good conscience end her contributions to food and agriculture right there. Instead, she has chosen to dig deeper, shifting her focus from plant breeding to the agriculture system as a whole. “It isn’t just maximizing …

March 2nd, 2018  |  Published in Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: ‘Ag in the Middle’ & Eating Local with Kathleen Bauer

Download Kathleen Bauer is a writer, blogger, producer and cook who connects the dots between what’s happening with farmers in the fields and what she puts on her table to feed family and friends. Her blog, called Good Stuff NW, got a lot of attention for an article she wrote in March 2017 called Why …

February 26th, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio  |  2 Comments

Rootstock Radio: Preserving Beauty and Bounty in the Mississippi Valley

Download Carol Abrahamzon is executive director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a regional non-profit land trust based in La Crosse, WI. With over a decade of experience in non-profit management as well as a first-hand knowledge of responsible land stewardship and conservation, Carol says that the line between work and home often blurs for her—and …

February 21st, 2018  |  Published in Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


There is a dire need for honest—yet personable—education amidst the rampant apathy, ignorance and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face the plethora of rubber-stamped GMO releases, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with solutions for contributing to a sustainable future.