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Rootstock Radio: The Mother Hen of Green Bloggers

Download “When I became a mother I wanted my child to be healthier than I was,” says Leah Segedie, food activist, social media consultant and founder of both Mamavation and the ShiftCon Social Media Conference. Leah’s new book, Green Enough, talks unapologetically and with her trademark dry humor about how to eat better, live cleaner and …

June 18th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Fighting Global Hunger with “One of the Best Ideas America Ever Had”

Download “How do you decide, when you have limited resources, who gets to have a meal today and who doesn’t?” This is one of the questions that M.J. Altman and her colleagues at the World Food Program face as they work to find solutions to world hunger. M.J. serves as the World Food Program’s editorial …

June 11th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Investing in the Land

Download “The places I felt that we would get really lasting conservation were the places where the local people were deeply connected to the land and relied on it for their livelihood,” says Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. People like watermen working in Chesapeake Bay, foresters in Maine and farmers …

June 4th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Not All Heroes Wear Capes (Many Wear Aprons!)

Download Tambra Raye Stevenson jokes that when she made the switch from a pre-med program to a nutrition program in college, at the time she was thinking “even if I didn’t get a job, at least I’ll be eating healthy.” The good news for Tambra (and the countless people who have benefited from her work …

May 29th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: “We Should Be Alarmed”: Protecting Children’s Environmental Health

Download Nsedu Obot Witherspoon is the executive director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) and a leader in the field of children’s environmental health. “Our founding director would have never expected that 25 or 26 years later we would still be needed,” she says. This bothers Nsedu (and it should bother you too). “What …

May 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio  |  1 Comment


Rootstock Radio: ‘Breeding’ a Thriving Regional Grain Economy

Download Dr. Stephen Jones, a professor of Crop and Soil Science and the director of The Bread Lab at Washington State University is a wheat breeder who never dreamed he’d be producing wheat varieties bearing “hints of chocolate” or “spicy overtones.” And yet, with his interest in flavor and commitment to championing farmers, it’s really …

May 15th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Breaking—and Baking—Bread with Adrian Hale

Download “I’m a writer, and I’ve always enjoyed baking,” says Adrian Hale, a food writer whose foray into baking bread began as a last-ditch effort to find bread that her daughter’s stomach could tolerate. After a bit of experimenting, Adrian perfected her “Mama Bread” and has never gone back. Today she combines her passion for …

May 7th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: “Bridging the Divide” with Diane Hatz

Download Diane Hatz, founder and executive director of Change Food and founder of the Change Food Video Library, is a creative marketing expert and events innovator who raises awareness about problems and solutions within the food and farming system while encouraging individuals to create their own change. From 2011-2015 she was the founder, organizer and …

May 1st, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Cottage Food Activism

Download Lisa Kivirist, an old hand at this whole Rootstock Radio thing (listen to her other episode here!) is still involved with supporting, empowering and connecting women farmers through Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and serves as a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at …

April 23rd, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


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


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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.