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Butter is Better from Pasture-Raised Animals

Butter is, in the words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “coagulated sunlight.”   For the first half of my life, I was deprived of that sunlight, having had the misfortune of being born in the era when butter, eggs, and cream were demonized. They clogged arteries!  Brought on heart attacks!  Made you fat! And so …

December 29th, 2016  |  Published in Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen

Dirt Rich: Purple Cow Organics on a Soil Education Journey

Not long ago, Sandy Syburg rolled into Flint, Michigan in his Soil Mobile. An old school bus repurposed to run on biodiesel and veggie oil, it’s designed to be a classroom on wheels. Syburg is teaching the public about the importance of healthy soil. Flint is notorious for its tough economy and crumbling infrastructure—most recently …

August 10th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening

Rootstock Radio: Organic Food & Nutrition with Dr. Charles Benbrook

Download In part two of our interview with agricultural economist and scientific researcher Dr. Charles Benbrook, we discuss some good news in the world of organic: two studies from the United Kingdom that deal with the impact of organic production on the nutritional quality of food. “Organic production,” Dr. Benbrook explains, “substantially increases the average …

July 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: GMOs, Pesticides and Bees with Dr. Charles Benbrook

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook, an agricultural economist, scientist and researcher. Dr. Benbrook has served as chief scientist for the Organic Center, a non-profit organization focused on organic research, education and advocacy, and as a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at …

July 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio

4 Steps to Parsing the Latest Diet & Nutrition News

New “Study” Recommends to Take Nutrition Studies with a Grain of Salt Open any daily paper—or your Facebook feed—and you’re likely to come upon a health study dressed up like the news: Coffee May Protect Liver From Booze, Study Finds NBC News This Kind of Fat Won’t Make You Gain Weight Time Magazine Or try …

June 13th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!

Rootstock Radio: Mark Kopecky, MS

Download Mark Kopecky’s experience in soil management began on his family’s dairy farm but quickly developed as he amassed professional training and field experience. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in soil science and a minor in agronomy. After two years as a soil scientist with the Soil …

March 31st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio

Bringing Soil Back to Life

Photo and video courtesy of Terra Brockman. A fierce north wind was driving tiny ice needles into my face as I pulled over to the side of a country road near my home in central Illinois. The wind nearly tore the door off the car as I leapt out to get a closer look at the …

March 25th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Sustainability

Of Dirt and Dreams

by guest contributor Buddy Huffaker, executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation My journey to Aldo Leopold’s call for a land ethic began covered in dirt. I don’t mean in the sense of the dirt under my feet at some wild place or dirt under my fingernails after working in a garden. No, I mean …

February 21st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!

Organic Valley & Clif Bar Announce First Endowed Chair for Organic Agriculture

We are proud to announce that UW-Madison Professor William F. Tracy of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has been named the recipient of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on plant breeding for organic crops. The $2 million endowment, known as the UW-Madison Clif Bar and Organic Valley Chair in Plant Breeding for Organic …

February 10th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, On The Record

New Study Shows Organic Ag is Key to Feeding the World

Researchers at Washington State University have concluded that organic agriculture is key to feeding the world sustainably. The chart above shows that, according to 40 years of research comparing organic and conventional practices, organic farming (right) better balances the four areas of sustainability as identified by the National Academy of Sciences: productivity, economics, environment, and community well …

February 8th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming

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