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Politics: It’s for the Birds

Have you ever brought up a subject, or raised a question only to be told,  “it’s political”? This happened to me recently at a gathering to celebrate the Great Missouri Birding Trail. I asked if neonicotinoid seed coatings were present on corn planted in the wildlife conservation area frequented by birders and nature enthusiasts. The …

May 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Perennial Crops – A New Solution for Sustainable Agriculture

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we hear from Fred Iutzi, president of The Land Institute, about the importance of developing perennial food crops. The Land Institute seeks to develop agriculture that will be sustainable for years and generations to come, focusing on the cultivation of perennial crops and polyculture cropping systems. To this end, The …

May 24th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Changing the Narrative in Food and Farming

Download Karen Washington is an urban farmer and activist, as well as the founder of Rise and Root Farm, a cooperatively run farm in Orange County, NY. Karen co-founded Black Urban Growers and was a 2014 James Beard Leadership Award recipient, in addition to being called “urban farming’s grand dame” by the New York Times …

May 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Insects Pollinate Your Food and More, and They Need Your Help!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Shahla Werner Back in 1987 renowned Harvard entomologist E. O. Wilson published a now famous paper called The Little Things that Run the World. In that …

April 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Why are the People Who Feed Us Struggling to Feed Themselves?

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, host Anne O’Connor speaks to Navina Khanna. Navina is director of the HEAL Food Alliance. HEAL stands for Health, Environment, Agriculture and Labor, and Navina describes the alliance as a “multi-sector, multi-racial and intergenerational coalition” working for food and farm justice. In 2014 Navina’s work was recognized with a James …

April 25th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: The “Magic” of Grass-Based Agriculture with Sarah Flack

Download   Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Sarah Flack. Sarah is an author and nationally recognized consultant on grazing and livestock. Her latest book, The Art and Science of Grazing, was published in 2016. Although she was born in Wisconsin, Sarah’s family lived in New Zealand when she was a young …

April 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


The Climate Movement Needs You!

If every country that made an emissions-cutting pledge in the Paris Agreement keeps its promise, the individual commitments would only keep warming below 3 degrees C at best[1].  Current emission levels will result in temperature rise up to 7.8 degrees C by the end of this century.[2] That should terrify you! “A 4 degrees C future …

March 31st, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Food Allergies & Why Organic is Not a Fad

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Robyn O’Brien, author, former food industry analyst, TEDx speaker and mother of four. She is also founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, an organization that aims to make clean and safe food affordable to all children. Robyn’s interest in ensuring good food for all children really …

March 27th, 2017  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Put Your Best Fork Forward: Protect Pollinators, People and Planet

“March Madness” might be about spring basketball championships to some, but for me, the term better describes the practice of using toxic chemicals to produce our food. As Jane Goodall wisely stated, “Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it …

March 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  2 Comments


Rootstock Radio: The Impact of Pesticides…Compounded

Download Today on Rootstock Radio Anne O’Connor talks to Marcia Ishii-Eiteman Senior Scientist and Director of the Grassroots Science Program at Pesticide Action Network. Prior to joining Pesticide Action Network in 1996, Marcia worked in Asia and Africa for 14 years on projects ranging from establishing farmer field schools, to community-based rural development, to women’s …

March 16th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


 
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