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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: “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

My Conversation with Carey Gillam: Uncovering Corruption in Agribusiness

Congratulations to Carey Gillam on her award-winning book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science (2017, Island Press). Carey’s book earned a gold medal for “Outstanding”  and “Most Likely to Save the Planet” at the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards. In my most recent Rootstock Radio conversation with Carey, we talk …

April 27th, 2018  |  Published in 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

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 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 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

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