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Rootstock Radio: The Man Who Wrote the First Organic Standards

Download Harry MacCormack has spent nearly half a century—45 years to be exact—farming organically at Sunbow Farm in Corvallis Oregon. And although that in itself is accomplishment enough, it’s just the beginning of Harry’s list. Harry is the co-founder of the organic certifier Oregon Tilth and served as its executive director for many years. Additionally, he …

November 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: We Cannot Feed the World with Industrial Agriculture

Download Debbie Barker is a writer, consultant and activist who has served as international director for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG). A prolific author and speaker, in 2011 she published the book The Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights and the Economy. Currently, …

November 7th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Saying “Yes, AND…” to Organic

Download While the exact numbers are often debated, it’s safe to say there are over 25,000 varieties of apples in the world, over 16,000 of which are being grown in North America today. Susan Futrell spouts these statistics off the top of her head because she recently published a book, Good Apples: Behind Every Bite, …

October 30th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


New Report Shows USDA Beginning Farmer Program Is Working!

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided critical support and resources for countless beginning farmers and ranchers for nearly a decade. Why does that matter? Because not only are we losing farms, we’re losing farmers. Who’s going to take over the age-old responsibility of …

October 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Organic Farming


The Greenwashing of our Food: A Guide to Labels and Logos

Navigating today’s grocery stores can be pretty confusing.  With the plethora of logos, claims and phrases decorating products on the shelves, it can be difficult to find the foods you really want. Greenwashing occurs when a company promotes a false perception that their products, aims, or policies are environmentally friendly, using unverified statements, logos and claims. …

October 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: How to Turn Post-Election Anger into Activism

Download Award-winning author, activist and permaculture designer Starhawk has written and co-authored a total of twelve books and is a prominent leader in the revival of earth-based spirituality. She created the Earth Activist Training, a course that teaches permaculture design grounded in spirit with a focus on organizing and activism. Starhawk is also a veteran of …

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


Rootstock Radio: Food, Fun & Social Activism

Download In 1983, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Café and became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model for sustainable business practices. White Dog Café, begun as a simple coffee and muffin shop on the first floor of Judy’s home, was founded on the three pillars of “food, fun and social …

October 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Regional Food Hubs: Connecting Dots for Small Businesses

What do you think about as you browse the grocery store for the raw and processed ingredients of your next meal? It’s likely you are focused on flavor and nutrition, for starters. But for a growing number of consumers, the journey their food takes to reach the table is just as important. And that journey …

September 20th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Forging the Good Food Supply Chain

Download Tom McDougall, founder of 4P Foods, is a self-described “social justice activist stuck in an entrepreneur’s body.” Born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State, he later moved to Washington, DC, and found himself on a life-changing path dedicating his work to the good food movement. His contribution to the cause, …

September 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Animal Welfare Q&A: How Organic Valley Goes Above & Beyond

The USDA’s organic certification program is the gold standard when it comes to ensuring the quality of your food. An act of Congress sets the organic standards, and a 3rd party verifies compliance with the standards annually. Organic food is produced without artificial hormones, antibiotics or persistent pesticides, and is always non-GMO. As a certified organic …

September 7th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming


 
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