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Rootstock Radio: Rural Renewal with Robert Wolf

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks with Robert Wolf. Formerly a Chicago Tribune columnist, Robert currently serves as the director of Free River Press. He has written several books and is the producer of American Mosaic, a weekly half-hour radio program featuring stories written and read by men and women from all …

January 21st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio  |  3 Comments

On the Record: Organic Valley Strongly Supports USDA Organic Animal Care Standards

Organic Valley strongly supports the USDA’s final rule on organic animal care standards. Our farmer-owned cooperative, which works with thousands of organic dairy, hog and poultry producers, has long advocated for action to clarify the conditions and expectations for animal care in organic farming. We have lived with inconsistencies in organic livestock and poultry production …

January 20th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record, Organic Farming

Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness

On the Record: Organic Valley Welcomes Organic Checkoff Comment Period

Promotion board for organic food can save more family farms and educate more organic consumers. The USDA public comment period is open until March 20, 2017. Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic family farmers, today welcomed the USDA’s notice and public comment period on a proposed research and promotion board for organic food. …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record

Thanksgiving, from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock

Thanksgiving is a holiday that puts food and people front and center: meat and vegetables, Pilgrims and Indians. But ever since I visited the Sacred Stone Encampment of the Standing Rock Sioux, I’ve been thinking more deeply about the foods and people commonly linked to Thanksgiving, and about the complicated nexus of culture, history, mythology, …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues

GMO: Yes or No? Not so easy, not so fast

Last fall, I was invited to “debate” Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer, at the St. Louis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting. Our topic: GMOs. As expected, Fraley was firmly in the “pro” camp. I was framed as “con.” However, in my introduction to the audience, I asked that our meeting not be called …

October 11th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  3 Comments

Culinary Breeding Network

You’re probably just as guilty as anyone: You go to the grocery store, pick over the tomato bin, and fill your bag with the best-looking specimens you can find. That’s great news for tonight’s salad—but bad news for the rest of us. The problem comes when you take this entirely understandable consumer habit of picking …

September 28th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We

Heirloom Floriani Corn, Lost and Found

Of the many edible gifts native peoples of the Americas have given to the world, the most important is, arguably, corn. And yet, of the tens of thousands of maize varieties Native Americans developed to thrive in every soil, altitude, and climate, most were irretrievably lost. In the past hundred years, even more corn varieties …

September 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

In Quest of a World Food Plan: Part 2

This article was originally written by Theresa Marquez and Jerome McGeorge and published in 2010 on Organic Sense, Organic Valley’s first blog. We humans have been eating forever. For all of us food and nutrition begins in the womb. Our mother connects us with our first food memories. For a woman, what is more satisfying …

August 25th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, From the Rootstock Vault, WomenShare

Adapting to Our Changing Climate

For most of us, climate change is something that afflicts different neighborhoods, distant cities, or future times.  And while many people know something about California’s drought, or Miami’s drowning, few are aware that climate change has arrived in the Heartland, the breadbasket of our nation, and will affect all of us. This is because nearly …

August 24th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

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