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Rootstock Radio: Not All Organic Eggs Are Created Equal

Download Under current USDA organic regulations, not all organic eggs are created equal. Large-scale poultry producers are able to cut corners in ways that don’t align with one of the core principles of organic: that “animals are able to exhibit their natural behaviors,” says Melissa Hughes, general counsel for Organic Valley, and who has spent …

February 7th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Supporting Emerging Farmers Across Gender & Ethnicity

If you’re interested in where your food comes from, you’re not alone. Most Americans, it seems, want food that is local, organic, and natural. According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of households in U.S. states—70 to 90 percent— purchase at least some organic foods for their families. That’s a big change in consumer demand …

January 24th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


Royalty on a Farm in a Happy Country

Imagine a princess in jeans and a jacket exploring a dairy farm with three of her young children on a beautiful, sunny day. In Denmark, you don’t have to imagine it. During the annual Eco Day celebrations in 2015, Crown Princess Mary and her three youngest children strolled between dozens of black and white Holstein …

January 17th, 2018  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Travel


Rootstock Radio: Organic Beginnings and the Future of Agriculture

Download Jerome McGeorge has been a part of Organic Valley’s journey from the very beginning — he even wrote, by hand, the fledgling cooperative’s very first annual report in 1988. Today Jerome is a cherished friend and keeper of wisdom and wide perspective. In 1988, after a crisis of conscience had propelled him to leave …

January 6th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Pioneering Organic with George Siemon, Organic Valley CEO

Download Rootstock Radio is starting off 2018 with a very special guest: George Siemon, Organic Valley’s CEO. George, who was born into a family of businessmen and swore he’d never be one, has been playfully dubbed “The Reluctant CEO,” but his passion for agriculture and cooperation serves CROPP Cooperative (maker of the Organic Valley brand) …

January 3rd, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Shaping the Story of Food

Download Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator. The founder of Real Food Media and co-founder of Small Planet Institute with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna has authored or co-authored three books, and is a contributing author to ten others. Her work has been featured in publications such as the New York …

November 21st, 2017  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio  |  1 Comment


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  |  1 Comment


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 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


 
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