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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


Drumlin Farm: Fostering Healthy, Productive Biodiversity

Nature-versus-humankind. For centuries, many thinkers (including environmentalists) have applied this construct to try to understand our place in the natural world. Nature is something that thrives in the absence of human interference—in remote jungle rainforests or vast untouched wilderness preserves, while the human-built environment of our great cities show the work of our brains, hands, …

October 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District

Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mass extinctions. A glance at current headlines explains the urgency that so many of us feel about the devastating effects of ecological degradation, habitat loss, climate change, and other grave environmental problems. It’s easy to feel that we are the first to face such devastating impacts, the first to care in …

September 6th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Wanted: Regenerative, Renewing, Resilient Agriculture

Download Fred Kirschenmann is a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center, and the president of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He is a man of many talents, accustomed to wearing many hats: Iowa State University professor, TEDx speaker, farmer at his family’s 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south …

September 5th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: We Can Reverse Climate Change (And We Must Start Now)

Download Nancy Hirshberg is founder and Chief Catalyst at the sustainability consulting firm Hirshberg Strategic, and co-founder of Climate Collaborative, an organization working to leverage the power of the natural products industry to reverse climate change. Nancy has worked at the intersection of food, business and the environment for over 25 years, notably leading the …

August 29th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Farm Art: The Art of the Co-op

Y’all know what a cooperative is, right? I always thought I did—that funky building with the mural on the downtown corner where hippies and hipsters gathered to get their granola, tofu, and quinoa. A magnet for the capital-disillusioned who believe they can create a better world if they help stock shelves and put their coin …

June 19th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: What Industrial Agriculture Can’t Accomplish

Download Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri, grew up on a small dairy farm in the southwestern part of Missouri. John is the author of 6 books and the 2014 regional report called “Family Farms of North America” which was published by the Food and Agriculture Organization …

June 19th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Finance Meets Food—Bringing Our Money Back to Earth

Download Woody Tasch, founder and chairman of the Slow Money Institute and author of the book Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, was named one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader in 2010, and is an experienced venture capital investor and …

June 9th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Wind: Powering Our Future

Editor’s Note: This contribution is part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Eric Udelhofen of OneEnergy Renewables For thousands of years, civilizations have depended on the wind for power. American colonists used windmills for grinding grain, pumping water and cutting wood at sawmills. …

June 8th, 2017  |  Published in Sustainability, Sustainable Living


 
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