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Follow hosts Theresa Marquez and Anne O'Connor as they expose the realities of our broken food system and explore solutions put forward by our country's brightest changemakers.

There is a need for honest—yet personable—education amid the rampant apathy, ignorance, and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face a food system that is increasingly dangerous to human and environmental health, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with real-life solutions that contribute to a sustainable future.


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Download Lindsey Lusher Shute is the executive director and co-founder of the National Young Famer’s Coalition (NYFC) where she has grown the organization from a group of a few volunteer farmers, to a nationwide network with 39 chapters in 27 states and a grassroots base of over 120,000. Lindsey regularly speaks at conferences and to …

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