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Theresa Studio

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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Recent Rootstock Radio Posts

Rootstock Radio: Two Problems In Our Food System, One Solution

Download In May of 2009, Gary Oppenheimer founded after realizing that one solution could address two problems in our food system: food waste, and access to healthy food. “If I could solve the problem of home and community gardens wasting food by enabling them [gardeners] to get that food to a neighborhood food pantry, …

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Rootstock Radio: Eat Local, Think Global Agriculture

Download Darci Vetter grew up on an organic farm in Nebraska, and this experience helps inform the work she does today. “Agriculture is incredibly dependent on international markets,” she says, and Darci would know. She’s spent her career thinking about agriculture trade and global agriculture policy. Beginning in 2014 under the Obama administration, Darci served …

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Rootstock Radio: Lindsey Shute and the Obstacles Young Farmers Face Today

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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Rootstock Radio: The Price of Productivity and Efficiency in Our Food System

Download As a successful plant breeder who has produced vegetable varieties grown on six continents, Dr. Molly Jahn could in good conscience end her contributions to food and agriculture right there. Instead, she has chosen to dig deeper, shifting her focus from plant breeding to the agriculture system as a whole. “It isn’t just maximizing …

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Rootstock Radio: ‘Ag in the Middle’ & Eating Local with Kathleen Bauer

Download Kathleen Bauer is a writer, blogger, producer and cook who connects the dots between what’s happening with farmers in the fields and what she puts on her table to feed family and friends. Her blog, called Good Stuff NW, got a lot of attention for an article she wrote in March 2017 called Why …

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Looking out over the trees and bluffs of the Mississippi Valley.

Rootstock Radio: Preserving Beauty and Bounty in the Mississippi Valley

Download Carol Abrahamzon is executive director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a regional non-profit land trust based in La Crosse, WI. With over a decade of experience in non-profit management as well as a first-hand knowledge of responsible land stewardship and conservation, Carol says that the line between work and home often blurs for her—and …

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Rootstock Radio: Our Food System Isn’t Broken (It Just Never Worked Well in the First Place)

Download Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First, grew up working on farms and fishing boats in Point Reyes, California, where he learned that putting food on the table is hard work. After studying rural education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, he traveled through Mexico and Central America, where …

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Rootstock Radio: Animal Welfare in Organic Agriculture

Download Dr. Meggan Hain is an animal care specialist for CROPP Cooperative. Born to a farming family in South Africa, Meggan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University. Meggan is passionate about working with farms to improve management practices, prevent disease and improve farm productivity. …

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Free range pastured chickens on the Trussoni farm.

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 …

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Rootstock Radio: Connecting Nutrition and Food with Dr. Joan Dye Gussow

Download Dr. Joan Dye Gussow, professor emeritus of nutrition and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, author, food policy expert, environmentalist AND gardener, has been called the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement” by the New York Times. Joan has served on the Diet, Nutrition and Cancer Panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), …

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