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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 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. …read more
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 …read more
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), …read more
Download Justin Levy is the executive director of Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment. Justin began working with Conscious Alliance in 2004, and quickly broadened the organization’s scope by not only addressing hunger, but also engaging young people through service-learning. You may have noticed “Art …read more
Download A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines graduated from UNPHU University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Two years later, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research in ruminant nutrition. On top of these titles, she holds a masters degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and …read more
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 …read more
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) …read more
Download We’re hard at work on some great new episodes for 2018, so today on Rootstock Radio, we’re bringing you a very popular episode that originally aired in March 2017. Robyn O’Brien is an author, former food industry analyst, TEDx speaker and mother of four. She is also founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, an organization that aims …read more
Download Margaret Krome is the public policy program director for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). Over many years, she has collaborated to create and sustain funding for a number of state initiatives supporting environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible agriculture. Margaret served the Wisconsin Rural Development Center for nine years prior to joining MFAI in …read more
Download Marjorie Kelly is the Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President of The Democracy Collaborative, a non-profit organization that works to shift our economic system toward shared ownership and control, rather than concentrated wealth built on greed. Marjorie co-founded—and served as vice-president of—Business Ethics magazine, and received a Nautilus Book Award for her 2012 book, …read more