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Follow host Theresa Marquez as she exposes the realities of our broken food system and explores solutions put forward by our country's brightest changemakers.

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There is a dire need for honest—yet personable—education amidst the rampant apathy, ignorance and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face the plethora of rubber-stamped GMO releases, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with solutions for contributing to a sustainable future.

Recent Rootstock Radio Posts

Simple Truth Versus Post-Truth

John Ikerd, our Rootstock Radio interview this week has seen agriculture from all sides. The son of a farmer, he began in the 1970s out of college supporting the policies of Earl Butts, USDA Secretary of Ag under Richard Nixon known for his infamous directive to farmers: “Get big or get out.” By the mid-1980s, …

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Rootstock Radio: What Industrial Agriculture Can’t Accomplish

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 (FAO) …

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Rootstock Radio: Propagating 100 Episodes! (And a Healthy Planet)

Download Centennial celebrations are on the airwaves at Rootstock Radio, and you heard it here first. That’s right, this week’s show marks 2 years and 100 episodes of amplifying honest, inspirational, and compassionate voices from all corners of the good food movement. Hosts Theresa Marquez and Anne O’Connor honor the occasion by sitting down together to …

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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 …

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My Conversation with Paul DeMain: Native American Food Sovereignty

Paul DeMain’s Ojibwe name, Skabewis, means “messenger,” which is entirely appropriate for the course his life has taken. He is a speaker, journalist, managing editor and CEO of News from Indian Country, a teacher, and a member of the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin. DeMain also works with Winona LaDuke’s organization Honor the Earth, supporting Native environmental …

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Rootstock Radio: Preserving the ‘Element of Deliciousness’

Download How many different species do you think provide 95% of the world’s calories? Take a wild guess. Simran Sethi, a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change, has the answer to this question and it might shock you. (But we’re not going to tell – you’ll have to listen to find …

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Rootstock Radio: Paul DeMain Interview Transcript, Part 1

Interview with Paul DeMain, Part 1 Air date: May 29, 2017 Listen to the episode here. Welcome to Rootstock Radio. Join us as host Theresa Marquez talks to leaders from the Good Food movement about food, farming, and our global future. Rootstock Radio—propagating a healthy planet. Now, here’s host Theresa Marquez. THERESA MARQUEZ: Hello, and …

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Rootstock Radio: Paul DeMain Interview Transcript, Part 2

Air date: June 5, 2017 Welcome to Rootstock Radio. Join us as host Theresa Marquez talks to leaders from the Good Food movement about food, farming, and our global future. Rootstock Radio—propagating a healthy planet. Now, here’s host Theresa Marquez. THERESA MARQUEZ: Hello, listeners. I am Theresa Marquez, and we are about to listen to …

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Rootstock Radio: Indigenous Food Sovereignty & Activism, DAPL, Fracking & More

Listen to Part 1:  Download Part 1 Listen to Part 2:  Download Part 2 Paul DeMain is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and of Ojibwe descent. He is part of the Bear Clan and currently lives on the Lac Course Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin where he is the managing editor and …

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Three men pick basil in a Growing Home greenhouse.

Rootstock Radio: Urban Farming that Transforms Lives

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Harry Rhodes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Growing Home. Growing Home is a Chicago-based organization whose primary mission, in Harry’s own words, is to “transform lives—both individual lives and the community—through urban farming.” This transformation is accomplished through a transitional jobs program that employs over 50 …

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