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October, 2017

Rootstock Radio: Food, Fun & Social Activism

Download In 1983, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Café and became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model for sustainable business practices. White Dog Café, begun as a simple coffee and muffin shop on the first floor of Judy’s home, was founded on the three pillars of “food, fun and social …

October 9th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

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  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

The Climate Movement Needs You!

If every country that made an emissions-cutting pledge in the Paris Agreement keeps its promise, the individual commitments would only keep warming below 3 degrees C at best[1].  Current emission levels will result in temperature rise up to 7.8 degrees C by the end of this century.[2] That should terrify you! “A 4 degrees C future …

March 31st, 2017  |  Posted by Jonathan Reinbold | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Holistic Farming with Allan Savory

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Allan Savory. Allan is the co-founder of the United States based Savory Institute and the Africa Centre for Holistic Management. He is also a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe. Much of the work Allan is doing with holistic land management started with the …

December 27th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Heirloom Floriani Corn, Lost and Found

Of the many edible gifts native peoples of the Americas have given to the world, the most important is, arguably, corn. And yet, of the tens of thousands of maize varieties Native Americans developed to thrive in every soil, altitude, and climate, most were irretrievably lost. In the past hundred years, even more corn varieties …

September 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

Adapting to Our Changing Climate

For most of us, climate change is something that afflicts different neighborhoods, distant cities, or future times.  And while many people know something about California’s drought, or Miami’s drowning, few are aware that climate change has arrived in the Heartland, the breadbasket of our nation, and will affect all of us. This is because nearly …

August 24th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Climate Change, the Farmer and You

We know global climate change is a real thing, and it’s going on right now. But do we know the science behind it and the effects it has on the people producing our food? In 2012, the U.S. Department of agriculture released a new Plant Hardiness Zone map. This was the first new map since …

August 24th, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Impact of Climate Change on Pollinators and Agriculture and What to Do about It

The Problem: Climate Change Will Increase Extinction Risk of Other Pollinating Insects Such as Bees and Butterflies By guest contributor Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, LD Nuts and produce such as almonds, pumpkins, squashes, blueberries, and apples are highly dependent on pollinators such as bees and butterflies.1 In contrast, crops such as corn and wheat do …

February 4th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

A Conversation with Paul Hawken: “Carbon Drawdown”

This fall, Organic Valley hosted a special educational event called Grass Up with our friends at the annual national Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. We were honored to be joined by environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, and we’d like to share his talk with you here. In it, he speaks about his new endeavor, Project Drawdown, …

December 31st, 2015  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Sustainability

More than a Meal: Volunteers Serve Up Hot Meals During South Carolina Flood Relief

On September 29, 2015, storm clouds gathered off the Eastern coast of the United States. Over the next few days, the storm blew up into a powerful nor’easter—then stalled, dumping torrential rains up and down the East Coast. Among the hardest hit states was South Carolina. Parts of the state received a staggering two feet …

December 17th, 2015  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

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