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January, 2017

Rootstock Radio: CAFOs, Fracking and GMOs with Michele Merkel

Listen to Part 1:  Download Part 1 Click here for Part 2! This week on Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez speaks with Michele Merkel, co-director of Food and Water Justice, the legal arm of Food and Water Watch. Prior to her work at Food and Water Justice, Michele co-founded the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) where …

January 31st, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Amy Mondloch & the Perfect French Fry

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Amy Mondloch, a coordinator at Toxic Taters—a coalition in the potato-growing areas of central and north central Minnesota. North central Minnesota is one of the areas which is highly affected by the pesticides being sprayed by the R.D. Offutt (RDO) potato company. The cost …

November 15th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


GMO: Yes or No? Not so easy, not so fast

Last fall, I was invited to “debate” Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer, at the St. Louis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting. Our topic: GMOs. As expected, Fraley was firmly in the “pro” camp. I was framed as “con.” However, in my introduction to the audience, I asked that our meeting not be called …

October 11th, 2016  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  3 Comments


The Natural Challenge to Organic

The organic food movement is always full of challenges. For me as a CEO, I face an endless set of challenges while building and running an organic business that every year is unique. Now it seems, in the midst of our success, that organic is having an identity crisis. We hear a lot of discussion …

August 11th, 2016  |  Posted by George Siemon | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming


5 Things to Look for on Your Food Label

Eating is intimate. With every bite of food, we internalize a part of our outside environment. As a dietitian, I believe we need to know what’s in our food,  who produced it, and under what conditions, in order to best nourish ourselves, feed our families well, and protect our planet. Here are 5 important things to …

August 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  1 Comment


Rootstock Radio: GMOs, Pesticides and Bees with Dr. Charles Benbrook

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook, an agricultural economist, scientist and researcher. Dr. Benbrook has served as chief scientist for the Organic Center, a non-profit organization focused on organic research, education and advocacy, and as a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at …

July 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio


Cuba: Complicated and on the Cusp of Change

Like most “forbidden fruit,” travel to  Cuba seems especially alluring to U.S. citizens, in part because we can’t simply go there with the rest of the free world and sip rum-laced drinks on white sandy beaches hugged by the clear blue Caribbean Sea. Our strict U.S. – Cuba trade embargo has prohibited U.S. citizens from …

May 5th, 2016  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Travel  |  1 Comment


DARK Act Goes Down

On Wednesday, March 16, the U.S. Senate stopped the advance of a GMO-labeling bill pushed by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts by a vote of 48 (supporting) to 49 (opposing). Considering 60 votes were needed to advance the bill, the outcome is a resounding defeat of legislation that would prohibit states or the federal government from enacting …

March 21st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues


What is GMO labeling?

Since the biotech industry first introduced genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques—20 years ago, farmers, politicians and consumers have debated their use. But as the presence of GMOs in food production increases, the debate has changed focus. Now, the public is demanding that if GMOs are used …

March 11th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues  |  2 Comments


Rootstock Radio: Author & Food Activist Frances Moore Lappé (part 2)

Download Last week we presented part 1 of our conversation with author and food activist Frances Moore Lappé. Here in part 2, we continue our discussion of topics covered in her new book, “World Hunger: 10 Myths.” Here, we discuss how responsible farming practices can improve soil quality, which improves both yields and crop nutrition, …

February 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


 
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