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Rootstock Radio: How to Engage in our Food System Between Elections

Listen to Part 2:  Download Part 2 Click here to listen to Part 1 of our conversation with Michele Merkel. This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez continues her conversation with Michele Merkel, co-director of the legal arm of Food and Water Watch. This is the second part of a two-part interview, so if …

February 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Valentines Love Organic Chocolate

In this unpredictable world, it’s good to remember that there are positive actions, even pleasurable ones, that we can take in our own lives and communities.  One is to follow the simple injunction to “love one another.”  And there’s no better way (in my humble opinion) to do that around Valentine’s Day than with organic …

February 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Farming


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


Rootstock Radio: Erika Allen on Creativity in Urban Agriculture

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks with Erika Allen, Chicago and National Projects Director for the nonprofit organization Growing Power. Erika is the daughter of Growing Power’s founder Will Allen, and as such, spent her formative years involved in all aspects of farm management–from transplanting seedlings to managing farm stands and …

January 24th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Malik Yakini on the Good Food Revolution

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor speaks with Malik Yakini. Malik is founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, an organization that operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. He views the good food revolution …

January 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Rural Renewal with Robert Wolf

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks with Robert Wolf. Formerly a Chicago Tribune columnist, Robert currently serves as the director of Free River Press. He has written several books and is the producer of American Mosaic, a weekly half-hour radio program featuring stories written and read by men and women from all …

January 21st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio  |  3 Comments


On the Record: Organic Valley Strongly Supports USDA Organic Animal Care Standards

Organic Valley strongly supports the USDA’s final rule on organic animal care standards. Our farmer-owned cooperative, which works with thousands of organic dairy, hog and poultry producers, has long advocated for action to clarify the conditions and expectations for animal care in organic farming. We have lived with inconsistencies in organic livestock and poultry production …

January 20th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record, Organic Farming


Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness


On the Record: Organic Valley Welcomes Organic Checkoff Comment Period

Promotion board for organic food can save more family farms and educate more organic consumers. The USDA public comment period is open until March 20, 2017. Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic family farmers, today welcomed the USDA’s notice and public comment period on a proposed research and promotion board for organic food. …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record


Thanksgiving, from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock

Thanksgiving is a holiday that puts food and people front and center: meat and vegetables, Pilgrims and Indians. But ever since I visited the Sacred Stone Encampment of the Standing Rock Sioux, I’ve been thinking more deeply about the foods and people commonly linked to Thanksgiving, and about the complicated nexus of culture, history, mythology, …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues


 
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