Podcasts Archive

Women Farmers

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Montana Public Radio
by Beth Anne Austein

Source: USDA

Producer Lacy Roberts brings us an hour of conversation with and about female farmers. First, we learn why photographer Audra Mulkern started the Female Farmer Project and what it reveals about female back-to-the-land farmers. Next, we sit around the kitchen table with Tracy and Margaret, owners of Dixon, Montana’s County Rail Farm, and two of the farm’s young interns, Kitty and Morgan, who describe falling for organic farming. Finally, farmer-mom-journalist-editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill of Prairie Heritage Farm near Power, Montana shares how she, a farmer’s daughter who vowed to never marry a farmer, did exactly that. Cowgill’s description of this phase of her career: “part-time job, full-time Mom, part-time farmer and full-time cook and keeper of the house, the finances, the schedule, the diaper bag…” Read Full Article »

Pesticides Found in GM Soy; Vermont Orders Labels

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Credit: USDA

Living on Earth
with Steve Curwood

A recent study found “extreme levels” of the herbicide glyphosate, linked to birth defects and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in genetically modified soybeans farmed in Iowa.

The US federal government doesn’t recognize a material difference between GM and non-GM crops but Vermont will require all genetically modified foods carry labels from 2016. Scientist Michael Hansen of Consumers’ Union discusses GM food safety with host Steve Curwood. Read Full Article »

The Cornucopia’s Kastel on Walmart, Target and the Current Tumult in Organics

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Farm Report
with Pam Jahnke
Mark Kastel, co-founder of the organic watchdog group, Cornucopia Institute – was a special guest on the WI Farm Report to update listeners on regulatory challenges in the organic food industry.

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Bad News about Pesticides – The Leonard Lopate Show

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show

Credit: NRCS

Reporter Susan Freinkel talks about what happens to brains of children who have been exposed at a young age to pesticides. She’s joined by Lee Fang, who reports on how the pesticide companies have influenced regulations in Washington and at the local level. Both Freinkel and Fang are contributors to The Nation magazine. Freinkel is the author of the book Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and her article Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain and Fang’s article The Pesticide Industry vs. Consumers: Not a Fair Fight appear in the March 31, 2014, issue of The Nation magazine. Read Full Article »

The Future of Organic Standards with Mark Kastel on Live to 110

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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