Attorney Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons just launched a podcast series on legal issues for farmers. The podcasts are compiled from Farm Commons’ winter webinars and are about an hour each. The initial list includes “The Beginning Farmer’s Introduction to Farm Law” and “Put Your CSA on Strong Legal Footing.” New podcasts will be added each week. Read Full Article »
Farm and Food Policy Analyst Linley Dixon discusses The Cornucopia Institute’s latest report Culture Wars: How the Food Giants turned Yogurt, a Health Food, into Junk Food. Learn why the “live and active cultures” label is not a good signifier of the healthiness of your yogurt, the hidden additives and environmental waste issues with many Greek yogurts, why yogurt from pastured dairy cows is the healthiest and how to know if they are pastured, and much more.
Montana Public Radio
by Beth Anne Austein
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 »
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 »