Jesse Straight is a local farmer and father of five young children. A few years back, he never would have imagined the life he leads today. As a student at the University of Virginia, Jesse was on a religious studies and pre-med track. Hear what changed the direction of his life and sparked his passion for farming–and not just any farming but sustainable farming. All of the animals at Whiffletree Farm are regularly moved to fresh pasture, receive no GMO feed, antibiotics, chemical wormers or hormones. No chemicals are used on the land, either. Jesse loves his work and wants all people to find joy and health in good food raised with integrity, on a small scale.
Presidential politics may have addressed everything that matters except what may matter most, our food system. Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and other food movement leaders, including our guest Ricardo Salvador from the Union of Concerned Scientists intend to change that with the “Plate of the Union”. Ricardo explains the issues, the political process now and what should happen next. Read Full Article »
Pastured Poultry Talk
by Mike Badger
Mike interviews Mark Kastel of Cornucopia Institute to discuss the Institute’s report “Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture.” The gold standard in organic egg production, according to Mark, is smaller, pasture-raised flocks, and these are the farms that earn the coveted 5-egg rating in the accompanying egg scorecard.
At about 14 minutes, Mark starts drawing a distinction between pasture-raised and enhanced outdoor access. Enhanced outdoor access (a 4 egg rating), he says, is what mainstream organic consumers think they’re getting, but the prevailing marketplace reality is not even close.
This short interview will give you insights into the organic egg production, but the full report is recommended reading as it demonstrates a understanding of pasture-raised in the context of the issues facing farmers. Read Full Article »
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Today’s children grow up in an environment riddled with toxins. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Routt Reigart, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, co-editor of the 6th Edition of the EPA’s Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings, and Beyond Pesticides Board President.
Known as the “Father of the Children’s Environmental Health Movement,” Reigart explains why children are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposures; he discusses the impact of pesticides on children’s health and how parents, care providers, and policy makers can help keep our future safe. Read Full Article »
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 »