Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, we focus not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. We invite you to meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others on a mission to create a world in which the food we eat is healthy—for us, for the land and water from which it springs, for the lives and livelihoods of the producers, and for the planet.
indigenous, Native American, Sanjay Rawal, Gather, documentaries, regenerative agriculture
Sanjay Rawal 's new film, Gather, explores how Native Americans across the U.S. are rediscovering their food traditions--and building on them in the context of present-day realities.
Funding the science of regenerative ag
LaKisha Odom is Scientific Program Director (Soil Health) at The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. A non-profit organization funded by the Farm Bill, FFAR is helping to fund the scientific research behind healthy soil practices so that more farmers can make the transition to regenerative agriculture and long-term sustainability and resilience.
Reclaiming the Commons: a conversation with Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is an environmental leader, scientist, and activist. Author of over 20 books, she’s founder and leader of Navdanya, a non-governmental organization and movement that promotes biodiversity, organic farming, the rights of farmers, and seed saving. Her latest book is, Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, Indigenous Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth, published by Synergetic Press.
From art to agriculture: Emerald Gardens
Roberto Meza was an artist and MIT graduate student who took some time off to deal with health concerns and found that fresh greens made such a difference in his life that he started growing them. Now he runs a thriving business and focuses on food sovereignty and equity.
First nations food and agriculture
A-Dae Romero Briones is director of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems initiative at First Nations Development Institute. We talk about programs across the country that are helping native people build healthier food systems and to strengthen the traditions that have kept these systems alive even during the most devastating periods of colonization.
Making ag finance work for farmers, not just for bankers
Many food producers spend so much money paying interest to banks that they are unable to pay for improvements that would make their farms more resilient and regenerative. Zach Ducheneaux talks about an alternative that's already having some success in Indian country.
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I have learned so much
This is my go-to podcast that I look forward to every week, I love the way Mary Charlotte interviews her guests, the subjects around regenerative agriculture, changing our food systems, components of thriving ecosystems (the one about the beavers was one of my favorites). Her guests are top notch, heroes in my opinion. Thank you so much for all you do!