Farm to Table means different things to different people but many would agree that restaurants and their chefs have led the way on our Farm to Table journey. Chefs might say that they have been led by their own customers who have shown a preference for food with a story all the way back to the farm: the farmer, unique varieties or breeds, production practices and overall sustainability. In this episode of Farm To Table Talk we are joined at the table by Greg Drescher, the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Industry Leadership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to explore what Farm To Table means in the Culinary world and the trends that change menus.
Slow Water Wins – Erica Gies
Slow water always wins however we can still thrive in this emerging age of climate change caused drought and deluges. Erica Gies has written a book, about “Slow Water” innovations that are helping us adapt to the increasing water dilemmas. Respect for water's winning ways is where it all begins as this Journalist/Author shares the ways we must work for smart and slow water systems at the Eco Farm. Erica is an award-winning independent journalist and National Geographic Explorer, writing about water, climate change, plants, and animals for Scientific American, the New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, the Guardian, and other outlets. She co-founded two environmental news startups, Climate Confidential and This Week in Earth. www.eco-farm.org/conference
Resource-fullness Required – Michael Kilpatrick
Farmers face challenges ranging from rising costs for them to low prices to them and seemingly endless regulations that need more time and attention than they have the ability to give. They need to be more resourceful than ever, whether they have been farming for generations or just coming in to it from a non-farming background, Michael Kilpatrick has been helping farmers make resourceful, sometimes 'rogue' adjustments in their plans, execution and results that yield desired incomes. In podcasts and events including the annual Rogue Food Conference, the attainable goal is Thriving Farmers.
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Alexa, Got Pesticide? – Karen Morrison
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has reached a multimillion-dollar legal agreement with online retail giant Amazon.com Services, LLC. (Amazon) for the illegal sale of pesticides in California.Under the terms of the agreement, Amazon will pay DPR a total of $4.97 million – $3.69 million in unpaid pesticide sales assessment fees and related late penalties, and $1.28 million in civil penalties associated with retail sales of unregistered pesticides into California. Amazon also agreed to register as a pesticide broker, and report and pay the mill assessment associated with all future retail sales of registered pesticides into California. Karen Morrison, Chief Deputy Director and Science Advisor to the DPR explains how the regulation of crop protection materials is extending into cyber space boundaries to protect the public . www.cdpr.ca.gov
Angus Wright, Ramon Gonzales – Steve Gliessman
Thirty years ago “The Death of Ramon Gonzalez was published and subsequently began making an impression on thousands of people around the world with, as Wes Jackson of The Land Institute said,” a new way of looking at the tragic human and environmental consequences of chemical-dependent agriculture”. The author of this ground breaking book, Angus Wright recently passed away after a productive life. For the author of a book that begins with a death from chemical agriculture in Mexico, it seems fitting that the death of the author Angus Wright should begin with a review of lessons learned, progress made and what more is needed for “modern agriculture.” To help with this journey I’m pleased to welcome, Steve Gliessman farmer, retired University of California Santa Cruz professor, one of the first guests on Farm to Table Talk and an author himself-- he literally wrote the book on Agroecology.
Wendell’s Wisdom – Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry has shared his unique wisdom for over 50 years in over 50 books. The new book,"The Need To Be Whole" was introduced by Wendell himself at the Kentucky Book Festival at the Joseph-Beth Book Sellers in Lexington, Kentucky. Farm To Table Talk host, Rodger Wasson was there to hear Wendell wisdom first hand. All of Wendell's books are worth a read but "The Unsettling of America" is especially appropriate in these unsettled times. It is wonderful to hear Wendell in person and is almost as good to once again listen to the conversation he had in 2014 with Bill Moyers. To commemorate a special weekend in Kentucky with Wendell we're bringing back this conversation of Wendell Berry and Bill Moyers. It is a production of the Schumann Media Center and Mannes production. www.Berry Center.org
Food Communicates – Wyatt Ball
Food communicates origin, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and global health upstream, downstream and around our tables. Progressive brands realize that in a true cost accounting future, they will need to be able to provide a suite of environmental impact metrics that go beyond just carbon to include soil, health, water data and biodiversity metrics. Wyatt Ball, Land to Market's Client Success Manager sheds a light on the responsible brand journey that starts on farms or ranches and ends on our plate. www.landtomarket.com
For people who love farms and good food
This podcast always offers interesting insights about food and farming. Whether you are interested in practical ideas and tips for small-scale farming, or the latest in farm policy, this is one of the best podcasts I’ve found. The guests are always folks who are involved in hands-on work, or have a specific expertise to share. The show host asks great questions and I look forward to listening every week.
One day at work I was tired of listening to historical podcasts and I searched agricultural podcasts and I found this one! I’m studying to be an Agricultural Educator. I love these podcasts because I’m from a grain and beef community and this goes into different types of Ag. Roger is calm and the conversation is not a bunch or random people spouting off. It’s very professional and bring new ideas. I love this and I plan to use these with assignments because they are so informational.
Wonderful Resource for Food and Ag Professionals
This podcast addresses the issues facing the food and ag sector in segments that are long enough to delve into the issue, but short enough to get a series of main points across concisely. Rodger is a wonderful host - the conversation flows naturally like a discussion at the kitchen table rather than an interview and provided for a few laughs along the way. I highly recommend all ag and food professional subscribe to this resource and bookmark it to listen to new segments as they come out!