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Farmers interview scientists, activists, politicians, and authors engaged in protecting USDA organic food against an active corporate takeover. As the Real Organic Project releases its add-on food label in stores and markets in 2021, we want to introduce eaters across the United States to our movement and its allies. In this podcast series, you'll meet the best organic and regenerative farmers around, as well as journalists, climate experts, policy makers and chefs (former VP Al Gore, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Paul Hawken, Leah Penniman, Bill Mckibben, Alice Waters, Dan Barber, Karen Washington, Eliot Coleman - to name a few!) who support our mission and have lent their voices and insights to explaining the importance of keeping corporate cheaters out of the real food movement. As bad players aim to redefine what food is for the sake of their own profits, we believe there is too much at stake for both human and planetary health today and into the future. Feed the soil, not the plant!!

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Farmers interview scientists, activists, politicians, and authors engaged in protecting USDA organic food against an active corporate takeover. As the Real Organic Project releases its add-on food label in stores and markets in 2021, we want to introduce eaters across the United States to our movement and its allies. In this podcast series, you'll meet the best organic and regenerative farmers around, as well as journalists, climate experts, policy makers and chefs (former VP Al Gore, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Paul Hawken, Leah Penniman, Bill Mckibben, Alice Waters, Dan Barber, Karen Washington, Eliot Coleman - to name a few!) who support our mission and have lent their voices and insights to explaining the importance of keeping corporate cheaters out of the real food movement. As bad players aim to redefine what food is for the sake of their own profits, we believe there is too much at stake for both human and planetary health today and into the future. Feed the soil, not the plant!!

    Kris Nichols Part Two: Carbon Sequestration Is Our Responsibility

    Kris Nichols Part Two: Carbon Sequestration Is Our Responsibility

    #048: In our continued conversation with Dr. Kris Nichols, we focus on the capacity of Earth's soils to store vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, and the role of real organic farmers in using regenerative growing practices to accomplish that task as they produce food, fiber, and energy for our societies.

    Dr. Kris Nichols is a well-known soil scientist and former USDA researcher, who has delivered over 250 speaking presentations, including a role in the soil movie Kiss The Ground. Kris grew up on a grain farm in Minnesota and earned her PhD at the University of Maryland. You can learn more about her consulting work through her website KRIS-Systems.

    To watch a video version of this podcast please visit:
    https://www.realorganicproject.org/kris-nichols-carbon-sequestration-our-responsibilty-episode-forty-eight

    The Real Organic Podcast is hosted by Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, engineered by Brandon StCyr, and edited and produced by Jenny Prince.

    The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement working towards certifying 1,000 farms across the United States this year. Our add-on food label distinguishes soil-grown fruits and vegetables from hydroponically-raised produce. It also identifies pasture-raised meat, milk, and eggs as compared to products harvested from animals in horrific confinement (CAFOs - confined animal feeding operations).

    To find a Real Organic farm near you, please visit:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/farms

    We believe that the organic standards, with their focus on soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare were written as they should be. But the current lack of enforcement of those standards is jeopardizing small farms that follow the law. The lack of enforcement is also jeopardizing the overall health of the customers who support the organic movement; customers who are not getting what they pay for at market but are still paying a premium price. The lack of enforcement is jeopardizing the very cycles (water, air, nutrients) that Earth relies upon to provide us all with a place to live, by pushing extractive, chemical agriculture to the forefront.

    If you like what you hear and are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join our movement by becoming one of our 1,000  Real Friends!

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/1000-real-fans/

    To read our weekly newsletter (which might just be the most forwarded newsletter on the internet!) and get firsthand news about what's happening with organic food, farming and policy, please subscribe here:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/email/
    The 3rd annual interactive Real Organic Symposium takes place LIVE -  on Sunday Jan 30th and Sunday Feb 6th - from 3 to 5pm EST!  Featuring 50+ farmers, authors, policy experts, and more from the organic movement, including: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Senator Jon Tester, Eliot Coleman, US Rep Chellie Pingree, and Vandana Shiva.We hope that you'll join the conversation! Learn more at:https://www.realorganic2022.org/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Kris Nichols Part One: Farm-Geeking Out On Soil Biology

    Kris Nichols Part One: Farm-Geeking Out On Soil Biology

    #047:  Soil microbiologist Dr. Kris Nichols takes us below ground to explore the evolution of mycorrhizae, the role of "soil glue" glomalin, and the benefits of storing carbon in our crop lands to keep soils teeming with life while reducing the need for costly farm (or garden) amendments. 

    Dr. Kris Nichols is a well-known soil scientist and former USDA researcher, who has delivered over 250 speaking presentations, including a role in the soil movie Kiss The Ground. Kris grew up on a grain farm in Minnesota and earned her PhD at the University of Maryland. You can learn more about her consulting work through her website KRIS-Systems.

    To watch a video version of this podcast please visit:
    https://www.realorganicproject.org/kris-nichols-farm-geeking-out-on-soil-biology-episode-forty-seven

    The Real Organic Podcast is hosted by Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, engineered by Brandon StCyr, and edited and produced by Jenny Prince.

    The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement working towards certifying 1,000 farms across the United States this year. Our add-on food label distinguishes soil-grown fruits and vegetables from hydroponically-raised produce. It also identifies pasture-raised meat, milk, and eggs as compared to products harvested from animals in horrific confinement (CAFOs - confined animal feeding operations).

    To find a Real Organic farm near you, please visit:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/farms

    We believe that the organic standards, with their focus on soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare were written as they should be. But the current lack of enforcement of those standards is jeopardizing small farms that follow the law. The lack of enforcement is also jeopardizing the overall health of the customers who support the organic movement; customers who are not getting what they pay for at market but are still paying a premium price. The lack of enforcement is jeopardizing the very cycles (water, air, nutrients) that Earth relies upon to provide us all with a place to live, by pushing extractive, chemical agriculture to the forefront.

    If you like what you hear and are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join our movement by becoming one of our 1,000  Real Friends!

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/1000-real-fans/

    To read our weekly newsletter (which might just be the most forwarded newsletter on the internet!) and get firsthand news about what's happening with organic food, farming and policy, please subscribe here:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/email/
    The 3rd annual interactive Real Organic Symposium takes place LIVE -  on Sunday Jan 30th and Sunday Feb 6th - from 3 to 5pm EST!  Featuring 50+ farmers, authors, policy experts, and more from the organic movement, including: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Senator Jon Tester, Eliot Coleman, US Rep Chellie Pingree, and Vandana Shiva.We hope that you'll join the conversation! Learn more at:https://www.realorganic2022.org/

    • 55 min
    Michael Kilpatrick: Small Farms Can Earn Good Livings

    Michael Kilpatrick: Small Farms Can Earn Good Livings

    #046:  As the host of Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael Kilpatrick is filled with stories,  solutions, and advice for the tough challenges that small farmers face today. He's also filled with plenty of observations around the negative impact industrial practices are having on our land and animals, especially when amplified at scale, and the disappointment of seeing these techniques earning the organic seal.   

    Michael Kilpatrick is a farmer, consultant, speaker, and the host of the Thriving Farmer Podcast. After many years of farming in NY's Hudson Valley, he is currently transitioning his newly-acquired family farm in Carlisle, OH, The Farm On Central, to certified organic. As a consultant, Michael leads thousands of small farmers through trainings focused on business and finance at Growing Farmers.

    To watch a video version of this podcast please visit:
    https://www.realorganicproject.org/michael-kilpatrick-small-farms-can-earn-good-livings-episode-forty-six

    The Real Organic Podcast is hosted by Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, engineered by Brandon StCyr, and edited and produced by Jenny Prince.

    The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement working towards certifying 1,000 farms across the United States this year. Our add-on food label distinguishes soil-grown fruits and vegetables from hydroponically-raised produce. It also identifies pasture-raised meat, milk, and eggs as compared to products harvested from animals in horrific confinement (CAFOs - confined animal feeding operations).

    To find a Real Organic farm near you, please visit:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/farms

    We believe that the organic standards, with their focus on soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare were written as they should be. But the current lack of enforcement of those standards is jeopardizing small farms that follow the law. The lack of enforcement is also jeopardizing the overall health of the customers who support the organic movement; customers who are not getting what they pay for at market but are still paying a premium price. The lack of enforcement is jeopardizing the very cycles (water, air, nutrients) that Earth relies upon to provide us all with a place to live, by pushing extractive, chemical agriculture to the forefront.

    If you like what you hear and are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join our movement by becoming one of our 1,000  Real Friends!

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/1000-real-fans/

    To read our weekly newsletter (which might just be the most forwarded newsletter on the internet!) and get firsthand news about what's happening with organic food, farming and policy, please subscribe here:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/email/
    The 3rd annual interactive Real Organic Symposium takes place LIVE -  on Sunday Jan 30th and Sunday Feb 6th - from 3 to 5pm EST!  Featuring 50+ farmers, authors, policy experts, and more from the organic movement, including: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Senator Jon Tester, Eliot Coleman, US Rep Chellie Pingree, and Vandana Shiva.We hope that you'll join the conversation! Learn more at:https://www.realorganic2022.org/

    • 58 min
    Eric Sideman: Organic Means You Must Love Soil

    Eric Sideman: Organic Means You Must Love Soil

    #045:  Eric Sideman shares his deep knowledge of the organic movement, including the growing practices that align concerned eaters with the farmers who lovingly produce their food, and the missteps taken by the USDA that have put the whole beautiful arrangement at risk.

    Eric Sideman has been an organic farmer, advocate, policy expert, and teacher for decades. After joining the MOFGA staff, he became  Maine's "first organic extension agent," spreading his technical knowledge of organic growing practices across the state. Somewhat retired, he runs a pick-your-own farm with his family and serves on the Real Organic Advisory Board.

    To watch a video version of this podcast please visit:
    https://www.realorganicproject.org/eric-sideman-organic-means-you-must-love-soil-episode-forty-five

    The Real Organic Podcast is hosted by Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, engineered by Brandon StCyr, and edited and produced by Jenny Prince.

    The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement working towards certifying 1,000 farms across the United States this year. Our add-on food label distinguishes soil-grown fruits and vegetables from hydroponically-raised produce. It also identifies pasture-raised meat, milk, and eggs as compared to products harvested from animals in horrific confinement (CAFOs - confined animal feeding operations).

    To find a Real Organic farm near you, please visit:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/farms

    We believe that the organic standards, with their focus on soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare were written as they should be. But the current lack of enforcement of those standards is jeopardizing small farms that follow the law. The lack of enforcement is also jeopardizing the overall health of the customers who support the organic movement; customers who are not getting what they pay for at market but are still paying a premium price. The lack of enforcement is jeopardizing the very cycles (water, air, nutrients) that Earth relies upon to provide us all with a place to live, by pushing extractive, chemical agriculture to the forefront.

    If you like what you hear and are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join our movement by becoming one of our 1,000  Real Friends!

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/1000-real-fans/

    To read our weekly newsletter (which might just be the most forwarded newsletter on the internet!) and get firsthand news about what's happening with organic food, farming and policy, please subscribe here:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/email/
    The 3rd annual interactive Real Organic Symposium takes place LIVE -  on Sunday Jan 30th and Sunday Feb 6th - from 3 to 5pm EST!  Featuring 50+ farmers, authors, policy experts, and more from the organic movement, including: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Senator Jon Tester, Eliot Coleman, US Rep Chellie Pingree, and Vandana Shiva.We hope that you'll join the conversation! Learn more at:https://www.realorganic2022.org/

    • 1 hr
    Alan Lewis: Why Real Farm Food Is Rarely Found In Stores

    Alan Lewis: Why Real Farm Food Is Rarely Found In Stores

    #044:  Alan Lewis of Natural Grocers shares some (pretty disturbing) insights about the effects consolidation in our distribution and supply chains are having on small farmers. Long gone are the days of your local food co-op unloading just-picked produce from the back of pickup truck! Here instead is more industrial food than ever, that's been engineered for delivery and storage with zero loss - and zero flavor.

    Alan Lewis is the VP of Government Affairs, Stakeholder Relations, and Organic Compliance at Natural Grocers. His 2019 talk at the first annual Real Organic Symposium blew a lot of minds, as he described the massive consolidation in the natural foods industry, which has been boiled down to two distributors. In addition to his roles with IFOAM North America, the  Non-GMO Project, and the Organic + Natural Health Association,  Alan serves on the Real Organic Advisory Board.


    To watch a video version of this podcast please visit:
    https://www.realorganicproject.org/alan-lewis-real-farm-food-rare-in-stores-episode-forty-four

    The Real Organic Podcast is hosted by Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, engineered by Brandon StCyr, and edited and produced by Jenny Prince.

    The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement working towards certifying 1,000 farms across the United States this year. Our add-on food label distinguishes soil-grown fruits and vegetables from hydroponically-raised produce. It also identifies pasture-raised meat, milk, and eggs as compared to products harvested from animals in horrific confinement (CAFOs - confined animal feeding operations).

    To find a Real Organic farm near you, please visit:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/farms

    We believe that the organic standards, with their focus on soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare were written as they should be. But the current lack of enforcement of those standards is jeopardizing small farms that follow the law. The lack of enforcement is also jeopardizing the overall health of the customers who support the organic movement; customers who are not getting what they pay for at market but are still paying a premium price. The lack of enforcement is jeopardizing the very cycles (water, air, nutrients) that Earth relies upon to provide us all with a place to live, by pushing extractive, chemical agriculture to the forefront.

    If you like what you hear and are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join our movement by becoming one of our 1,000  Real Friends!

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/1000-real-fans/

    To read our weekly newsletter (which might just be the most forwarded newsletter on the internet!) and get firsthand news about what's happening with organic food, farming and policy, please subscribe here:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/email/
    The 3rd annual interactive Real Organic Symposium takes place LIVE -  on Sunday Jan 30th and Sunday Feb 6th - from 3 to 5pm EST!  Featuring 50+ farmers, authors, policy experts, and more from the organic movement, including: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Senator Jon Tester, Eliot Coleman, US Rep Chellie Pingree, and Vandana Shiva.We hope that you'll join the conversation! Learn more at:https://www.realorganic2022.org/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Woody Tasch: Investing In Your Local Soil With Slow Money

    Woody Tasch: Investing In Your Local Soil With Slow Money

    #043: Founder and chairperson of the Slow Money Institute Woody Tasch talks us through investing in our local communities, farms, and soil with great intention and patience. Woody promotes a grassroots approach through the formation of community groups that offer zero-percent loans to organic farms and food businesses actively stewarding living soil. 

    Woody Tasch is the author of SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered  (2008) and has most recently written AHA! Fake Trillions, Real Billions, Beetcoin, and the Great American Do-Over.  Woody is the creator of Beetcoin, which is designed to give zero-percent loans to organic farms and local foos businesses.  In 2010 UTNE Reader names him one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”


    To watch a video version of this podcast please visit:
    https://www.realorganicproject.org/woody-tasch-investing-local-soil-slow-money-episode-forty-three

    The Real Organic Podcast is hosted by Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, engineered by Brandon StCyr, and edited and produced by Jenny Prince.

    The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement working towards certifying 1,000 farms across the United States this year. Our add-on food label distinguishes soil-grown fruits and vegetables from hydroponically-raised produce. It also identifies pasture-raised meat, milk, and eggs as compared to products harvested from animals in horrific confinement (CAFOs - confined animal feeding operations).

    To find a Real Organic farm near you, please visit:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/farms

    We believe that the organic standards, with their focus on soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare were written as they should be. But the current lack of enforcement of those standards is jeopardizing small farms that follow the law. The lack of enforcement is also jeopardizing the overall health of the customers who support the organic movement; customers who are not getting what they pay for at market but are still paying a premium price. The lack of enforcement is jeopardizing the very cycles (water, air, nutrients) that Earth relies upon to provide us all with a place to live, by pushing extractive, chemical agriculture to the forefront.

    If you like what you hear and are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join our movement by becoming one of our 1,000  Real Friends!

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/1000-real-fans/

    To read our weekly newsletter (which might just be the most forwarded newsletter on the internet!) and get firsthand news about what's happening with organic food, farming and policy, please subscribe here:

    https://www.realorganicproject.org/email/
    The 3rd annual interactive Real Organic Symposium takes place LIVE -  on Sunday Jan 30th and Sunday Feb 6th - from 3 to 5pm EST!  Featuring 50+ farmers, authors, policy experts, and more from the organic movement, including: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Senator Jon Tester, Eliot Coleman, US Rep Chellie Pingree, and Vandana Shiva.We hope that you'll join the conversation! Learn more at:https://www.realorganic2022.org/

    • 39 min

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Great speaker line up!

What an awesome speaker lineup. Great questions to so many real farmers and leaders.

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Real Organic

The best series you will find about our food and farming by a national movement of farmers who are fighting for the organic certification to mean really organic and not some deceptive, cheap, nutrition lacking food from giant agribusiness. Dave Chapman's style, the interviewer, is quiet calm and thoughtful and each featured person is teaching vital information about our soil and water, how to feed everyone with a different agri economic system, BIPOC farming revival, humane animal conditions and about food that actually tastes good and gives our bodies the micronutrients we need. This is a farmer revolution for all of us!

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Very informed, experienced, engaged and articulate people having important and interesting discussions about real organic and sustainable farming and its impact on our health, our soils, our communities and global climate change.

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