Sustainable Agriculture & the Environment Podcasts

Richard Linton on Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina

E75: Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina

February 2020

Agriculture is a remarkably complex, fascinating, and important topic. We all eat of course, but often we don't know much about the story of our food, how it gets produced, where it comes from, how technology, for example, can help provide wholesome, healthy, and safe food, and more. There are some remarkable people out there who see the big picture and who understand both the past and future of agriculture. One such person is our guest, Richard Linton. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E75: Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina »


Will Harris, White Oak Pastures

E72: Will Harris on White Oak Pastures Success with Regenerative Ag

January 2020

Imagine being a fourth-generation owner of a business and deciding to completely change things to upend tried-and-traditional ways of doing things in favor of something brand new, untraditional, and potentially pretty risky. Such is the story of our guest today, farmer Will Harris. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E72: Will Harris on White Oak Pastures Success with Regenerative Ag »


Gabe and Paul Brown

E69: Gabe Brown on the Desperate Need for Regenerative Agriculture

January 2020

Imagine a farm doing such creative work that more than 2,000 people come to visit each year from all 50 states and more than 20 countries outside the US. What do you think such a farm might be doing? Our guest Gabe Brown can explain. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E69: Gabe Brown on the Desperate Need for Regenerative Agriculture »


Allan Savory on the Necessity of Regenerative Agriculture

E55: Allan Savory on Regenerative Agriculture

October 2019

Regenerative agriculture is a highly visible, interesting and promising approach to raising animals. The person credited for conceiving this approach, testing it and helping it spread around the world is our guest today, Allan Savory. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E55: Allan Savory on Regenerative Agriculture »


Marlowe Vaughn on Hogs and Hurricanes

E52: Hogs and Hurricanes in North Carolina

October 2019

We're talking today with Bob Ivey and his daughter, Marlowe Vaughan, owners of Razorback Farms in Goldsboro where they raise pigs as a contractor for Maxwell Farms. Ivey and Vaughan closely follow the news, debates, and lawsuits over pig manure lagoons, odors, and water safety concerns, and they welcomed the opportunity to talk about their own farm operations, and they believe in the value of open communications. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E52: Hogs and Hurricanes in North Carolina »


Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing

E47: Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing

September 2019

Jamie and Amy Agar, and their extended family, co-own the Hickory Nut Gap Farm business, and the brand Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Both are graduates of Warren Wilson College, and the couple took over running the farm in 2006 with a vision to achieve environmental sustainability through regenerative grazing. What began as a dream is now a thriving business built on relationships, environmental stewardship, and no small amount of courage. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E47: Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing »


Howarth Bouis

E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis’ Contributions to Biofortification

July 2019

So imagine that you face a daunting challenge: addressing malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies that affect people all around the world. These are people who live in different countries; they have different diets; and different nutrient challenges. How would you devise a way to affect the health and wellbeing of billions of people, and do so in a way that can be permanent and sustainable? Today's guest has done just that. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis’ Contributions to Biofortification »


Diego Rose

E38: Diego Rose on Environmental Sustainability and our Food

June 2019

When you make decisions about what to eat, what factors in? Most people think about taste, what food costs, what is available and in some cases the health consequences. But what about the environmental impact of food choices? Our guest Dr Diego Rose has done fascinating work on just this topic. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E38: Diego Rose on Environmental Sustainability and our Food »


Nancy Ranney

E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico

April 2019

If you're like me, you've read or heard of reports and news accounts talking about the negative consequences of producing beef, with greenhouse gas emissions, heavy water use and the welfare of the animals leading the list of concerns. But just when it seems like producing and consuming less beef might be a health and environmental bonanza, along comes an alternative way of doing things. One that uses a fundamentally different approach to things. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico »


Linda Bartoshuk on Supertasters

E29: Linda Bartoshuk on Supertasters, Yuck, and the Future of Food Nutrition

March 2019

Ever heard the term supertasters? Have you wondered why some people love broccoli and others find it very unpleasant. Is family upbringing the answer to this? Or, is there a biological basis for this and for other taste preferences? The leading voice on these issues is Dr. Linda Bartoshuk. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E29: Linda Bartoshuk on Supertasters, Yuck, and the Future of Food Nutrition »


Nurya Love Parish

E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands

February 2019

Did you know that most church land holdings are not located in high-priced cities? Instead, they're in countless rural locations from Maine to California, with land deeded over in wills by former parishioners or purchased over the years by church leaders. Today's guest on The Leading Voices in Food series is Nurya Love Parish, who is animated by the idea that from a religious perspective, land is part of creation and needs to be managed with wisdom. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands »


Christopher Carter

E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically

February 2019

How should society balance people's needs and wants for meat and eggs against the needs and wants of farmers and farm animals? What do theologians and ethicists have to say about factory farming, animals and marginalized communities. It's a complicated subject that triggers strong feelings about moral economics, racial equity, nutrition, and environmental sustainability will explore these issues today on The Leading Voices in Food podcast with our guest, Methodist pastor Christopher Carter, who's also an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically »


Shenggen Fan

E6: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation

February 2019

What happens when a child is malnourished? Can such a child ever “catch up” later in life? Why does urbanization and obesity seem to go hand in hand—and what does this mean for food production? We’ll explore big picture food system questions today on the Leading Voices in Food with our guest Dr. Shenggen Fan. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E6: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation »


Mark Bittman

E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology

February 2019

Many people in the modern world have become distant from their food. They may not know where it's grown, who grows it, who produces it, or who harvests it, what impact its production has on the environment, how it is processed, how to prepare it, and more. A champion of shrinking this distance and of understanding how all these pieces fit together is an activist, and an advocate, and a journalist. A person whose career has been devoted to making it easier for people to eat healthy food, and good food, Mark Bittman. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology »


Bill Dietz

E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change

February 2019

It would seem at first glance that undernutrition and obesity are opposite sides of the same coin and not very related to one another and that neither of these issues would be related at all to climate change. Well, this turns out to not be true at all according to an authoritative new report for our listeners. The title of the report is The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change, The Lancet Commission Report. One of the architects of that report is Dr. William Dietz. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change »


Kim LeQuire of Kornegay Farms

E11: Kornegay Farms’ Kim LeQuire on the Blessings of a Life in Agriculture

February 2019

Has the buy local food movement helped farmers and open up new markets? Is organic farming really better than conventional farming? And what does it take to run a successful farming operation? We'll discuss these topics and more with today's guest Kim LeQuire. Kim runs Kornegay Family Farms along with her father Danny, mother Susie and brother Dan. Kornegay Family Farms is a 5,000 acre, fourth generation farm in Johnston County, North Carolina. The Kornegay's grow sweet potatoes, tobacco, soybeans, cotton, wheat, and peanuts. The also run four swine finishing floors. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E11: Kornegay Farms’ Kim LeQuire on the Blessings of a Life in Agriculture »


Hisham Moharram

E15: Hisham Moharram Talks Agripreneurship and The Good Tree

January 2019

Hisham Moharram describes himself as an agripreneur and an environmental and social justice activist. His life's goal is to establish a local food economy and to show people that we can produce food with environmental stewardship and faith-based agribusiness at the core. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E15: Hisham Moharram Talks Agripreneurship and The Good Tree »


Aaron Gross on Alternatives to Factory Farming

E26: Aaron Gross on Factory Farming and New Ways to Support Farmers

January 2019

What does it mean to be a conscientious consumer of food? Does it make a difference to the economy, the environment, or is it simply a personal decision? What do people of faith have to say about it? We'll explore these issues today on the Leading Voices in Food Podcast with our guest, Dr Aaron Gross, an Associate Professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E26: Aaron Gross on Factory Farming and New Ways to Support Farmers »


Adae Romero Briones on First Nations Food Systems

E9: A'dae Romero-Briones on First Nations Food Systems

January 2019

What can food teach us about our community lifeways, past and present? Community food life ways or one way that first nations tribes can regain food sovereignty in the face of federal policies that have diminished native lands, imposed a non-native diet, and made it difficult to retain native languages. This is a core part of the work of today's guest on the Leading Voices in Food A'Dae Romero-Briones. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E9: A'dae Romero-Briones on First Nations Food Systems »


Farming Image

Future of Food Policy: Take Back the Land

September 2016

52% of the cropland in the U.S. is used to grow just two crops: soy and corn. Less than 2% is used to grow fruits and vegetables - we import most fruits and vegetables from other countries. In addition, very little of the corn and soy is edible directly, its used in junk food production. "We can't keep on doing the thing we're doing right now with agriculture," says Dr. Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He says the system degrades the land. "We're eroding the soil away, there is net loss of soil in the Midwest, and this is some of the best, most fertile soil in the world. It's like Saudi Arabia frittering away their oil." Water is also a concern. In the Midwest, "it's not an exaggeration to say it's a cesspool," says Salvador. He talks about potential solutions with Kelly Brownell. This conversation is part of a series called The Future of Food Policy. The conversations were conducted at Duke University as a part of the development of a new initiative, the World Food Policy Center. Find out more: sanford.duke.edu/articles/world%E…haul-experts-say Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about Future of Food Policy: Take Back the Land »