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Heartland Stories Radio is a weekly 29-minute radio show hosted by good food pioneer Theresa Marquez and sponsored by the Heartland Health Research Alliance (https://hh-ra.org/). Each show, meet a new voice from the diverse activists and professionals on the road to change food, farming and public health. Solid information about what we all can do to assure a healthy and a just food system for the 21st century needs to come from a diverse set of voices. “As a dedicated organic marketing prof ...
 
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Christopher Bradshaw is the Founder and Executive Director of Dreaming Out Loud Inc., a food justice social enterprise that seeks to create economic opportunities for the D.C. metro region’s marginalized communities through building a healthy, equitable food system. Bradshaw was named an Ashoka-American Express Emerging Innovator in 2015, one of Fo…
 
Aimée Code is the Pesticide Program Director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. For more than 20 years she has worked to promote ecologically-sound pest management. In 2013, she launched Xerces Pesticide Program. In this role, she works with community activists, farmers, scientists and decision makers to eliminate harmful pesticid…
 
Dave Goulson is a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex (England), who specializes in bee ecology. Professor Goulson has published more than 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects, plus seven books, including the Sunday Times bestsellers “A Sting in the Tale” (2013), “The Garden Jungle” (2…
 
Dr. Joan Dye Gussow is a Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, nutritionist, writer, and gardener. She was one of the first experts to advocate, as early as the 1970’s, that we “eat locally, think globally.” As a nonagenarian, she is still teaching, gardening and cooking her own food. Tune in to lea…
 
Dr. Kara Young is an expert in food systems and racial inequality. Dr. Young worked as an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University and currently sits on the steering committee of the Ohio Food Policy Network and the advisory circle of Kindred: "A Creative Accelerator for Artists of Color". Dr. Young has a decade of experience writing, organ…
 
Jose Oliva is the Campaigns Director at HEAL Food Alliance and Director of the Chicago Area Food System Fund. Jose was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, a national coalition of food-worker organizations that collectively represents over 350,000 workers. He is a 2017 James Beard Award recipient and a 2018 American Fo…
 
Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, public speaker and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, "Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works", a memoir based on Atina’s life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campa…
 
Beth Hoffman is a beginning farmer working almost 530 acres in Iowa. For the last twenty years, she has worked as a journalist covering food and agriculture. Her work has been aired and published on NPR's Morning Edition, The Guardian, The Salt, Latino USA, and the News Hour. Her new book "Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in Amer…
 
Carey Gillam is an American investigative journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience covering food and agricultural policies and practices, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service. She has specialty knowledge regarding the rise of biotech crop technology and the associated rise in pervasi…
 
Loren Cardeli, Executive Director and co-founder of A Growing Culture, an organization that promotes ecological agriculture across the globe. Loren is a leader in a small but growing movement of farmer-centric organizations and has traveled around the world to help set up and run organic farms. Tune in to learn more about: - His personal experience…
 
Sophie Ackoff is the Co-Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition and has mobilized young farmers and their supporters for policy change since 2012. In 2019, she was named one of 25 Leaders in Food and Agriculture to Watch by the Food Tank. Tune in to learn more about: - Sophie's story about organizing farmers; - About the National…
 
Before becoming Mayor of her hometown of Viroqua, Wisconsin in 2018, Karen Mischel spent 17 years in the Merchant Marine followed by her current occupation as an organic farm inspector. Tune in to learn more about: - Her story of growing up on a dairy farm in a small town in Wisconsin, her 17 years of traveling the world with the Merchant Marine, a…
 
Tony Bedard is the Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Co-op, whose mission to nourish people and planet is rooted in corporate social responsibility. Tony has also led more than 25 humanitarian missions to El Salvador and Haiti to support projects in the areas of education, clean water, and healthcare. Tune in to learn more about: - The story of F…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are bringing you back this amazing episode about Cynthia Barstow and her organization Protect Our Breasts. For Cynthia Barstow, Senior Lecturer of Marketing at Amherst Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts and Founder and Executive Director of Protect Our Breasts, the fight against breast…
 
Ashley Koff is a registered dietician, an award-winning nutrition expert, and educator for doctors, nutritionists and fitness professionals. Her mission is to help people get better health powered by better total nutrition. She is the founder of the non-profit Ashley Koff Approved (AKA) and of The Better Nutrition Program. Tune in to learn more abo…
 
Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of twenty books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million-copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. She is the co-founder of three organizations, including the Oakland-based think tank Food First, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughte…
 
Melody Meyer is an organic pioneer, with over 40 years of extensive knowledge in international trade, the marketing of organic food and organic industry policy. She is on the Board of Trustees for The Organic Trade Center and leads Source Organic, a company dedicated to Education, Advocacy, and Thought Leadership (EAT) for the organic industry and …
 
Ken Cook is the president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group. He is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy, and the nation’s broken approach to protecting families and children from toxic substances. Tune in to learn more ab…
 
Dr. Fred Provenza is a Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University, where he worked for 35 years directing an award-winning research group that pioneered an understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soil, plants, herbivores, and humans. He is also …
 
Ken Lee together with his wife Caryl Levine founded Lotus Foods in 1995, a company that focuses on importing handcrafted rice from small family farms. Ken and his team are committed to organic and regenerative practices that is generating more rice from less land, preserving valuable genetic biodiversity, saving hundreds of millions of gallons of w…
 
Brianna Fiene is a Farm to Institution Outreach Specialist at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on developing partnerships with institutions, researchers, business and industry stakeholders to create resilient value-chains critical for sustainable food-systems and regional farm t…
 
Marlaina Freisthler is a Washington, D.C. based researcher and PhD student fellow with the Heartland Health Research Alliance. A mother with Midwestern roots, Marlaina grew up on a farm in Ohio and is passionate about environmentally mediated health challenges to which pregnant women and children are uniquely vulnerable. Tune in to learn more about…
 
Dr. Rupa Marya is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UC-San Francisco, an activist, author and musician. She was recently awarded the Chancellor's Award for Public Service. Dr. Marya also co-founded the Do No Harm Coalition, an organization of healthcare workers committed to overturning structural obstacles to health. She is also the co-author w…
 
Raj Patel is an award-winning author, film-maker and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. Raj’s latest book, co-authored wit…
 
Dr. Kendra Klein, senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth (FOE) is a writer, researcher, and advocate with expertise in environmental sustainability, food, agriculture, and public health. Tune in to learn more about: The women who inspired her to pursue her career About FOE and their projects in Food and Agriculture How neonicotinoids and gl…
 
Karen Washington is a leader and a community activist in New York City’s urban-farming and food-justice movements. She has won a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2014, has been invited to the Obama White House for her involvement with New York’s Botanical Garden, and has been called “urban farming’s de facto godmother.” Karen is also the …
 
Mary Cleaver is one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing. Together with her husband, Mary operates Green Table Farms, a 200-acre organic family farm in Washington County, NY. She was the founder and owner of the catering company The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table restaurant in New York City. Tune in to learn…
 
Robyn O'Brien is one of the most recognized voices in the food industry. Her TEDx talk, based on her book The Unhealthy Truth and watched by millions, exposes the shortcomings of our food system and has influenced policy, legislation, and product formulation in the food industry. Named “food’s Erin Brockovich” by the New York Times, Robyn is also t…
 
Dr. Kara Young is an expert in food systems and racial inequality. Dr. Young worked as an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University and currently sits on the steering committee of the Ohio Food Policy Network and the advisory circle of Kindred: "A Creative Accelerator for Artists of Color". Dr. Young has a decade of experience writing, organ…
 
Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States, with 50 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building, integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. His local economic analyses have promoted local food networks in 144 regions in 41 states, two …
 
Dr. Shakara Tyler is a returning generation farmer, educator and activist-scholar who engages in Black agrarianism, agroecology, food sovereignty and climate justice. Dr. Tyler serves as Board President at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and is a member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective and of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op. Tune…
 
Fred Kirschenmann is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture. He shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also manages his family's 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dako…
 
Carolyn Raffensperger is the Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) as well as an environmental lawyer, specialized in the fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment. Tune in to learn more about: - Her own story from studying archeology t…
 
Cori Skolaski is the Executive Director of the Midwest Organic Service Association - MOSA, the second-largest organic certifier in the United States and the largest certifier of livestock and dairy. MOSA certifies over 2000 clients in 20 states, including nearly 300 organic processors, distributors, retailers and restaurants. Tune in to learn more …
 
Maria Rodale is the former chairman and executive officer of Rodale Inc., the global health and wellness content company, as well as an author and retired co-chairman of the Rodale Institute. Based in Pennsylvania, Maria is a mother to three daughters born in three different decades, a grandmother, and a secret children’s book author. Tune in to le…
 
Tom Frantzen is an organic farmer, who together with his wife Irene, farms on a three hundred acre certified organic farm in New Hampton, Iowa growing corn, soybeans, hay, small grains and raising hogs and cattle. Tune in to learn more about: - Tom's farming story - Why diversity leads to stability in farming - His 'a-ha' moment in the 1980's when …
 
Audrey Tran Lam is an Environmental Health Program Manager at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), University of Northern Iowa as well as the Environmental Health Program Director at Good Neighbor Iowa. She holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa and is currently studying food systems at Johns Hopki…
 
Dr. Kamyar Enshayan is the Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Dr. Enshayan has taught environmental studies since 1993 and founded the University of Northern Iowa’s Local Food Program in 1997. He received the 2008 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from Practical Farme…
 
To celebrate Earth Day week we’re bringing you a very popular episode that originally aired in February 2021 with Odessa Piper, visionary and real food pioneer. Odessa Piper, founder of L’Etoile, a pioneering farm-to-table restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, is an author and James Beard award winner as Best Chef Midwest in 2002. In 2018, Odessa helpe…
 
For Cynthia Barstow, Senior Lecturer of Marketing at Amherst Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts and Founder and Executive Director of Protect Our Breasts, the fight against breast cancer is personal. In 2010, a routine mammogram led to her own breast cancer diagnosis—something faced by nearly 300,000 women each year. As her treatmen…
 
Dr. Samina Raja is University of Buffalo's (UB) Professor of Urban Planning, Associate Dean for Research and Inclusive Excellence, principal investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (the “Food Lab”), and Co-Director of UB's Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE). Dr. Raja is a leading scholar in her field and active …
 
Tom Philpott is the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones and author of Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It (Bloomsbury 2020). His work has won numerous awards, including a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. Tune in to learn more about: - His book Peri…
 
George Siemon is the co-founder and former CEO of CROPP/ Organic Valley, the largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands. As an organic pioneer and advocate for family farms over the last 30 years, George is passionate about alternative ownership models, such as the cooperative model and the newer purpose t…
 
Dr. Leonardo Trasande, Jim G. Hendrick MD Professor, is the Director of the Division of Environmental Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Trasande is also the author of the 2019 published book “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting …
 
Kelly Ryerson is an environmental health writer, filmmaker, and ardent public health advocate. After alleviating her own chronic illness by eating a gluten-free and organic diet, she realized that toxins and chemicals were at the core of the explosion in chronic disease in the United States. Determined to make the issue of glyphosate’s impact on th…
 
Carey Gillam is an American investigative journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience covering food and agricultural policies and practices, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service. She has specialty knowledge regarding the rise of biotech crop technology and the associated rise in pervasi…
 
Dr. Bruce Lanphear is a public health physician and professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His goal is to quantify and ultimately prevent chronic disease from widespread exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants. Tune in to learn more about: - Little Things Matter, a compilation of short videos tha…
 
Theresa's guest today is Sarah Minnick, chef and co-owner of Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, a pizzeria and ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Sarah has one of the most refreshing, liberating takes on pizza, using only organic home-made tomato sauce as well as fairy-tale toppings like cornflower blossoms and fenugreek greens. Tune in to learn more about: - …
 
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, mother, soil nerd, author and food justice activist. She co-funded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim the ancestral connection to the land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs, including farmer t…
 
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), leader in the field of children's health, and proud mom of four, has served as a key spokesperson for children’s health vulnerabilities and the need for their protection. Tune in to learn more about: - The Children's Environmental Health Network …
 
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