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What Doesn't Kill You

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What Doesn't Kill You; a program that explores the policies, professionals, and performance of the food industry in the 21st century.

What Doesn't Kill You; a program that explores the policies, professionals, and performance of the food industry in the 21st century.
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What Doesn't Kill You; a program that explores the policies, professionals, and performance of the food industry in the 21st century.






BOX 198 402 Graham Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 497-2128


Episode 262: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Offers Its Take on What We Need in the Farm Bill

Ferd Hoefner launched NSAC over 30 years ago, and has seen a few Farm Bills. In this discussion we talk about the most important funding demands to foster a robust agricultural sector and revitalizing rural communities.


Episode 261: Formerly Known as Food: How the Industrual Food System is Changing our Minds, Bodies, and Culture

Kristin Lawless has written a highly provocative book that assigns the blame for many of society's ills on a food industry run amok. Whether its how we feed our young, the impact of chemicals on our bodies, the incidence of chronic disease, and the economic, gender, and racial disparities, a surprising number of connections can be made between big food and social injustice. Its a fascinating and scary read, as well as a thoughtful analysis of what will be required to take back food, and...


Episode 260: Chicken Business, Water Pollution, Farm Bill, and more with the Uber Knowledgeable Raj Patel

In a wide ranging discussion with one of America's foremost thinkers, activists, and academics on food systems, we discuss Patel's forthcoming book on the chicken industry, the food system, and politics.


Epsidoe 259: Why a Town in Kansas Prefers to Drink Bottled Water Rather Than Change Farming Practices

In order to support their local farming community, an entire town drinks bottled water. Their groundwater is polluted by agricultural runoff, but the townspeople don't want to penalize their farmers by forcing a costly fix, so they suck it up...from a bottle.


Episode 258: Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink!

Iowa, like many states has major water quality issues thanks to Big Ag. Francis Thicke is an organic dairy farmer, soil scientist and leader in the organic food movement. He is also an expert in water quality issues and how the Iowa corn belt is wreaking havoc on the states water supply. Is there a solution?


Episode 257: A Groundbreaking Suit Against a Division of Smithfield Brings Justice to a North Carolina Community

Many a suit has been brought against the big guns in Animal Agriculture to force them to clean up their stinking poisonous manure pits. Until now, not one has prevailed. Liz Crampton, a reporter for Morning Ag at Politico, had a ringside seat at the trial.


Episode 256: Not Everyone Sees the Trade War with China as a Threat to Farmers

Michael Stumo, CEO of Coalition for a Prosperous America explains why he sees President Trumps efforts to realign trade agreements and impose tariffs as a much needed correction to long abuses of American industry and agriculture. While unable to exactly reassure that the imposition of massive tariffs on our trading partners, especially the Chinese, along with rewriting NAFTA , won't have an negative impact on the agricultural sector, he voices opinions that many of Trumps supporters in...


Episode 255: Anti-Trust Litigation in an Era of Monopoly

Diana Moss is the President of the American Antitrust Institute, an organization that investigates issues of market concentration and monopoly and litigates on behalf the of the American consumer to break up monopolies and further fair competition. Moss is an expert in agricultural monopoly and in this episode, we discuss the impacts of agri-chemical and seed companies on farmers and on consumers.


Episode 254: Mike Weaver and the Organization for Competitive Markets

Mike Weaver is the president of the Organization for Competitive Markets, a group that supports small and medium size farms and meat producers in the face of the consolidation of American agriculture. In this episode he describes the difficulty of competing with mega agribusiness; key changes for the upcoming negotiations to the farm bill, and the failure of legislators to support small and medium scale farming.


Episode 253: Katy Keiffer Ruminates on Agricultural Issues, Including Monopolies, Price Fixing, and Consolidation and its Impacts

Understanding what really needs to be fixed to revive american agriculture seems to be more about policy than what we grow and how we grow it. Anti trust legislation, agricultural reform, and a better farm bill would go a long way toward addressing the many issues that face american agriculture. I am trying to make sense of all the things I have learned in the past decade.


Episode 252: The Alternative to Dairy Farmers of America

Board member and lobbyist for the National Dairy Producers Organization, Gary Genske threads the needle on why the industry is falling apart and how Dairy Farmers of America and the USDA are presiding over a colossal industry failure that puts small and medium size dairy farmers at risk for economic losses and more, including a record number of suicides.


Episode 251: Organic Dairy Farming

Gary Hirshberg is a pioneer in developing a national market for an organic commodity, milk. His company began producing yogurt in 1985, after being a farming school for a few years. What is the future of organic dairy, and how did they achieve the immense success that has made the company a national bestseller. What can current dairy farmers learn from Stonyfield.


Episode 250: Just What Are the Economics of the Dairy Industry and Why Have They Gone So Wrong?

Professor Andy Novakovic takes listeners through the economics of the dairy industry and why milk prices have fallen below the price of production. What can small to medium size dairy farms do to survive under these circumstances?


Episode 249: Why Did Milk Become a Superfood: A Discussion with Dr. Walter Willett

How did milk become the dietary and nutritional staple it is? Dr. Willett explains the history of the marketing campaign that has encouraged Americans to consume massive quantities of milk, and then debunks some of the nutritional claims made by the industry to justify that consumption. Is it really a super food? Willett's research has shown otherwise, but we continue to promote milk around the world. What will the dietary consequences be for developing nations? The ins and outs of dairy...


Episode 248: Rhody Fresh Dairy Co-Op Forges a New Path for Small Farmers

Alex LaPrise explains how a small group of Rhode Island dairy farmers banded together to call their own shots. the challenges and the pitfalls of competing with the dairy industry as a small producer.


Episode 247: Why the Dairy Industry is Crushing Dairy Farmers or Killing the Goose

Professor Peter Carstensen has made anti trust law his specialty, particularly as it pertains to the American Dairy Industry. He explains how a co-op model initiated decades ago to help dairy farmers bargain collectively has become the major impediment to their financial success. Consolidation and monopolization in dairy are very similar to the meat industry. The impacts of that consolidation are examined closely in this episode.


Episode 246: Lorraine Lewandrowski

In the first episode of 2018, What Doesn’t Kill You launches a multipart series diving into the dairy industry. Today’s guest is a dairy farmer and environmental attorney in Herkimer County N.Y., Lorraine Lewandrowski. The lively discussion goes from a day in the life of a dairy farmer to rural development, and from milk prices to consumer education.


Episode 245: The Center of the Plate with Alison Rabschnuk

Is plant-based meat really the meal of the future? Alison Rabschnuk, Director of Corporate Engagement for the Good Food Institute explains how this organization is supporting companies making huge strides in the field of research and development for meat substitutes for the future. It isn't just companies such as Impossible Burger who are developing this alternative, but even the big players such as Tyson are investing. What those products are and how they are formulated to go beyond just...


Episode 244: Uprooting FDR's Great Wall of Trees

In the 1930's President Roosevelt responded to the tragedy of the dustbowl by planting millions of trees in what he called "shelterbelts". The trees were meant to hold water, as well as protect the plains from the effects of over planting and loss of topsoil. Over the last few decades, many of those all important shelterbelts have been destroyed as agriculture has planted fencerow to fencerow. Could we see a second Dust Bowl scenario as climate change advances? Carson Vaughn explains what...


Episode 243: Cultivating the Next Generation: An Evaluation of the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program

As the farming population wanes, its essential to train up new ones, or we will be buying everything we eat from other countries. Juli Obudzinski is co-author on a new report about the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Juli describes how this program works, and who is benefitting. Training up new farmers is essential to our food security in the future and this program leads the way.