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"Let Them Eat Grass" follows one farmer, Austin Williams, as he tries to make sense of the often complicated world of food and farming. Only 8 months before he began farming, he too knew absolutely nothing when it came it came to knowing who to trust with the food he put in his body. He wants to educate listeners on the importance of real food, the deceptive tactics of conventional food producers, the necessity of ending conventional agriculture as we know it, the beautiful symbiosis possible between public and private lands, and realistic guidelines to find local farmers they can trust. That sounds like something you could believe in, doesn't it?

"Let Them Eat Grass" follows one farmer, Austin Williams, as he tries to make sense of the often complicated world of food and farming. Only 8 months before he began farming, he too knew absolutely nothing when it came it came to knowing who to trust with the food he put in his body. He wants to educate listeners on the importance of real food, the deceptive tactics of conventional food producers, the necessity of ending conventional agriculture as we know it, the beautiful symbiosis possible between public and private lands, and realistic guidelines to find local farmers they can trust. That sounds like something you could believe in, doesn't it?
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United States

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"Let Them Eat Grass" follows one farmer, Austin Williams, as he tries to make sense of the often complicated world of food and farming. Only 8 months before he began farming, he too knew absolutely nothing when it came it came to knowing who to trust with the food he put in his body. He wants to educate listeners on the importance of real food, the deceptive tactics of conventional food producers, the necessity of ending conventional agriculture as we know it, the beautiful symbiosis possible between public and private lands, and realistic guidelines to find local farmers they can trust. That sounds like something you could believe in, doesn't it?

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English

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Episodes

Episode 7: The State of Our Farms Address (with Lucinda Cramsley)

5/22/2019
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The average conventional farm sells their product on the commodity market. Corn, Beef, Soybean, etc. Some random trader in Chicago or New York sets the prices for the whole nation and farmers across the US feel the squeeze. They have to bet on intangibles like inflation and future events like the weather months in advance, which is really impossible to do. The loans they took out in the spring need to be repaid with the fall's harvest. Sometimes what they plant or slaughter isn't even worth...

Duration:00:34:56

Episode 6: The Carnivore Bar (with Philip and Merry Meece)

5/15/2019
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I've eaten a lot of meal replacement bars in my life. Most of the ingredients on the back label are unpronouncable. Since becoming a regenerative farmer, I'd like to believe there is a better way. And, I believe that better way is through something called "The Carnivore Bar". Regardless of whether you've decided to live on a meat and water diet, the Carnivore Bar contains only two ingredients: beef and salt. And I think those are two things most discerning foodies can get behind. Philip and...

Duration:00:26:19

Episode 5: Tame, Bountiful, and Blessed

5/10/2019
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If you want to make small changes, change how you do things. If you want to make big changes, change how you see things. And today, friends, we are focused on big changes. Our understanding of "wilderness" in America prevents us from having healthy relationships with the land. It pits farmers and conservationists against each other unnecessarily. It complicates categorizing my farm. In today's episode, I tap into my roots as a past English teacher. We look at a little etymology, and...

Duration:00:19:20

Episode 4: Transparency and Gov't Ineptitude

4/25/2019
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Transparency is a great buzz word these days. We've been calling for food transparency ever since Upton Sinclair published his novel "The Jungle" in 1906. Recently though, big agribusiness firms have been trying to stifle the ability of whistleblowers to gather evidence that could be used against the company to promote change inside the company. These have been called "Ag Gag" laws. Most big brands don't want the public to have any knowledge of what happens inside. Walmart's brand of eggs...

Duration:00:16:39

Episode 3: The Danger of Labels (with Carrie Balkcom)

4/12/2019
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We see labels everywhere, to the point of immunity. Not that we're immune to their effects, but definitely to their presence. We see a label, like "USDA ORGANIC" or "CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF", and we assume it means they are healthy for us. We feel like we've connected the mental dots. But we haven't. Labels haven't been around forever. Only since meat could be shipped nationwide year-round, which was 1867, did consumers begin to lose touch with their food supply. Leapfrogging to today, and we...

Duration:00:35:17

Episode 2: Pasture-Raised Eggs

3/23/2019
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The majority of the hens in the United States lead monotonous and disgusting lives. From getting their beaks chopped off to prevent nervously pecking their friends, to living in a cage the size of an iPad for their entire lives, millions upon millions of eggs get produced in closely guarded facilities with are often cesspools of death and disease. The eggs are often washed in multiple chlorine baths, which end up leaching through the outer membrane into the egg itself. Yet, as Austin...

Duration:00:21:26

Episode 1: Pilot

3/19/2019
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We have food amnesia. So often we can just buy food without ever thinking where it came from. This has terrible consequences for our bodies and the natural world. I am making this podcast not for other producers of food, but consumers of it. The main problem I had as a consumer of food was a knowledge-problem. I didn't know enough to feel like I could make a difference in my diet. This podcast seeks to arm consumers with the knowledge that makes them dangerous as critical consumers. We will...

Duration:00:02:58