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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.






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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.


Episode 242: Hunger in the Age of Trump

Trump's administration is taking aim at SNAP benefits, WIC benefits, watering down school lunch standards, and implementing draconian immigration policies. A distinguished panel led by Food and Environmental Reporting Network, and CUESA, Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture held a panel discussion to look for community based solutions to these problems. Sam Fromartz moderated the panel and is interviewed about the discussion and any solutions.


Episode 241: The Great Nutrient Collapse

Veteran agricultural reporter Helena Bottemiller Evich delves into an obscure but highly impactful aspect of climate change; the loss of nutrients from plant life. As temperatures rise, the nutritional content of the plants we eat including staples such as rice or wheat are declining in proteins and minerals. This could have devastating consequences for human health in future decades particularly as the planet continues to warm. Scientists are only now beginning to investigate this...


Episode 240: Indonesia: Wealth of Species

Indonesia is home to a wealth of species, and a vast rainforest that is rapidly disappearing through the untrammeled sale of land to internal and external forces intent on becoming the largest producers of palm oil in the world. The land grabbers are mostly Indonesian but they sell their product to companies around the world at the expense of the indigenous population. Phil Jacobson lives and works in Jacarta, and has produced a remarkable series of articles and short films showing what...


Episode 238: A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism; Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat

The roots of our food system can be traced back multiple centuries according to author Eric Holt-Gimenez. In a far ranging discussion, just how intertwined food and capitalism is laid bare. The neo liberal economic model brought forth by Reagan and Thatcher has much to do with the current inequities, but they don't bear all the blame. This is a fascinating episode that proposes a major overhaul to how we view our political, economic, and food systems.


Episode 236: This Blessed Earth, a new book by journalist Ted Genoways, author of The Chain

Ted Genoways spent a year following the day to day life of a farming family in Nebraska. What follows is a close up look at the risks and rewards of medium size farming in an Agri-business world. He shows the extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge required to farm successfully, along with just the gut instinct and appetite for gambling that are an essential part of the equation.


Episode 223: Land Grabbing

Land Grabbing is a strategy being deployed by many countries to boost their food production, grow crops for manufacturing purposes, or just to hold for investment. Anuradha Mittal explains how this predatory behavior plays out for indigenous populations, their ability to grow food, and the environmental impacts of the practice on its unwitting victims.


Episode 220: Aquaculture, is it the future of a major food source?

Join Scott Nichols, founder of Food's Future and an expert in aquaculture as he explains the new technologies that will make aquaculture a more environmentally friendly, cost effective source of protein for the future population.


Episode 212: The Food Movement Divided

In a recent article for Forbes magazine, journalist Nancy Huehengarth parses the divides within the progressive food movement between those that want immediate and complete change and those who work within the channels to effect change from within. Later she discusses the incoming administration and the fight for a food policy.


Episode 208: Kathleen Merrigan and Sustainable Food Systems

What is a sustainable food system? Former undersecretary of the USDA, Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University talks about what's possible, what's happening and what to hope for. At George Washington University, Dr. Merrigan leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative, GW Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy. She serves as a Co-Chair for AGree, Board Director for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and FoodCorps,...


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