Daily Archives: April 30, 2017

Regenerative Agriculture and Ecosystem Restoration Solutions to Address Climate Change [04/30/2017]

Guests:

  • Cleo Braver, Owner & Operator, Cottingham Farm, Talbot County, Eastern Shore, Maryland, (By Cell Phone)
  •  Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist & Research Director, Rodale Institute, (By Cell Phone)
  • Alexis Baden-Meyer, Political Director, Organic Consumers Association  and its Regeneration International Project, (By Cell Phone)
  • “Special Guest” Sudheer Shukla, Outreach Specialist, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate/D.C. Chapter (Cell Phone Back-Up)

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Cleo Braver, Owner & Operator, Cottingham Farm, Talbot County, Eastern Shore, Maryland, (By Cell Phone)

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Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist & Research Director, Rodale Institute, (By Cell Phone)

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Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist & Research Director, Rodale Institute, (By Cell Phone)

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Alexis Baden-Meyer, Political Director, Organic Consumers Association and its Regeneration International Project, (By Cell Phone)


Program Summary:

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Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Cleo Braver, Owner & Operator, Cottingham Farm, Talbot County, Eastern Shore, Maryland, (By Cell Phone)
  • Show ‘2’: Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist & Research Director, Rodale Institute, (By Cell Phone)
  • Show ‘3’: Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist & Research Director, Rodale Institute, (By Cell Phone)
  • Show ‘4’: Alexis Baden-Meyer, Political Director, Organic Consumers Association and its Regeneration International Project, (By Cell Phone)

Program overview

Cleo Braver lives on Cottingham Farm with her husband Allie Tyler, where she and her small team produce certified organic vegetables and pastured pork and eggs in a sea of conventional grain on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She sells to grocers, restaurants, and any member of the public who wishes to drive out to the farm on Thursdays-Saturdays.  She enjoyed a previous career as an environmental lawyer for a public company, and she has always advocated for ways in which the law can serve the public interest, particularly with respect to the environment.    

Most recently, she has been engaged in efforts to create a non-profit Eastern Shore Food Hub to aggregate, market and distribute locally and sustainable produced foods, and to engage communities in growing and eating healthy foods and in recognizing the direct relationship between their personal food choices, personal and public health, the environment, and the economy.  In her view, the most essential infrastructure a community can have is a non-profit community owned food infrastructure which increases the food dollars going to sustainable food producers while seeking to make healthy and sustainable produced foods accessible and affordable. 

The Rodale Institute is a world-renowned 333-acre organic farm and agriculture research center in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.  Rodale has been researching for more than sixty years the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing its findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about the benefits of going organic for their own health and the health of the planet.

Fundamental to Rodale’s mission is the understanding that healthy soil is the foundation for growing healthy food. Rodale’s research department is committed to building healthy soil through organic practices and establishing research projects that 1) give farmers the tools and knowledge to increase soil health, crop quality and yields while simplifying farm management overall and 2) ensure citizens feel confident the food they feed their families is good for them and for the world around them.

Rodale’the basis for all of its research, education and outreach. They’ve created a variety of demonstration projects that can be replicated on farms and in communities throughout the world. One well-known and key part of Rodale’s work is its ongoing 30-year side-by-side trials comparing organic to conventional agriculture.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)(3) public interest organization working for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade issues, environmental sustainability, and other key topics.

The OCA represents over two [2] million online and on the ground network members, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace. Through its global network, OCA is connected to three and one-half [3.6] million consumers, farmers, activists, scientists, and policymakers in over one hundred [100] countries.

Regeneration International, a project of the Organic Consumers Association, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building a global network of farmers, scientists, businesses, activists, educators, journalists, governments, and consumers who will promote and put into practice regenerative agriculture and land-use practices that: provide abundant, nutritious food; revive local economies; rebuild soil fertility and biodiversity; and restore climate stability by returning carbon to the soil, through the natural process of photosynthesis.

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate has as its core mission to promote the power of the natural world to stabilize the climate and to restore biodiversity to ecosystems worldwide. It is achieving this mission through education, policy, and outreach.  Collaborating with organizations around the globe, 

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate advocates for the restoration of soil, and of grassland, forest, wetland, coastal and ocean ecosystems along with the associated carbon, water, and nutrient cycles.  Such natural cycles can draw down excess atmospheric greenhouse gases, cool the biosphere, and reverse global warming, for the benefit 


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