Down to Earth: The Planet to Plate Podcast

39 EpisodesProduced by Quivira Coalition

Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, we focus not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. We invite you to meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others on a mission … read more

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Rounding up the evidence on Roundup

April 9th, 2019


We talk with investigative journalist and author Carey Gillam about her book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.

The little rodent that could...

March 19th, 2019


Ben Goldfarb is a "beaver believer." He’s author of the new book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. We talk about …

Regeneration in the rockies

March 6th, 2019


Glenn Elzinga is a rancher on mostly public lands in the Idaho Rocky Mountains. He's also a forester, and his wife is a botanist...and together they have developed a practice of cattle grazing called "inherding" that is …

Reawakening our instincts for healthy eating

February 19th, 2019


Animals—and people—have instincts that will guide them to eat a very healthy diet if given half a chance. But we also have cultural practices, …

On Pasture Magazine

February 5th, 2019


The science of farm and rangeland is often incomprehensible to the people on the land. We talk to On Pasture magazine founder Kathy Voth, whose mission is to make science accessible to people who need it--and to help …

Why is so much topsoil disappearing...

January 22nd, 2019


Today's program is from the Radio Cafe archives. David Johnson is a senior research scientist and molecular biologist at the Institute for Energy and …

Coyotes, hawks, and minks -- in Chicago

December 26th, 2018


Gavin Van Horn is author of the new book, The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys of the Urban Wild. As we read the book we walk with him along streets, rivers, and lakes, and learn a slower and softer way of seeing – even …

Think like a chicken

December 11th, 2018


Reginaldo Haslett Marroquín of the Main Street Project in Northfield, Minnesota, talks about a new model for  a healthy and regenerative poultry …

Bringing back the Texas Prairie

November 28th, 2018


This is the second in our series of interviews from the Regenerate 2018 conference in Albuquerque. We talk Jonathan and Kaylyn Cobb, co-owners Green Fields Farm in Rogers, Texas, who tell us the story of almost selling …

Bringing regenerative meat to the marketplace

November 13th, 2018


What does it take for a retail brand to make a commitment to sourcing meat from ranchers who are regenerating the land? We talk to Gina Asoudegan, vice president of mission and innovation at Applegate Natural and …

Money where your mouth is

October 23rd, 2018


Sallie Calhoun is president of the Globetrotter Foundation, owner of the Paicines Ranch, and founder of the #NoRegrets Initiative. She came to ranching from electrical engineering and high-tech entrepreneurship, and has …

Converting from industrial to regenerative agriculture

October 9th, 2018


Since the end of the civil war, White Oak Pastures has been in the Harris family, but their farming practices have ranged from 19th century …

Working at the "Radical Center”

September 25th, 2018


How do adversaries find common ground? How do they work together to find common goals an interests? Food from the Radical Center: Healing our Land …

Food, faith, and farming

September 11th, 2018


Dr. Hisham Moharram founded The Good Tree Farm and Good Tree Farm, Inc. as an expression of his Muslim faith. He explains how to keep a farm profitable, regenerate the land, feed communities that don’t have good access …

Pasturemap: High tech on the range

August 28th, 2018


Christine Su is CEO and co-founder of Pasturemap, a tool that helps ranchers increase productivity on their rangelands. We talk about the synergies …

Practicing regenerative agriculture

August 14th, 2018


Nicole Masters is an agroecologist who teaches, writes about, and consults on regenerative agriculture and soil regeneration. With projects in both …

Bill McDorman: Planting the seeds of a diverse, local agriculture

July 10th, 2018


Bill McDorman, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in Ketchum, Idaho, and co-founder of the Seed School, has been saving seeds for …

Eating Wild Foods in the Industrial Age

June 12th, 2018


Jo Robinson is an investigative journalist whose book Eating on the Wild Side is all about the deep history of the human diet -- and how we can find …

Saving the Gunnison Sage Grouse

May 31st, 2018


In Gunnison, Colorado, there is an innovative collaboration to conserve the Gunnison Sage Grouse, a threatened--but not endangered--species native to …

Andrew deCoriolis on the poultry we eat

May 15th, 2018


Andrew deCoriolis is with Farm Forward, an organization dedicated to animal welfare for farm animals. We discuss the poultry industry, and the …

Faithlands: Agriculture meets religion

May 1st, 2018


Faithlands is an initiative of the Agrarian Trust  that brings together religious traditions and regenerative agriculture. Today we talk to Severine …

Caroline Fraser on Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

April 24th, 2018


Caroline Fraser just won the Pulitzer Prize for biography for her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. For those who …

Tony Juniper

April 3rd, 2018


Author and sustainability ecologist Tony Juniper talks about his book, What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees. He …

Doug and Anna Jones Crabtree

March 20th, 2018


Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones Crabtree are the owners of Vilicus Farms in Havre, Montana. The 6800-acre organic farm is as far from industrial …

Nathan Sayre and the science of the range

February 28th, 2018


Professor of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, Nathan Sayre is author of the book, The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland …

Judith Schwartz

February 13th, 2018


Judith Schwartz is author of the book Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth. We talk about ecosystems, and biodiversity, and soil, and climate change mitigation, and …

Chris Jagger

January 31st, 2018


Chris Jagger is a vegetable farmer in Oregon, and he's founder of the Living Soils Symposium, an annual gathering of farmers and people interested in …

Lesli Allison

January 17th, 2018


Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance, talks about the complex relationships among conservationists, ranchers, farmers, land managers--and wildlife, water, and earth. Challenges that have …

Brad Lancaster on the cookbook, Eat Mesquite

December 12th, 2017


Brad Lancaster is co-founder of Desert Harvesters, in Tucson, Arizona. He's author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. His new book, produced with Desert Harvesters, is Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for …

Gabe and Paul Brown

November 28th, 2017


Gabe Brown and his family endured hail, drought, and near ruin before they changed their way of farming and ranching. Theirs is a story of creative …

Sandra Postel

November 2nd, 2017


Sandra Postel‘s new book is Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. It’s about the world water cycle, and about real solutions to the …

Mike Callicrate

October 17th, 2017


Mike Callicrate left industrial feedlot agriculture to raise meat animals in a way that is healthier for everyone, including the animals and the …

Adam Danforth

October 3rd, 2017


Adam Danforth left behind a career in advertising and marketing in order to do something more grounded and meaningful with his life. He became a …

Calla Rose Ostrander

September 19th, 2017


Calla Rose Ostrander is an expert on climate change policy and regenerative agriculture — and the place where those worlds meet. She offers a hopeful …

Allen Williams

September 5th, 2017


Allen Williams speaks of his travels across multiple continents practicing and teaching ecosystem-based ranching, and shares his vision of a world …

Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser

August 18th, 2017


Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser went into farming because it seemed like an earth-friendly way to make a living–and they brought a lot of knowledge and …

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