What It Takes to Grow Healthy Food - Views from the Farm
April 7, 2011 11 a.m. CDT / 12 noon EDT
Increasing access to healthy food is one key mechanism for stemming the tide of obesity and diabetes sweeping America’s young and old. But, what does it take to grow healthy food? Fruit and vegetable growers in all parts of the United States face disproportionate challenges to those faced by growers of commodity crops—including greater financial risk. Hear from three individuals with a farming perspective on the challenges of growing healthy food and insight into the impacts of the Farm Bill and other federal policies.
Our panelists are Ben Burkett, a 4th generation vegetable farmer from Petal, Mississippi and the Director of the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives; Jack Hedin, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Featherstone Farms in Rushford, MN; and Scott Marlow, director of Farm Sustainability for the Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA.