There is a small county just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area that has shaped the organic food and agriculture movement throughout the country – if not the world – forever. As the nation's only all-organic county, Marin sets an example for the future of organic farming and the evolution of the industry. How did this happen and what can be learned from this model? Listen to one of the true leaders of the organic movement, Warren Weber, owner of Star Route Farms.
Author, Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit, Pittsburgh, PA
How could a tropical fruit native to North American soil go under the radar for generations? Such is the story of Pawpaw - and many other plant species nearly forgotten by US agriculture. Find out what made these fruits so special to Native Americans and early settlers and what is being done today to revive the existence of indigenous nutritious foods throughout our country.
Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut have all adopted GMO labeling laws. So what does that mean for the rest of the country? And what can we take away from the fact that major food corporations like Campbell's and General Mills have agreed to institute nationwide labeling policies for their products? Get the scoop from one of the most influential people advocating for our right to know, Chairman of the Just Label It campaign.
"If you want to teach people about the nature of being human, you don't take them to a prison; you take them to a park where they can see families and people being free. If you want to teach people about the nature of elephants, you don't take them to a circus." A passionate documentary about man's relationship to elephants is inspiring a movement to release our world's largest land mammal from grueling entertainment and save multiple species in the process. Tune in this week for our interview with HBO's filmmaker and a renowned expert on elephant captivity.
Founder & Director, Insight Garden Program, Berkeley, CA
A small garden plot within the concrete walls of a maximum security prison does more than just engage prisoners; it improves behavior and reduces reincarceration. Hear data and feedback from a national nonprofit whose gardening and permaculture programs promote responsibility, opportunity, and motivation.
Associate Director, Earth Island Institute, Berkeley, CA
As a thank you to all the people who have dedicated their lives and careers to protecting the Earth, find out how one such organization helps initiatives in sustainability, social responsibility, animal welfare, nature conservation, and more with financial and administrative support so innovative ideas can make it into the world and create a healthier planet.
Produce Selector, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA
Movements are most often formed by a handful of people declaring the end of the current status quo and embracing a new way of relating that is both healthier and more just. That’s how the organic food movement had its re-emergence in the early 1970’s.
We are honoring those early beginnings with a series of interviews with the pioneers of this movement. In this episode, we are exploring the role of mentorship with three generations of food advocates from the team at Earl's Organic Produce.
Garden Educator, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, Madison, WI
It's here again: this year's gardening season! Time to think about forming beds, ordering seeds, blocking a weekend to get your hands dirty, and enjoying the benefits of homegrown food - all while saving money.
Just how relevant is a periodical that's been in print for 225 years - from a time in which our society was deeply connected to the land? With a blend of wisdom from nature and wit from mankind, you'll be surprised by the practicality and entertainment value of this annual publication with tide tables to know the movement of water, sunrise, moon cycles, and planting charts for the organic farmer and gardener alike, recipes for those who live in the kitchen, and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.
Director & Producer, Painted Nails, San Francisco, CA
Join us on the journey of two filmmakers who set out to make a movie about culture and unearthed surprising details about the dangerous conditions inside nail salons, unflinching gratitude in the face of unfair circumstances, and the transformative power of a courageous spirit.
Senior Nutrition Consultant Instructor, Bauman College, Berkeley, CA
Holistic nutrition says that overall health relies on the gut and we cannot absorb what we cannot digest. Despite our best efforts to fill our bodies with nutrient-rich fresh foods, we will not reap the benefits if we do not focus on our digestive health. Learn about the root causes of IBS, how to get the most nutrition out of your food and the truth behind the statement, "you are what you eat.”
Up until only a few decades ago, hand-written letters were used as a universal way to connect with others. As we remember this forgotten art, how can we carry it into our future? A pioneering female entrepreneur in India shares the value of written word through stories left by her father, the tradition carried forward to her son in America, and a conference that inspires young change agents to voice innovative ideas that connect the world.
President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project, Washington, D.C.
The Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions across the globe will change the future of climate change, but how? Tune in to learn which countries are participating, how they'll be held accountable to their commitments, and what you can do to help.
How can connecting with man's first animal companion provide us the ability to connect with ourselves and our communities? Tune in this hour to learn about two retreat centers using wisdom from the animal kingdom to recover from today's traumas.
Author, Bowls of Love: Paleo Soups for the Seasons, Stamford, CT
Find yourself wondering what the Paleo Diet is all about? We uncover all of the surprising and delicious details in this hour: from what you can eat to the best substitutions for your favorite guilty pleasure foods.
While society is more focused on food than ever, domestic labor issues remain largely unseen by the public. This hour, the AOC Team discusses a powerful new documentary that sheds light on wages and conditions of the men and women who harvest our fresh food every day.
Homo Sapiens have evolved to believe that we are separate from nature, causing disrupt to billions of years of evolution. Love Thy Nature is an award-winning documentary that shines light on the role that nature plays in our lives - how does it nourish us? Immerse yourself into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship to the natural world.
Director of Program & Policy, Breast Cancer Fund, San Francisco, CA
When it comes to health, the world of cosmetics and body care products is tough to navigate, in great part because there are few manufacturing standards and little transparency in labeling. In this episode, we are joined by a topic expert to learn what to look for in personal care products, what to avoid, and how to get involved in improving regulations for what we put on our -- and our loved one's -- bodies.
Director of Research, The Center of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School
What tools can best help us manage our anxiety and oh-so complex time on earth? This hour looks at how to stay centered with different methods and forms of meditation, as well as its benefits, and how you could start incorporating a little bit of more Self into your life.
This season is a time when we gather with friends and family to appreciate our lives and one another. Make the Earth a part of your celebration by reducing waste and designing get togethers with a lighter ecological footprint without sacrificing what makes the holidays so dear.
A picture can say more than a thousand words. That is certainly true for the new documentary Racing Extinction which tells the story of our Planet, where we come from, how beautifully life has evolved over millions of years, and where we stand today as we face a mass species extinction not seen since before the Ice Age.
It's the time of gratitude, harvest celebrations and finding friends and family around the dinner table. The light is changing and the holidays are near. The AOC Team shares their favorite fall and winter recipes along with the stories that made those meals so exceptional.
President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project, Washington, D.C.
In the weeks leading up to the biggest climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1998, the President & CEO of Al Gore's non-profit tells us what we can expect this December when all nations of the world meet to set new global emission reduction standards - PLUS how you can help with the climate change crisis.
Fruit Buyer, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA
Make this year's holiday meals the simplest in preparation and most flavor yet. We'll tell you how you can get the best price, choose optimal ripeness, and prepare in advance with tips from the experts at Earl's Organic Produce.