Under the Microscope
3:15 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

On the future of sustainable farming

On this week's show, we’ll hear the third installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and revisit a conversation with author Michael Pollan.

One of the big buzz words in agriculture today is “sustainability.” It’s all about making sure natural resources are not depleted or permanently damaged so that we can farm into the future. But how do you best do this and who’s really making the commitment for the long-term? In part three of the Harvest Public Media series “Farmer of the Future,” Jessica Naudziunas reports that as more farmers embrace the idea of “sustainability", their open-ended definitions will help shape the next generation of farming.

Also, Michael Pollan considers himself a writer, a professor and eater. The author of books like The Ominvore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan is known for his vivid critiques of industrial agriculture and the modern American diet.

We’ll revisit a conversation he had with St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra about his views on food and agriculture.

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