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S3 - Ep#1 - Season 3 Opener with Tom Philpott, author of “Perilous Harvest”

Flipping the Table

Michael and Tom discuss California’s immense water problems and potential solutions. S3 E1 sets the stage for a great season of how CA is solving 21st century food system challenges.

55mins

23 Mar 2021

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Tom Philpott, "Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

New Books in Economics

Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020) is an unsettling journey into the disaster-bound American food system, and an exploration of possible solutions, from leading food politics commentator and former farmer Tom Philpott.More than a decade after Michael Pollan's game-changing The Omnivore's Dilemma transformed the conversation about what we eat, a combination of global diet trends and corporate interests have put American agriculture into a state of "quiet emergency," from dangerous drought in California--which grows more than 50 percent of the fruits and vegetables we eat--to catastrophic topsoil loss in the "breadbasket" heartland of the United States. Whether or not we take heed, these urgent crises of industrial agriculture will define our future.In Perilous Bounty, veteran journalist and former farmer Tom Philpott explores and exposes the small handful of seed and pesticide corporations, investment funds, and magnates who benefit from the trends that imperil us, with on-the-ground dispatches featuring the scientists documenting the damage and the farmers and activists who are valiantly and inventively pushing back.Resource scarcity looms on the horizon, but rather than pointing us toward an inevitable doomsday, Philpott shows how the entire wayward ship of American agriculture could be routed away from its path to disaster. He profiles the farmers and communities in the nation's two key growing regions developing resilient, soil-building, water-smart farming practices, and readying for the climate shocks that are already upon us; and he explains how we can help move these methods from the margins to the mainstream.Jenny Splitter is an independent journalist covering food, farming, science, and climate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/economics

59mins

4 Mar 2021

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Tom Philpott, "Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

New Books in Environmental Studies

Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020) is an unsettling journey into the disaster-bound American food system, and an exploration of possible solutions, from leading food politics commentator and former farmer Tom Philpott.More than a decade after Michael Pollan's game-changing The Omnivore's Dilemma transformed the conversation about what we eat, a combination of global diet trends and corporate interests have put American agriculture into a state of "quiet emergency," from dangerous drought in California--which grows more than 50 percent of the fruits and vegetables we eat--to catastrophic topsoil loss in the "breadbasket" heartland of the United States. Whether or not we take heed, these urgent crises of industrial agriculture will define our future.In Perilous Bounty, veteran journalist and former farmer Tom Philpott explores and exposes the small handful of seed and pesticide corporations, investment funds, and magnates who benefit from the trends that imperil us, with on-the-ground dispatches featuring the scientists documenting the damage and the farmers and activists who are valiantly and inventively pushing back.Resource scarcity looms on the horizon, but rather than pointing us toward an inevitable doomsday, Philpott shows how the entire wayward ship of American agriculture could be routed away from its path to disaster. He profiles the farmers and communities in the nation's two key growing regions developing resilient, soil-building, water-smart farming practices, and readying for the climate shocks that are already upon us; and he explains how we can help move these methods from the margins to the mainstream.Jenny Splitter is an independent journalist covering food, farming, science, and climate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/environmental-studies

59mins

4 Mar 2021

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Tractor Time Episode 51: Journalist Tom Philpott on Our Perilous Food System

Acres U.S.A.: Tractor Time

Tom Philpott is the food and ag correspondent for Mother Jones. Before that, he covered the food system for Grist. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and the Guardian. He’s worked as a bona fide farmer and now splits his time between Austin, Texas, and North Carolina. He has a new book out from Bloomsbury Publishing. It’s called Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It. The book is the culmination of an impressive career spent holding industry and government accountable. Perilous Journey tells the story of two U.S. farming powerhouses — California’s Central Valley and the Corn Belt of the Midwest. Through this lens, Philpott makes the case that current agricultural practices and policies are leading us down the road to environmental ruin. And yet, there’s still hope on the horizon. To find out more about Tom Philpott visit www.tomphilpott.net/ Tractor Time is brought to you by Acres U.S.A. and Barn2Door. Subscribe to our channel on YouTube, iTunes or anywhere podcasts are available. Also, find us at acresusa.com, ecofarmingdaily.com, and don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly magazine.

1hr 29mins

26 Feb 2021

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It's All About Food - Tom Philpott, Perilous Bounty, The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It

It's All About Food

Tom Philpott, Perilous Bounty, The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent ItTom Philpott has been the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones since 2011. Previously, he covered food as a writer and editor for the environmental-news website Grist. Philpott’s work on food politics has won numerous awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award for business feature writing, and has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Guardian, among other places. From 2004 to 2012, he farmed at Maverick Farms in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. He lives in Austin, Texas. LINKS Did Trump Just Cut Guest Farmworker Wages by as Much as 50 Percent? by Tom Philpott Recipes Tomatillo Salsa Homemade Tortillas Almond Ricotta

59mins

21 Oct 2020

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Episode 7: Tom Philpott On A Food System In Crisis… and How To Fix It.

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Episode #7 Notes1:00 - How did you get interested in food and agriculture?5:45 - Say what? Tom and Errol both organized to save NYC community gardens back in the day.7:00 - Tom, you’ve actually managed a farm - tell us about that?12:00 - How did you end up working at Mother Jones?16:30 - What inspired you to start writing Perilous Bounty?19:30 - Climate change. What is the severity of the risk to agricultural communities in California and the West Coast, specifically?26:15 - The agricultural workers and communities in the Central Valley - how are they fighting to save their communities in the face of climate change?30:30 - How much fruit, veg, and dairy as a percent of national supply is produced in California’s Central Valley?32:30 - Midwest agriculture - what’s being produced in these world class soils, where does that product go, and how does this tie to soil loss and pesticide/fertilizer use?38:00 - Overproduction of food, and how this is related to lower farm income and greater concentration of agribusiness. Tell us about that.41:15 - Monsanto or The Resnick Empire: Who’s more evil? And, how has each company impacted ag policy to their betterment?47:30 - Contrasting these companies, why hasn’t sustainable, regenerative farming taken-off?51:30 - What do we need to fix in our food system to avoid collapse? What practices and policies should be implemented?56:15 - What’s on your bookshelf?Late Victorian Holocaust, Mike DavisThe Death of Ramon Gonzalez, Angus WrightFast Food Nation, Eric SchlosserFood Politics, Marion NestleStuffed and Starved, Raj PatelThe Value of Nothing, Raj PatelThe Price of Peace, Zachary CarterPerilous Bounty, Tom PhilpottThe Monster at Our Door, Mike DavisEcology of Fear: Las Angelas and the Imagination of Disaster, Mike Davis

1hr 4mins

2 Oct 2020

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Perious Bounty, a new book by Mother Jones reporter Tom Philpott

What Doesn't Kill You

Tom Philpott returns to discuss his new book, Perilous Bounty, an examination of American Agriculture in our key food producing states.Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support What Doesn't Kill You by becoming a member!What Doesn't Kill You is Powered by Simplecast.

52mins

14 Sep 2020

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197. New on the Podcast: Tom Philpott, food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones Magazine, discusses his new book Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It.

Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg (by Food Tank)

On “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg,” Dani talks with Tom Philpott, author of the new book Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It. They discuss the many perils the U.S. agricultural industry faces and solutions that can save it. While you’re listening, subscribe, rate, and review the show; it would mean the world to us to have your feedback. You can listen to “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg” wherever you consume your podcasts.

40mins

24 Aug 2020

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Behind the News: Elizabeth Wrigley-Field and Tom Philpott

Jacobin Radio

Host Doug Henwood covers the worlds of economics and politics and their complex interactions, from the local to the global. Doug speaks with Elizabeth Wrigley-Field on race and mortality: years lost to police violence and how many white people would have to die of COVID-19 to equal a “normal” year of black death. (paper here, NYT article here). Then an interview with Tom Philpott, author of Perilous Bounty, on the ecological crises facing US agriculture. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

53mins

14 Aug 2020

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Tom Philpott on Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York

(8/10/20)More than a decade after Michael Pollan transformed the conversation about what we eat, a combination of global diet trends and corporate interests have left American agriculture in a state of emergency. In his latest book, “Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It” former farmer and food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones Tom Philpott exposes the small handful of seed and pesticide corporations, investment funds and magnates who benefit from the practices that are putting our food supply in danger and the farmers and activists who are valiantly pushing back. Join us for a look at how to preserve one of the nation’s most critical resources in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.

54mins

10 Aug 2020

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