The Rodale Institute is the longest running organization promoting sustainable and organic farming practices in the U.S. Their organization is smart, tactical, and scientifically sound. Tim LaSalle (now past) CEO, is one of those people that, with every breath, forces his audience to pause and think about the interconnectedness of global issues, and how simple and clear the solutions really can be.

Tim LaSalle being interviewed

Set against the verdant background of mid summer Pennsylvania, it’s hard not to be swept up in hope for our collective agricultural future. Rodale is proving, step by step, that through careful soil fertility management, such as the addition of organic matter, we can solve many of the world’s large problems. As we walked through their field of wheat, held their soil in our hands, and witnessed the clouds of beneficials (including fire flies might I add)- it was hard not to imagine a world where agriculture is sustainable, where life is well managed, and where the soil is alive.

DP John Chater, Sound Man Ray Day, and Deborah in a wheat trial at Rodale

– By Jessy Beckett

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 3:33 pm