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Your Call: As organic farming has grown and gone mainstream, how has it changed?


On the November 24th edition of  Your Call, we will have a conversation with professor Julie Guthman, author of Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.” Guthman says organic farmers are under the same pressures ­­ and make many of the same choices ­­ as conventional farmers.  So what does organic mean now?  Is buying organic still a powerful way to change our agricultural system?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin, and you.


Julie Guthman, geographer and professor of social sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is the author of Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism and Agrarian Dreams: the Paradox of Organic Farming in California 

Web Resources:

UC Press: Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California

LA Times: Asian citrus psyllid proposal worries organic farmers

Guardian: Billion-dollar California salad company exploits undocumented migrants, say workers and Teamsters

Roll Call: 'Organic' Label Rules Attacked by Watchdog Groups

The Organic Food Processing Industry 2014 (Source: Philip Howard, University of Michigan)