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Charles Walters and Eco-Agriculture Meet Acres USA Editor Ryan Slabaugh
Lost Arts Radio Show on Sunday 6/11/17
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Charles Walters, Sr. started a newspaper exclusively devoted to ecologically sound agriculture in the early 1970’s. Today it is still a powerful voice for eco-agriculture (www.acresusa.com), letting farmers, and those who would like to be farmers, know that there is a way to make an economically sound business out of producing healthy food. This is an incredibly important contribution to the future of America, where our food supply has become ever more polluted by chemical agriculture and factory food processing since around the time of World War II.
Acres USA features educational articles and real-life stories of farmers who are large-scale farmers committed to care for the Earth and producing food that can help us regain our health through clean nutrition. I was fortunate to meet with Charles Walters Sr. twice during his lifetime, and was very impressed with his depth of insight into how to heal American agriculture and the American economy at the same time. Aware of how unconscious people had become (that was decades ago, we are much closer to the movie “Idiocracy” by now), he was cynical about the fact that few understood him, but nevertheless determined to offer a clear path to making “ecological agriculture” economically sound, in order to help reverse the trend toward denatured food and an economically distressed country.
Ryan Slabaugh is General Manager of Acres USA, keeping alive the Legacy of Charles Walters, Sr. He is leading an operation that is not only educating farmers and those interested in moving agriculture toward a more sustainable future in harmony with nature through the monthly magazine (subscribe at www.acresusa.com), but is also doing this through the medium of workshops and conferences, two of which are coming up this summer. We will get a chance to talk in some detail about what will be taught at these events, and get into what Acres USA sees as the future of American food and farming. Everyone is concerned about GMO’s and chemicals in the food supply. But some like Acres USA are working toward solutions, and I urge you to learn about them and listen in on my conversation with Ryan Slabaugh. His work is a sign of great hope for the future.
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