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Published September 1st, 2014

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Erin Fairbanks speaks with Flash Talks Cash host JoAnn Fleming about the Burger King acquisition of Tim Hortons and what to make of the the chain restaurant's headquarters' relocation to Canada.

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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks takes on a solo show inspired by the recent profile of Vandana Shiva, international anti-GMO and anti-globalization advocate, in the New Yorker written by Michael Specter. In response to the piece, Erin previously spoke with the long time anti-GMO advocate Jim Gerritsen as well as reporter Tom Philpott to expand on this issue. In the second half of the show, Erin talks about a situation concerning an invite from Conde Nast Media Group to take part in a video series focused on food topics. What was not widely mentioned was that Monsanto was underwriting for the project. Seemingly a conflict of interest between the discussion topic and underwriter, Erin shares her thoughts on the ordeal and how such media outlets should be more transparent. This program was brought to you by The International Culinary Center.

"The really big problem is that nowhere... was it made clear that the project was being underwritten by an organization that is such a divisive player in the food world. Nowhere did it say that Conde Nast was working with Monsanto on this cool food project." [24:00]

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Christophe Hille, Fleisher's Meat's CFO, and Kathleen Harris of Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company join Erin Fairbanks for another episode of The Farm Report. Kathleen works with farmers to help market their products and also aids in process facilitation. She believes consumers should be aware of the meat they purchase and encourages them to get in touch with their local farmers or ensure that the business they deal with communicates directly with the local farmers. That's where Christophe's company comes in. Fleisher's Meats was founded in 2004. Inspired by traditional butcher shops, Fleisher's offers meats that are free of hormones and antibiotics. Their products are sourced locally and, thus, support the local agricultural economy. He also gives insight on how to develop and sustain business. This program was brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

"...Because we are owned and operated by a board of directors, who are all famers, who have an altruistic attitude about serving their fellow farmers, we do not market in areas where they can market for themselves. We only market in areas that are probably too big for them to do on their own..." [06:00]

"...you see more women in agriculture, you see different ethnicities involved in agriculture, it is not just the way it used to be and what's happened with that, is their enjoyment of grass based farming and all the things that go with that and producing a more natural, less chemical dependent type of type of product and those are the farmers that we're working with..." [15:00]

"...there's an issue of scale in all these businesses and people need to understand scale. Scale isn't necessarily something that is always the larger industry's fault." [20:00]

Christophe Hille & Kathleen Harris on the Farm Report


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