Our Heroes is a regular series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food and agriculture!

Our Heroes

Our Heroes is a weekly series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food, water and/or energy.

Rachel Carson -- Aroused Ecocentric

Silent Spring, Carson's fourth book and her third best-seller, "played in the history of environmentalism roughly the same role that Uncle Tom's Cabin played in the abolitionist movement. In fact, EPA today may be said without exaggeration to be the extended shadow of Rachel Carson.

Big Oil Buys Science - With the Help of Taxpayer Dollars

A recent report by the Center for American Progress, authored by investigative journalist Jennifer Washburn, examined ten large-scale, long-term contracts that govern corporate-funded energy research at several major universities and concluded that these partnerships fail to establish adequate safeguards for scientific objectivity and academic independence.

Our Heroes: Brian Gotreaux of Gotreaux Family Farms in Scott, Louisiana

Brian Gotreaux never made the conscious decision to become an organic farmer-- it was simply a matter of getting healthy. After years of hard work, Brian and his wife Dawn successfully run an organic farm, a CSA and a farmer's market all while educating their community about the benefits of organic farming.

Our Heroes: Kristine Uhlman of the University of Arizona

Kristine Uhlman is a nationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in aquifer characterization, environmental site remediation, water resource management and protection, compliance and groundwater modeling. Kristine also does water outreach and education. Once upon a time, she wanted to be a Lutheran pastor until a geology course changed her life - and her life story.

Our Heroes: Jack Algiere of Stone Barns

Come spring, Jack Algiere won't have much time to talk; he'll be too busy teaching apprentices and Farm Campers, and overseeing the hundreds of varieties of crops growing at Stone Barns. Good thing we caught him before the thaw.

Our Heroes: Michael E. ''Aquadoc'' Campana

Michael E. "Aquadoc" Campana's story is a testament to the fact that at times something can be found unexpectedly--like a career in hydrogeology. Dr. Campana is a Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State Univ., the president of a professional water resources association and a prolific blogger.

Our Heroes: Joan Dye Gussow

Joan Gussow is known as the matriarch of the local food movement. In 2010, Joan's garden was devastated by a massive storm and flood. The story of its rebirth is a story about grit, hope and living a purposeful life.

Our Heroes: Leah Mayor of Taking Root

Leah Mayor is the sweetest force to be reckoned with you'll ever meet. A community leader in food sustainability and eco-travel, Leah has just launched her newest project combining the two, Taking Root.

Our Heroes: Matt Malina of NYC H2O

Water educator and math tutor Matt Malina loves his city's water system so much that he created NYC H2O, a series of educational tours and lectures about the city's incredible drinking water system.

Farming and Fracking Don’t Mix: A Farmer Speaks Out

The debate raging around fracking is very familiar to Greg Swartz: Fracking offers a potential economic boost for landowners, but carries with it potential health and safety hazards and risk of severe environmental degradation.

Our Heroes: Severine von Tscharner Fleming of The Greenhorns

For young farmers nationwide, Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a fearless leader. A farmer, activist and organizer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, Severine speaks for a generation of young farmers, yet is acutely aware of the need for each farmer to tell his or her own story.

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