Can American agriculture feed the world?

Can American agriculture feed the world?

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As we wind down harvest season and look toward Thanksgiving, we’re talking farming and crops. First off, we discuss the reputation and potential of the beet. Ivy Manning steps in to tell us about this unusual root vegetable and what she recommends doing with it.

For our second course, we discuss the latest science behind perennial crops that may eliminate the need to seed each year. Having written an article on this subject, Virginia Gewin brings us up to speed on a possible future in which certain grains — at the very least — regrow year after year.

And, finally, we expand our lens to consider the implications of a growing global dependence on American agriculture. Tove Danovich shares her thoughts on how this issue has shifted since she published an article on the subject in 2016, especially given the current political climate.

Meet our panelists: Ivy Manning is the author of eight cookbooks and a contributor to various national food publications. Virginia Gewin is a science journalist whose work can be found in publications such as Nature, The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Tove Danovich is a food and agriculture journalist contributing to publications including Eater, Atlas Obscura and The New Food Economy.

Our host is Katherine Cole.

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