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Duesing, Bill

Bill Duesing Politics of Food Collection, 1997-1998.
14 items (1.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 760

A pioneer in organic agriculture in New England, Bill Duesing has been as an environmental educator, writer, artist, and lecturer over for four decades. After graduating from Yale University (1964), Duesing worked as a Cooperative Extension agent before turning to organic principles in the early 1970s. Emphasizing sustainability and greater local food sufficiency, he has been instrumental in developing organic standards for gardening and land care and he has served as both founding president and later executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Connecticut and president of the NOFA Interstate Council. During the 1990s, Duesing produced two radio shows, “Living on the Earth” (WSHU) and “The Politics of Food” (WPKN), and he is author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future (1993).

The Duesing collection consists of fourteen recordings of The Politics of Food radio program, which was broadcast monthly over WPKN (89.5 FM) in Bridgeport in 1997-1998. Each half hour segment included news, a fifteen minute interview, recipes, and tips, with interviewees including Mel Bristol, Jac Smit, Vincent Kay, John Wargo, Hugh Joseph, Joseph Kiefer, Julie Rawson, Michael Sligh, Kathy Lawrence, Lee Warren, and Elizabeth Henderson.

Background on Bill Duesing

A pioneer in organic agriculture in New England, Bill Duesing has been as an environmental educator, writer, artist, and lecturer over for four decades. After graduating from Yale University (1964), Duesing worked as a Cooperative Extension agent before turning to organic principles in the early 1970s. Emphasizing sustainability and greater local food sufficiency, he has been instrumental in developing organic standards for gardening and land care and he has served as both founding president and later executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Connecticut and president of the NOFA Interstate Council. During the 1990s, Duesing produced two radio shows, “Living on the Earth” (WSHU) and “The Politics of Food” (WPKN), and he is author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future (1993).

Contents of Collection

The Duesing collection consists of fourteen recordings of The Politics of Food radio program, which was broadcast monthly over WPKN (89.5 FM) in Bridgeport in 1997-1998. Each half hour segment included news, a fifteen minute interview, recipes, and tips, with interviewees including Mel Bristol, Jac Smit, Vincent Kay, John Wargo, Hugh Joseph, Joseph Kiefer, Julie Rawson, Michael Sligh, Kathy Lawrence, Lee Warren, and Elizabeth Henderson.

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Inventory of Collection
Politics of Food 1997 Mar. 15 00:29:51

Contents include: news on seed biotechnology, Novartis — interview with Mel Bristol (certified organic farmer, Sherman, Conn.) — scalloped potatoes — In the Garden (what to plant now).

Politics of Food 1997 May 17 00:29:55

Contents include: news on genetic engineering, GMO corn seed and Novartis; sustainable agriculture initiatives — interview with Jac Smit (director of the Urban Agriculture Network in Washington and author of Urban Agriculture: Foods, Jobs, and Sustainable Cities) — potato curry — what to plant and eat now.

Politics of Food 1997 June 21 00:30:19

Contents include: news on genetically modified organisms — interview with Vincent Kay (beekeeper) — green salads — what to plant and eat now.

Politics of Food 1997 July 19 00:28:30

Contents include: news on NOFA summer conference — interview with John Wargo (author of Our Children’s Toxic Legacy) — vegetable stir fry — what to plant and eat now.

Politics of Food 1997 Aug. 16 00:30:12

Contents include: news on genetically modified organisms — interview with Hugh Joseph (nutritionist and activist for food security with community groups) — garlic — drying vegetables.

Politics of Food 1997 Sept. 20 00:29:50

Contents include: news on nutriceuticals — interview with Joseph Kiefer (educator, Vermont) — tomatoes — what to plant and eat now.

Politics of Food 1997 Oct. 18 00:29:40

Contents include: news on organic farming movement and Greenpeace — interview with Julie Rawson (organic farmer, NOFA Massachusetts) — apples — what to plant and eat now.

Politics of Food 1997 Nov. 15 00:29:53

Contents include: news on food saefty and imports — interview with Michael Sligh (National Organic Standards Board) — winter squash — what to plant and eat now.

Politics of Food 1997 Dec. 20 00:28:46

Contents include: news on Pesticide Action Network of North America — interview with Kathy Lawrence (New York City food activist) — root cellars — the wonder of life.

Politics of Food 1997 Jan. 17 00:28:45

Contents include: news on organic foods — interview with Lee Warren (organic farmer from Connecticut) — meals with chicken — plans for the next growing season.

Politics of Food 1998 Feb. 21 00:29:54

Contents include: news on genetically modified organisms — interview with Elizabeth Henderson (farmer and activist, New York) — onion soup — starting seedlings.

Politics of Food 1997 May 17 00:29:29

Contents include: news on opposition to national organic standards — interview with Michael Colby (Real Food and Water) — cake — planting peas, pruning.

Politics of Food 1998 Apr. 18 00:29:50

Contents include: opposition to organic standards — interview with Steve Gilman (organic farmer from New York) — potatoes and greens — planting time.

Politics of Food 1998 May 16 00:29:53

Contents include: news on national organic standards and USDA — interview with Becky May (local activist) — salads — what to do now.

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Provenance

Gift of Bill Duesing, 2012.

Alternative Formats

All recordings in the Duesing collection have been digitized and are made available through SCUA’s online digital repository, Credo.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2013.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Bill Duesign Politics of Food Collection (MS 760). Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries.

Subjects
  • Cookery, Health aspects
  • Natural foods--Certification
  • Organic farming
  • Organic farming--Law and legislation
  • Politics of food
  • Sustainable agriculture
Contributors
  • Henderson, Elizabeth, 1943-
  • Rawson, Julie
Types of material
  • Audiotapes
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