Real Organic Podcast

Francis Thicke: Unpacking the Industrial Takeover of Organic

October 12, 2021 Real Organic Project Episode 34
Real Organic Podcast
Francis Thicke: Unpacking the Industrial Takeover of Organic
Show Notes

#034: Real Organic dairy farmer, soil scientist, and former National Organic Standards Board member Francis Thicke sheds light on how the USDA program has been lost to corporate influence.  He also shares enlightening and easy-to-follow explanations about the upsides of cows on grass.

Francis Thicke owns and operates Radiance Dairy in Fairfield, Iowa with his wife Susan, which produces milk, cream, cheese, and yogurt on site . He has worked for the USDA as a soil scientist and has served on the National Organic Standards Board. Francis currently serves on the Real Organic Project Standards Board.

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