The ugly truth about the tractor

What comes to mind when you think of the tractor? A modern marvel? A gift to the food system? This interview with Matt Rothe may change your mind. Matt grew up on a farm, and went on to get his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and become a d.school fellow (2012-2013). Prior to that, he served as director of operations at Niman Ranch and led the Sustainable Food Program for Stanford Dining. He is also the co-founder of the FEED Collaborative at Stanford -- a network dedicated to addressing and solving the biggest challenges in the food system.

Incoming d.school teaching fellow, Erik Olesund, interviewed Matt, producing this story. The piece illustrates how, in fact, the tractor may be responsible for ruining farming by weaving the story of Matt's life, including the sale of his family's farm, with a history of agriculture. The radio program was published by Green Grid Radio, aired on KZSU 90.1 FM and was published on PRX.


Disclosure: While I may get a nod at the end of this program, congratulations goes to Erik for his remarkable work and dedication to this story.