Video series: Redefining our relationship with organics

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Video series: Redefining our relationship with organics

Due to the holiday, there was no Nature of Business radio show this past Wednesday. Instead, I'm highlighting Organic Connections, a video series that I recently produced and launched in collaboration with Waltham, Mass.-based Harvest Power. The series highlights some of the most knowledgeable people in organics management who spoke with me about the interlocking connections between organics recycling, renewable energy, composting and soil revitalization.

Interviewees included Harvest’s CEO Paul Sellew; Jonathan Bloom, author of the book "American Wasteland;" Carol Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy; David William House, author of "The Complete Biogas Handbook;" Ian Bowles, Former Secretary, Energy and Environmental Affairs of Massachusetts; Jeff Moyer, Farm Director for the Rodale Institute, an organization dedicated to organic farming research; Pat Ricchiuti, owner of P-R Farms in California; and Eliot Coleman, a Maine farmer and the author of "The New Organic Grower."

“Organic Connections serves as a fantastic springboard for leaders to have a fresh conversation around organics management," said Paul Sellew, CEO of Harvest Power. "We aim to inspire fundamental, permanent changes in the way North America thinks about the carbon, energy and nutrient values of its organic materials.”

What I loved the most about interviewing all of these experts is the thought-provoking information viewers can learn about materials they interact with every day.  Everyone with whom I spoke articulated their experience in the organics management field in inspiring ways. Their passion came through in spades during each interview with facts that range from intriguing to downright shocking.

As a nation and beyond, we certainly continue to hear more and more about what how we are handling our organics waste. Anaerobic digestion is becoming more commonplace, thanks to the leadership of Harvest Power. They have also harnessed the maximum value from organic materials through the production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. The company's vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic materials produced in North America each year.

Watch an interview with Maine farmer Eliot Coleman below, one of the most recent videos in the series.

View the complete video series on Harvest’s YouTube channel.

To learn more about the latest events at Harvest Power, check out my April interview with Sellew.

Photo of field provided by Paul Orr via Shutterstock.