TLC Todd-versations

TLC Todd-versations

Come hang out with us as we talk with people who shape our food experience. Expect to be inspired as we hear about people, brands and cutting edge ideas making a difference in our lives and for our planet.


July 26, 2023 79 mins

Enjoy this chat!

We invite you to join us as Todd talks with people like Walt Duflock of Western Growers, who are passionate about what they do to effect change.

If you enjoy this conversation, we suggest downloading our recent EWG episode with Crop Life America and Leslie Bonci. Put TLC Todd-versations Food, Facts, and Fear, in your internet search engine. Pick your format!  

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Every time we decide the SKUs we carry, the varieties we plant, the ads we set, we’re telling consumers rather than educating them, allowing them to understand the real value of produce. 

The mindset of the consumer is different than that of someone in the produce industry.

Earth shattering? No, but the way we go about curating the produce experience, you’d think that everything is available all the time. 

How many of the al...

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What would you do if your partner of over 30 years started to act in ways completely out of character and complained of misdiagnosed maladies, all the while fading away in front of you?

Listen as Sandy Strauss shares with Todd the journey she took in uncovering the disparity between functional and conventional medicine and what those differences would cost her family emotionally, physically, and financially.

Sandy has written this bo...

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What is the looming external threat to organic today? Is it CRISPR-Cas9?

What is the biggest internal threat to organic today? Is it an inability to build consensus?

Todd and Max Goldberg discuss these issues and more on today‘s Todd-versations. Shocker, they have differences of opinion in several areas. They agree that it is imperative you get on the dance floor and become informed on the things that affect what you eat, from how y...

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-Valuing our food matters

-Understanding the cost of producing and bringing product to market matters

-Valuing our health with respect to the benefits of eating whole food matters

Todd and Mimmo Franzone discuss what they have discovered at Longo’s that supports their teams, customers, and suppliers. Longo’s intentionally works to meet the needs of all their partners.

Learn how they create and maintain the balance that makes Longo’s ...

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You’re always learning something new at the Organic Produce Summit.

Todd and Susan Canales covered everything from who is coming, growers, buyers, and suppliers, oh my, to the very informative educational sessions that touched on the value of whole food for longevity, endurance, and supporting a healthy immune system to current events and how they continue to shape the organic produce horizon.

Catch all this and more at the OPS show...

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ENZAFRUIT Products Inc., @Envy Apples are part of the Turners and Growers family of companies. Their job is to support their growers, agents, and customers in showcasing the Envy Apple and making it your apple a day.

Listen as Todd chats with Vinnie Lopes about the job they do, the wonderful product they get to work with, and the support they receive from their partners. Learn about the attributes of this spectacular apple at https...

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Todd had a great time chatting with Sean Gallagher of Calpine Containers, discussing the whys of their business. At first look, it’s about the product, but as Sean shared, it’s about providing solutions. That’s who they are.

Calpine’s goal is to ensure customer success with value and distinct cost-effective packaging solutions.

And they’re going to make that happen because what sets them apart are their people because their people a...

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David Page spoke with Todd on so many topics that will satisfy your curiosity, pique your interest, and give you an appreciation for food worldwide. 

Here are some of their meanderings. It was more than a story about Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

-Sharing a meal together is as emotionally satisfying and important an event as you can possibly engage in.

-Caviar. Vodka. Cuban cigars.

-If you want to eat vegetables, eat vegetables.


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What hidden attributes does controlled environment agriculture offer?

-Closer to home. That translates into tomatoes and strawberries staying on the vine a few days longer, allowing flavor development. The product is fresher, longer on store shelves. There are fewer transport costs and infrastructure logjams.

-Controlled environment. That means that growth isn’t dependent on climate vacillations. Nurturing the plant isn’t compromis...

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They say it upfront. “We know nature.”

Todd chats with Sofia Elizondo about the bright future we can have as we discover at the molecular level what it takes to improve the health of our bodies, minds, and microbiome.

With Forager, Brightseed’s AI-powered platform, they can rapidly identify bioactive compounds and their health benefits.

With discussions centering around whole-body health, functional medicine, and integrated therapie...

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We’re never going to know if we agree or disagree if we don’t take the time to talk to each other. Todd Linsky

I didn’t know if this episode would ever get recorded. I wasn’t sure that the participants would be willing to expose themselves to you and each other in a way that would make for a meaningful chat. I am so glad that I was not alone on recording day.

Thankfully for all of us these brave folks, @Ken Cook of EWG, Leslie Bonci,...

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It’s about building relationships. It’s about connecting with the community. 

Todd had a great time chatting with Jessica Gudmundson and Miguel Villareal, co-directors of the National Farm to School Network. They work tirelessly to educate farmers and producers about opportunities to provide whole food to schools and the rewards the community reaps by “knowing their food, knowing their farmer”.

Join them as they celebrate Nation...

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The questions that surround indoor ag are numerous. Are they farmers? Can they scale? Can they compete? What can they grow?

Todd chats with Dan Malech today about this and Plenty more. They believe that they cannot only survive but thrive with diversity and purpose. 

Companies like Driscoll’s are on board to test that theory as they partner in strawberries. What’s next? Well, probably not a pistachio tree, but don’t say never.

I ...

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Shared priorities, the phrase of the day.

Over thirty atmospheric rivers and ten storms this past season in California. And we’re not done yet. Todd and Lois Henry of SJV Water discuss the impact of the storms and what we can expect from the impending melt.

So far, we’ve seen:

-Farmers pit themselves against other farmers in a bid to preserve their crop plantings and livestock. 

-Cities blame counties, and counties blame cities fo...

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This episode is not about getting your one-pound bag of organic carrots for $0.99 or your organic bananas for $0.19 each. Cheap has a hidden cost.

This discussion is about the value we place on food, how we chose to support family farms, and where we believe community should fit in the dialog. 

Todd and Nissa Pierson of Crespo Organic have a frank chat about these thoughts and more on today’s episode of Todd-versations. 

I w...

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Paige Venable, Floral Director at Vallarta Supermarkets, knows the power flowers have to tell a story, brighten a day, and add value to retail stores.

Todd discusses Vallarta’s inspiring history from a single carnicería in 1985 to now 53 supermarkets and growing across California. Vallarta believes in its valued employees, investing in their community, the importance of family, and the contributions fresh food and flowers have to br...

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What a great conversation with Daniel Bell of Grocery Outlet, a very cool cat, and a unique retailer. 

Todd enjoyed chatting with Daniel at the FPFC Expo and for the Todd-versations broadcast. They talked about everything from food insecurity to how to handle the latest legislation in the state of California. 

You don’t have to agree with what was said. Listen and decide on your own. Todd won’t tell you what to think. Todd ...

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They’re not the front-line workers that rightly receive the kudos for their work. But Todd wants you to recognize that they are heroes, nonetheless. Retail dietitians have been upcycling food before the term became popular.

As Erin Good explains to Todd, Hy-Vee dietitians use all forms of media to engage their customer base. Do you need speedy meals? Do you have special dietary restrictions? Are you working with a limited budget? Ar...

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They’ve got an AgriVision because they AgriCare. 

As Todd talks with Scott Mabs of Homegrown Organic Farms, you will discover that they plan for future success by providing services to protect and enhance small to mid-size family farms. 

Who are these folks? They are growers and marketers of certified organic produce who take their pledge of stewardship of the soil, people, and the planet seriously. 

Lots to unpack. Eve...

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