PBS New Show “Food Forward” Features Iowa “Food Rebels”

Oct 15, 2014

There are lots of opinions about how to eat and grow healthy food. The new PBS show Food Forward takes a look at some of them. 

We set out to make a television series that was entertaining but was different from what else is out there. We didn't want to make another celebrity chef show. - Greg Roden

The series features a few people who are doing things differently. Greg Roden, who produces the show, says he wanted to feature farmers and ranchers who weren’t using conventional methods. “I’ve been working on this project for about five years… we set out to make a television series that was entertaining but was different from what else is out there. We didn’t want to make another celebrity chef show.”

Food Forward features several Iowans – some growing non-GMO corn and soybeans, a non-GMO soybean seed producer and one man who raises buffalo in Southern Iowa.

During this Talk of Iowa interview, Roden talks with host Charity Nebbe. Bob Jackson, who raises bison near Promise City, and Jeff Olson, who farms 1300 acres of both organic and conventional corn and soybeans also join the conversation.