Beyond the Bio: Coach Mark Smallwood | Beyond the Bio | witf.org
They call him Coach.
Mark Smallwood leads the team at the Rodale Institute, which advocates for organic farming from its headquarters in Kutztown, Berks County.
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They do more than farming though - they raise cows and chickens, and a whole cavalcade of other animals.
I talked with Coach Smallwood about why he made the move to Rodale, some of the most surprising misconceptions he's heard about organic, and how his life as a basketball coach translates in his current career.
On the job at Rodale:
"It was to be more impactful...I don't know how much higher you can go.
"This was the birthplace of the organic movement, and I'm the leader here now, making good impact."
"One is that organic can't feed the world. We hear that all that time. We've totally disproved that. Our farming systems trial started in 1981, the longest trial of its time in North America, growing conventional crops right next to organic. After now 32 years, this is what we know: in terms of feeding the world, the yields are the same. No scientist in the world would ever dispute the numbers.