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Tractor Time Episode 25: Fred Provenza, Author & Animal Behavior Expert


 

Welcome to Tractor Time, brought to you by Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture. I’m your host Ryan Slabaugh, and lucky enough to be the GM/Publisher of Acres U.S.A., and very lucky enough to sit down and produce our 25th episode of Tractor Time. And thanks again to BCS America for being the sponsors of today’s program.

BCS America

Show Sponsor: BCS America

This episode’s guest — I met Fred Provenza, professor emeritus in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University, at our annual conference last December. We talked a bit about farming and soil, but in all honesty, we talked more about our common hobby of skiing and winter sports. When it came time to scheduling guests, I knew I needed Mr. Provenza on the show so we could actually talk about our day jobs, and his lifetime of research into animal and human health.

So, this episode’s guest — renowned animal behaviorist Fred Provenza has spent his academic career researching how animals respond to an intricately tuned system of flavor-feedback relationships. In other words, animals somehow instinctively seem to know what foods they need to stay alive and healthy. But what about us humans? Do we possess that same wisdom? He wrote about that in a new book from Chelsea Green called, Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom.

Fred Provenza

Fred Provenza

We talk about that book, but more importantly, we discuss how to use that book to talk about the larger health issues, and how our own bodies and own biology often can defy us – but they can also tell us exactly what we need to know.

We recorded this interview on Wednesday, Jan. 23, via phone.

A Treat for Podcast Listeners

Download a FREE, fascinating discussion from the 2018 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, featuring Fred Provenza, Charles Massy and Gabe Brown, and moderated by Nicolette Hahn Niman.

Also, find Fred Provenza’s book, Nourishment, on sale for the month of February.

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