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Pizza Talk: Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills, A Hero of Biodiversity

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 10 September 2020 Pizza Talk

Glenn Roberts is a culinary rock star, not as a chef or a pizza maker or restaurant operator but as one of the most important influencers of our generation. He calls himself a “tractor donkey,” because he thinks of himself as a schlepper on behalf of farmers everywhere. He is a saver of (saviour of, really) heirloom and heritage seeds and his company, Anson Mills, has brought more landrace and endangered grains and pulses back into production and onto menus than anyone I know. He has been written about in Michael Pollan’s books and appears on all those Netflix documentaries about bio diversity, so many of you already know of him even if you don’t know much about him. That ends now, because, here he is, on Pizza Talk, in a tour de force conversation about the essential work he is doing to make a difference in the world, one acre at a time. You do not want to miss this episode.

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