Healthy Debate

Guidelines for Subscribers

The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture sponsors the "Healthy Debate" listserv as a forum for people to discuss their ideas and opinions regarding sustainable agriculture and its intersection with politics, society, and advocacy.

Healthy Debate is primarily a discussion and opinion listserv. If you want to join an information-only list about sustainable agriculture events, workshops, etc., please join our Sustag listserv.

Selected posts from the listserv will be re-posted to the Healthy Debate Blog.

Subscribers to Healthy Debate are asked to adhere to basic rules of online etiquette ("Netiquette"), as well as to the terms of participation for the national SANET discussion group. These will be enforced at the discretion of the list owner.

Healthy Debate is an unmoderated list, meaning that posts do not need to be pre-approved by a moderator. However, MISA staff will be reading all posts, and anyone engaging in personal attacks, slander, or general viciousness and abuse will be asked to tone it down or leave the list. We believe that keeping a civil tone to posts still leaves plenty of room for vigorous debate.

How to subscribe:

Read Guidelines for Subscribers

  • send email to [email protected]
  • leave the Subject line blank
  • start the text on the 1st line: SUBSCRIBE healthy_debate Your Name

SUBSCRIBE healthy_debate George C. Starr

You will receive 3 emails from the University of Minnesota LISTSERV server:

  1. a notice that you will receive a confirmation request
  2. a confirmation request to which you must respond
  3. a notification that you have successfully subscribed

How to unsubscribe:

  • send email to [email protected]
  • leave the Subject line blank
  • start the text on the 1st line: SIGNOFF healthy_debate
  • do not include your name in the "signoff" command

How to post a message to the list:

Send your email message to: [email protected]

Note that there is an underscore in this email address: healthy_debate

To make changes to your list options:

Go to to find detailed instructions. Contact [email protected] if you need assistance.

To access the HealthyDebate archives:

Go to the University of Minnesota Healthy Debate Listserv page.
Click on "Log In" and enter your email address and password. If you do not already have a password for HealthyDebate, you will be able to choose one.

To avoid having your messages marked as "SPAM:"

The University of Minnesota hosts this listserv, and has installed SpamAssassin software as another layer of protection for all of its listservs.  In rare cases, a legitimate message will get marked as "SPAM."  Read these materials from SpamAssassin to find out how to avoid this for your messages:

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Selected posts from the listserv will be re-posted to the Healthy Debate Blog.