Death of a Family Farm

Family businesses remain one of the most popular forms of ownership in America. But when things go wrong, they go really wrong.

At the end of a road lined with the skeletons of old field equipment, Tony Azevedo sits in the living room of his white farmhouse and tells me not to expect much from his son Adam. “He had a breakdown,” says the 62-year-old organic dairy farmer. “The Adam you met isn’t the Adam we raised.” The house is a… » Read More

Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?

Challenging elitism, racism, and obesity with a grocery store may sound crazy. Here’s what happened when Whole Foods tried to do it in Detroit.

“Everybody Was Talking About It” A couple of years ago, as winter gave way to spring, Toyoda Ruff began to think about changing how she ate. Ruff had always been heavy, but her son, Tarik, a freshman honor student, had recently crossed the 300-pound mark, prompting Ruff to ferry him to appointments at a children’s weight… » Read More

Tuna firm’s bungled IPO exposes China’s flouting of global fishing rules

Draft IPO sends a reporter down a rabbit hole to find shell companies and shady dealings in the world-wide fishing industry

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Reporting on international fishing can often feel like investigating organized crime. Everyone knows how things are run, but the truth is obscured by shell companies, back-door dealings, and plausible deniability. This is why it’s remarkable that a recent, bungled initial public stock offering from a major Chinese tuna firm accidentally revealed something close to the… » Read More

California’s drought creates an unexpected casualty: sports

As a result of the recent drought ravaging California, high schools and universities struggle to provide outdoor sports for students

A year ago, Lauren Porter worked out twice a week at dawn with a women’s soccer club on the main recreational field at the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC). The field commands a view of scenic Monterey Bay. “Every morning, it was so great,” says 21-year-old Porter, a fourth-year environmental studies major. But this academic year… » Read More

The Quinoa Quarrel

Who owns the world’s greatest superfood?

At the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations, the General Assembly named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. When I tell people that, they often laugh— most Americans know quinoa as the latest in a string of superfoods that cycle through the shelves and bulk bins of their local high-end grocery. But this grainlike seed… » Read More