Urban Farming is Booming, But What Does it Really Yield?

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(Note: This story was updated on 5/7/15 to add source for percent of food grown in cities) Photography by Marcin Szczepanski Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley’s Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit, barely foreshadow the cornucopian abundance to come. It will be many months before Leadley is selling… » Read More

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The Post-GMO Economy

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As an invulnerable tween, Chris Huegerich, the child of a prosperous farming family, wiped out on his motorcycle in tiny Breda, Iowa. Forty years on, folks still call Huegerich “Crash.” And though he eventually went down a conventional path (married, divorced) and bought out his parents’ farm, Huegerich has recently reverted to his daredevil ways… » Read More

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Livestock Falling Ill in Fracking Regions, Raising Concerns About Food

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Cattle on the Schilke Ranch in northwestern North Dakota, located on Bakken Shale. Photo: Jacki SchilkeIn the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. While scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect, many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking… » Read More

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Fracking Our Food Supply

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In a Brooklyn winery on a sultry July evening, an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout plucked from the gin-clear streams of upstate New York. The diners are here, with their checkbooks, to support a group called Chefs for the Marcellus, which works to protect the foodshed upon which hundreds of regional farm-to-fork restaurants… » Read More

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