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FERN Hires Pulitzer Prize Winner Dennis Chamberlin as its Director of Photography

The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is pleased to announce that Dennis Chamberlin has joined its team as Director of Photography. Chamberlin, along with the staff of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, received a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for coverage of a devastating Indiana flood in 1982. Chamberlin will coordinate all of FERN’s photographic work, […]

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Dynamic New Members Join FERN’s Board

Today we are pleased to announce that Nat Brown, Alison Cayne, Mike Rankowitz, and Leslie Williams have joined the Food & Environment Reporting Network as members of its board of directors.

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FERN Reports: SNAP Judgment—Behind the Scenes on Limiting Junk Food via Food Stamps

While Democrats and Republicans publicly fight over the farm bill that funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, another debate simmers behind the scenes: Should the program limit purchases of junk food by food stamp recipients? Reporter Jane Black, a columnist for the Washington Post, investigates for the Food & Environment Reporting […]

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Dutch article of FERN story

FERN featured in Dutch Newspaper

The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) was recently the focus of a feature-length story in the Dutch national evening newspaper, NRC Handelsblad. In her story “Journalism Beyond Recipes and Restaurants,” NRC reporter Grace Wermenbol explained how FERN operates as it shines a light on food, agriculture and environmental issues. She also highlighted some our […]

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Tuna’s Last Stand

In our latest investigation, for the PRI’s The World, Shannon Service reports from Palau in the Western Pacific, where the island-nation struggles to protect the world’s last healthy stock of tuna. Last week, Service reports, scientists released jaw-dropping data showing that Pacific bluefin tuna has plummeted to just 4 percent of its population. As tuna—America’s […]

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New Report Puts Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign On the Scale

In our latest investigation for The Nation, reporter Bridget Huber examines first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign and the political realities of taking on the multibillion-dollar food industry. The story, “Michelle’s Moves,” appears online at The Nation and here on thefern.org. Huber details how, starting in March 2010, Mrs. Obama—the enormously popular mother in chief, […]

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New Report: Nitrate Contamination Threatens California’s Drinking Water

Today, the Food & Environment Reporting Network published its third report, “Farming Communities Facing Crisis Over Nitrate Pollution, Study Says,” on msnbc.com. Reporter Stett Holbrook takes a deep dive into a new study by UC Davis that reveals that nitrate contamination is severe and getting worse for hundreds of thousands of people in California’s farming […]

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Our Latest Report: A Controversial Animal Feed Additive Gets a Closer Look

In our latest report, Helena Bottemiller investigates a controversial feed additive ractopamine hydrochloride, which has become the focus of a long-running international trade dispute that centers on concerns about its effect on human health. The story, “Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting US Meat Exports,” appears today on msnbc.com, one of the top three global news sites […]

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