Quinoa–a resilient and highly nutritious grain–is increasingly popular worldwide and could be a solution to hunger, but the plant will not flourish outside its native Andean Plateau, or Altiplano. And the seed that could be used to breed more adaptable varieties is closely held by Bolivia and other Andean nations. FERN investigates the worldwide food […]
About Paula CrossfieldPaula is the Managing Editor and a Founding Director of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. She is a founding editor of Civil Eats, a site with over 40 contributors covering sustainability and food. Her reporting has been featured in The Nation, Gastronomica, Index Magazine, The New York Times online and more, and she has been a contributing producer at The Leonard Lopate Show on New York Public Radio. An avid cook and gardener, she currently lives in Oakland.
Native grassland across America’s Western Corn Belt–the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa–is being plowed up to plant row crops at a rate unprecedented since the 1920s. Our latest report in the March/April issue of The American Prospect, “Plowed Under,” by reporter Jocelyn Zuckerman, explores the causes of this dramatic expansion of row crops and its […]
The Pacific island-nation of Palau plans to ban all commercial fishing vessels from its waters, creating one of the world’s largest marine reserves. The sanctuary will cover about 230,000 square miles, an area of ocean slightly smaller than the size of France. This is the focus of the latest report by the Food & Environment […]
California is currently positioned to become the next hub of hydraulic fracturing—also known as “fracking.” In FERN’s latest story, “Nervous Energy,” in the April 2014 issue of Sunset magazine, reporter Barry Yeoman explains that the practice’s demand for water and its environmental impact in other states has locals who live atop the 1,750-square-mile, oil-rich Monterey Shale asking questions. Fracking […]
According to a 15-year study, pesticides could be having a profound impact on the health and brain development of the children of farmworkers in the Salinas Valley, known as America’s salad bowl. The study and the current regulatory framework for organophosphates and other pesticides are the subject of the latest story by reporter Susan Freinkel […]
Organic meat and dairy farmers are being hit hardest by the California drought, forcing many farmers to sell cows for hamburger meat or just bow out completely. This is the subject of FERN’s latest report on Medium.com by reporter Kristina Johnson. “Organic livestock farmers are in a unique bind in this drought, because to qualify as […]
Known for being one of the world’s most ecologically responsible countries, Costa Rica still faces problems with a banned fishing practice–shark finning. The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) investigates this topic in its latest report with PRI’s The World. Shark finning has been illegal in Costa Rica since 2005, but FERN reporter Shannon Service […]
In the winter issue of Modern Farmer magazine, Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) reporter Elizabeth Royte writes that some farmers around the nation are starting to turn away from genetically modified seeds as their productivity flags. They are planting conventionally bred seeds instead, feeding a small, but growing market for these crops. The story, […]
Antibiotics are becoming dangerously impotent, resulting in two million infections and 23,000 deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But what happens when we lose these drugs altogether? Reporter Maryn McKenna explores the dramatic implications of that question for the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) in its […]
In its latest story online today, The Hidden Benefits of Food Stamps, the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) and Mother Jones teamed up with reporter Christopher Cook to take a hard look at the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, which is on the cutting block as soon […]
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