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 […]
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, and a contributing producer at The Leonard Lopate Show on New York Public Radio, where she focuses on food and food policy issues. Her work is regularly featured on the Huffington Post’s Green Page, and she has also written for The Washington Post and The New York Times online.
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 […]
Our recent story, “The Saudi Arabia of Sashimi,” which revealed how eight island nations have come together to protect the world’s last healthy tuna populations from the perils of the lawless sea, was recently translated and published by Newsweek Japan. “Tuna is the oil of the Western and Central Pacific with the region’s stock worth […]
In our latest report in partnership with The American Prospect, reporter Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller Four Fish, tells the story of how the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is the result of decades-long U.S. agricultural practices and investigates some of the promising solutions to fixing its future. The […]
FERN’s latest report, out today in May/June issue of Eating Well magazine, looks at the growing issue of antibiotic resistance due to the routine use of antibiotics in livestock production. Reporter Barry Estabrook, author of the New York Times bestselling book Tomatoland, details how livestock are fed a diet laced with low “sub-therapeutic” doses of […]
In the Pacific, eight island nations have recently come together to protect the world’s last healthy tuna populations from the perils of the lawless sea, the first agreement of its kind, reports Shannon Service in FERN’s latest story, “The Saudi Arabia of Sashimi,” for Slate. This report follows a recent radio broadcast supported by FERN […]
San Francisco’s bays are brimming with herring, a welcome sight after the fishery collapsed four years ago, according to the latest report by the Food & Environment Reporting Network for the San Francisco Chronicle. As The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite reported on Jan. 24, warm water and lack of food caused a catastrophic population decline and, […]
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