All posts by Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook
Stett Holbrook is a senior editor at MAKE magazine. He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series in production for PBS.

Crop Insurance a Boon to Farmers – And Insurers, too

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  Here’s a deal few businesses would refuse: Buy an insurance policy to protect against losses – even falling prices — and the government will foot most of the bill. That’s how crop insurance works. The program doesn’t just help out farmers, however. The federal government also subsidizes the insurance companies that write the policies. If their losses grow too big,… » Read More

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Farming Communities Facing Crisis Over Nitrate Pollution, Study Says

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Nitrate contamination in groundwater from fertilizer and animal manure is severe and getting worse for hundreds of thousands of residents in California’s farming communities, according to a study released today by researchers at UC Davis. Nearly 10 percent of the 2.6 million people living in the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley might be drinking… » Read More

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