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 […]
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. “We welcome to our already outstanding board of directors some of the finest minds in technology, business, and law,” said Tom Laskawy, FERN’s Executive […]
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, […]
On Sunday, the Food & Environment Reporting Network published an important front cover story on shark finning and endangered shark species in the travel section of the San Francisco Chronicle. This story follows on the heels of our recent story on antibiotic resistance for Medium.com, which has had over 300,000 pageviews. These are just a few of the many stories […]
Cocos Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site off the coast of Costa Rica, has been called an “underwater Serengeti” because of the many species found in its waters, including hammerhead sharks. But there is a darker side to this idyll: Costa Rica is the shark-finning capital of Central America. The story, reported by Maria Finn […]
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 […]
Chemicals from California’s agricultural industry have been polluting the state’s water resources for decades, yet the largest source of public funds to remedy the nitrate and pesticide tainted water are significantly underutilized. That’s the key finding in a report released today by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG). The report, entitled “Untapped: How Farm Bill […]
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 […]
“The news for environmental journalism in the United States is grim and getting grimmer,” says journalist Zofeen Ebrahim in her October 15 story “U.S. Science Reporters Becoming an Endangered Species,” published by the Inter Press Service News Agency. Ebrahim based her conclusion on discussions with colleagues, including Food & Environment Reporting Network’s editor in chief […]
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