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 […]
FERN Event in NYC Highlights Mission, Features Conversation (& Cheetos) with Ruth Reichl, Michael Moss
The mission of the Food & Environment Reporting Network has always been to stimulate discussion about food, agriculture and environmental health, and we’ve pursued that though our articles and broadcast and multimedia pieces. But we can also go live, as we did last week with a stimulating discussion between Ruth Reichl, the author and former editor-in-chief […]
A new map shows that slimy, smelly, toxic blooms of blue-green algae are widespread across the nation’s lakes, rivers. and ponds. Between May 5 and mid-September, 21 states issued warnings or advisories in 147 locations, according to information compiled by the National Wildlife Federation and Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm. But the map’s blank […]
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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