Editor’s Desk: The Codfather and catch shares, a cautionary tale

A foul-mouthed fisheries kingpin. Undercover cops. Envelopes stuffed with illicit cash. Our latest story, published with Mother Jones, reads like a noir thriller set against the backdrop of the collapsing New England fishing industry. Ben Goldfarb tells the riveting tale of Carlos Rafael, known as “The Codfather,” who exploited loopholes in the region’s catch-share system… » Read More

There’s No Silver Bullet For Solving School Lunch: A Q&A with Jane Black

This Q&A originally appeared on The Huffington Post by Joseph Erbentraut. Check out Jane Black’s story “Revenge of the Lunch Lady” with FERN & Huffington Post’s Highline here.  Some seven years ago, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, on a mission: To save the residents of the so-called “fattest and unhealthiest” U.S. city from… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: The hipster food dictionary; corrupt ethanol; and climate scientists under attack

Does your car run on cronyism? The Intercept When President Trump named billionaire Carl Icahn as the administration’s “deregulatory czar,” the informal title meant he didn’t have to give up his massive financial holdings, says The Intercept. And that’s lucky for him, because Icahn just brokered a deal with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the ethanol… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: Japanese-American farmers in WWII; poultry collusion; and immigration fears on the farm

Japanese-American farmers remember when their country made them prisoners FERN & KQED’s California Report In FERN’s latest story, with KQED’s California Report, reporter Lisa Morehouse returned with some of the survivors of Japanese-American incarceration camps and their relatives to the Lake Tule camp in Northern California, where Japanese-Americans, many of them farmers, were forced to grow food for the U.S. government.… » Read More

Editor’s desk: FERN’s latest – The fight for school lunch; Japanese-Americans remember; rising Gulf waters

In the past week, the Food & Environment Reporting Network published three stories that showcase the breadth of our work and the expanding scope of our partnerships. In “Revenge of the Lunch Lady,” produced with The Huffington Post’s longform channel, Highline, Jane Black tells the story of a much-maligned school district in West Virginia that… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: Radical lunch lady; Louisiana tribes face a rising sea; and fleece in your fish

Revenge of the lunch lady FERN & Huffington Post’s Highline When British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came to Huntington, W.Va., to shoot his reality television show “Food Revolution,” he promised to revamp school food in the country’s least-healthy city. He put mint in the students’ peas and dashed cinnamon into their chili. But when he… » Read More