FERN’s Friday Feed: Gig workers rise up

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. The workers who deliver your food are hungry FERN and Mother Jones “Demand for couriers [for meal-delivery apps] grew during the pandemic, yet their conditions only deteriorated,” writes Karina Piser. “Lockdowns cut into their hours,… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: The promise of fly farming

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. The rise of industrial-scale insect farms Anthropocene “Insects are starting to enter the commercial agricultural food chain, albeit indirectly, through animal feed and pet food,” writes Lynn Schnaiberg. “Shoppers can now buy fly-fed farmed trout… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: Digital dumpster-diving

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. The latest in fight against food waste: Dumpster-diving apps Grist “Preventing excess food from heading to the dump was once the domain of counterculture movements like the ‘freegans’—a loose group of vegans who made exceptions… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: The next Dust Bowl?

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. Scientists warn of modern-day Dust Bowl in the Great Plains Yale Environment 360 “Improved agricultural practices and widespread irrigation may stave off another agricultural calamity in the Great Plains,” writes Nathaniel Scharping. “But scientists are… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: A bad burn

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. Global demand for charcoal is destroying Africa’s forests The New Republic “In 2020, the United States alone imported over 158 million kilograms of charcoal from various countries,” writes Chekezie Omeje. “Africa accounted for about two-thirds… » Read More