Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think.
The Washington Post
“This is Lasagna Love’s goal: Volunteers cook batches of lasagna and deliver them free to families struggling with food insecurity or other issues during the pandemic. The project has served lasagna to more than 4,000 people, and volunteers are in every U.S. state. ‘Giving somebody a lasagna communicates like: Hey, take a break here. Everybody get together, have that family experience,’ says Rhiannon Menn, Lasagna Love’s founder.”
As average annual temperatures rise in the Southwest, “[a]nimal farmers are … compelled to find ways to adapt to this climatic shift, exploring new ways of keeping chickens and cows cool, or importing more heat-resistant breeds,” writes Chris Malloy. “Lingering in the air is the question of whether the climate crisis is making animal agriculture in this part of the world impractical.”
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In These Times
Online SNAP was billed as a “core component” of the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response. But “[a]n In These Times investigation finds that many rural residents say online grocery ordering and delivery is fundamentally at odds with their cultural, physical and technological realities. Instead, the program is almost entirely to the benefit of retail giants — leaving out independent grocers — and ignores the gaps in rural infrastructure.”
The New York Times
On the final day of the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, the Ebony Anglers walked from the dock to weigh their catch. “[A] few bystanders cast curious glances their way,” writes Jonathan Abrams. “It was probably the first time any of them had come across a team of all Black women in the mostly white, mostly male world of competitive fishing … Many Black people … are not exposed to the nautical lifestyle, and the high cost of entry to competitive fishing is a significant deterrent.”
“It was the cheese that proved to be John Kerry’s downfall in 2003. The Democratic candidate ordered his cheesesteak with Swiss — an unforgivable error,” writes Josie Delap. “Worse still, he nibbled daintily at the sandwich instead of taking big bites and embracing ‘the Philadelphia lean,’ a stance that ensures the juices dribble down onto the pavement and miss the eater’s shirtfront. The ridicule that met Kerry’s choice explains why ordering a Philly cheesesteak has been described as one of the riskiest moves a high-profile politician can make.”