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“Democracy cannot survive too much ignorance” – Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter

Truth is under assault. There’s more news than ever. And it takes more attention to keep up. Help us ensure our reporting on food, agriculture and the environment keeps reaching further and landing with greater impact. The issues we cover are at the heart of today’s battles: Trade, immigration, public health, nutrition, toxic chemicals, water quality, and labor (to name a few).

We’ve shown the power of taking those issues — and the facts and science tied up within them — and wrapping them in captivating storytelling.

Almost half of our budget comes from individual donors, i.e. people like you. And now we need you to dig a little deeper into your pockets so that we can continue to dig deeper into the food system.

We redoubled our efforts to find important, undercovered stories between the coasts.

  • Our piece with Huffington Post’s Highline explained how Congress wants to gut an obscure federal policy that has helped poor school districts serve free meals to all students. The story was featured on Huff Post’s front page and reporter Jane Black was interviewed on radio and TV
  • Our story with The New Republic about a plot to massacre Somali refugees in a Kansas meatpacking town explores the intersection of immigration, fake news, and economic viability in the Heartland. Writer Ted Genoways has made several media appearances to discuss his work.
  • The dramatic multimedia story and podcast, “Reclaiming Native Ground,” featured Native Americans on Louisiana’s coastline, whose traditional lands are slowly succumbing to rising waters due to climate change. Reporter Barry Yeoman was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered and also participated in a panel discussion in New Orleans about the story.

We want to keep investigating, explaining and exploring. But we can’t do it without you.

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Get The Dirt 2017 when donating $2/mo or $25 or more.

We’ve just released our newest print collection — The Dirt 2017 — which includes six of our favorite stories from this year in an elegant magazine.

Please consider not just a donation, but a recurring donation in the form of a small amount every month. This kind of “sustaining” support is key for us going forward.

  • For $2 a month, you can get The Dirt 2017
  • For $5 a month, you can get the brand new, classy FERN baseball hat or our beautiful anthology The Dirt: FERN’S First Five Years.
  • For $15 a month, you can add the hat plus choose any two items you like (The Dirt, mug, tote, T-shirt or apron!)*

Note that the hat is ONLY available along with a monthly recurring donation! That’s the kind of commitment we need.

You may also donate by check made out to Food & Environment Reporting Network, 576 Fifth Ave., Ste. 903, New York NY 10036.

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