Five years ago, we created FERN with the hope of shedding light on food and farming through rigorous independent reporting. Eighty-four articles, 42 publishing partners, 42 freelance writers and many awards later, we’re hitting our stride. But now we face more threats and bullying than ever. Our work to keep watch on food and agriculture at the federal, state, and local level remains essential.

Our work has contributed to real change.

  • Our story for The Nation magazine on pesticide overuse near schools in California pushed the state to change its regulations.
  • A collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS helped convince the EPA to take initial steps toward regulating pesticide use in the legal marijuana industry in Colorado.
  • An investigation we did on the Indonesian palm oil industry for the Huffington Post contributed to major changes in the World Bank’s policy on international development to prevent abuse of indigenous populations.

And that was just in the last year! But we won’t survive without your support.

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In addition, we’re publishing a first-ever print collection of our work called The Dirt: Dispatches from the front lines of food and farming 2011-2016.

For $100 donations and above, you can choose to receive a copy of this full-color, large-format, beautifully designed anthology of sixteen of our favorite stories from the last five years, including an original foreword by Michael Pollan. But don’t delay because we expect the limited print run to go fast. Order your copy by donating now! It also makes a wonderful “gift that gives back”!

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

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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