Organic or starve: Can Cuba’s new farming model provide food security?

In the town of Hershey, a couple of hours’ drive east of Havana in Mayabeque province, you can see the past and the future of Cuban farming, side by side. More on this story Read more of our reporting on nutrition and food access.  Read more of our reporting on farms and labor. Read more… » Read More

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Seven ways climate change could kill you (really)

What do allergies, heart attacks, salmonella outbreaks, and depression have in common? Give up? Well, most Americans don’t know either, according to an October report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. More on this story Read more of our reporting on climate change & drought. Read a summary of this story. The answer is… » Read More

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Hu tieu, a Vietnamese dish spiced with prosperity and climate change

On a visit last month to the town of My Tho, the capital of the Tien Giang province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, I found a riverside restaurant that served the local specialty, a dish called hu tieu. It’s a delicious soup, dense with stretchy rice noodles and topped with succulent locally farmed shrimp. More on this… » Read More

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Tuna firm’s bungled IPO exposes China’s flouting of global fishing rules

Reporting on international fishing can often feel like investigating organized crime. Everyone knows how things are run, but the truth is obscured by shell companies, back-door dealings, and plausible deniability. More on this story This story helped push China Tuna to pull their IPO. See what other nations are doing to save tuna in their seas… » Read More

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California’s drought creates an unexpected casualty: sports

A year ago, Lauren Porter worked out twice a week at dawn with a women’s soccer club on the main recreational field at the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC). The field commands a view of scenic Monterey Bay. “Every morning, it was so great,” says 21-year-old Porter, a fourth-year environmental studies major. More on this story… » Read More

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California governor vetoes ‘unnecessary’ livestock antibiotics bill

The governor of California on Tuesday vetoed a first-in-the-nation state law to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production and said lawmakers should look for “new and effective ways” to prevent antibiotic overuse. More on this story Want more of Chuck’s great reporting? Sign up for the daily FERN Ag Insider. Read more of our work… » Read More

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Rehabilitating hospital food: aiming for healthy, sustainable and savory

In reviews on Yelp, San Francisco’s Moffitt Café averages four-and-a-half out of five stars. “Unbelievable variety, farm to table fresh food, wide produce selection, and great prices!” enthuses one customer. “I’m really happy with eating here, they have SO many options,” gushes another. More on this story Read more of our reporting on nutrition & food… » Read More

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Palau’s Plans to Ban Commercial Fishing Could Set Precedent for Industry

Tuna in Ship's Hold

The Pacific island-nation of Palau is close to kicking all commercial fishing vessels out of its tropical waters. The move will single-handedly section off more than 230,000 sq miles of ocean, an area slightly smaller than France, to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves. The sanctuary, which Palauan President Thomas Remengesau Jr announced at… » Read More

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