Today’s special: Grilled salmon laced with plastic

Nearly 50 years ago, scientists studying the North Atlantic Ocean started noticing that tiny fragments of plastic were turning up in their plankton and seaweed samples. The microparticles, they found, absorbed toxic chemicals and were then eaten by flounder, perch, and other fish. Until recently, though, researchers thought these ingested plastics stayed in a creature’s guts and… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 million readers
    Mother Jones

One man is trying to save the world from climate change by mobilizing an unlikely team: Iowa’s farmers

In early March, just a week before the Midwest was inundated by catastrophic flooding, a dozen farmers gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell, Iowa, for an event billed as a conversation about “Faith, Farmers, and Climate Action.” “How is God calling you to use your farm to improve the world?” asked the evening’s… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 million readers
    Mother Jones

The air they breathe

Rosemary Partridge has lived in Sac County, Iowa, for 40 years. She has watched the state’s agricultural landscape change, with large-scale hog farms taking over nearly all the land surrounding her home. The stink of the neighboring farms is “unbearable,” making her nauseous whenever she is outside. She and her husband, once cattle and crop… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 million monthly readers
    Mother Jones

These races will make or break the Blue Wave in farm country

President Donald Trump, who has recently been tossing out hats emblazoned with Make our Farmers Great Again! in John Deere green and yellow, brought his roadshow to Fargo, North Dakota, twice this summer. Both occasions were to stump for Kevin Cramer, who is running for Senate against Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in one of the… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 million monthly readers
    Mother Jones

An Iowa Democrat hopes to win over farmers in a conservative Republican district

Update, Nov. 1, 2018: J.D. Scholten, who won the Democratic primary for the 4th district seat, is now in a close race with Rep. Steve King, who has gotten national attention for his virulent anti-immigrant views and for his support on social media of white supremacists.  On a rainy Wednesday afternoon in May, a half-dozen… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • Mother Jones
    8 million monthly readers

This mine threatens America’s largest wild salmon run

July 4 marks the peak of the largest, most valuable wild salmon run left in America. The sockeye salmon migration into Bristol Bay, Alaska, can exceed 40 million fish. As they charge into the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers and fan out across myriad tributaries, the sockeye and four other species of Pacific salmon are pursued… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • Mother Jones
    8 million monthly readers

How heat kills farmworkers

On a recent summer morning in Mendota, a small farming community in California’s Central Valley, the sun glared down from a cloudless sky. The temperature was heading toward 101 degrees, and it had hit 106 a few days before—not unlike the blistering heat that blanketed much of the West Coast over Labor Day weekend. While… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 MILLION MONTHLY READERSHIP
    Mother Jones

The deliciously fishy case of The Codfather

The fake Russians met the Codfather on June 3, 2015, at an inconspicuous warehouse on South Front Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Codfather’s lair is a green and white building with a peaked roof, fishing gear strewn across a fenced-in backyard, and the words “Carlos Seafood” stamped above the door. The distant gray line… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 Million Monthly Readership
    Mother Jones

Heart of Agave

This story won “Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits” from AFJ. The Suburban surged and swerved, rattling across potholes and rocketing over heaves in the sun-scorched asphalt. At the wheel, Adolfo Murillo smiled with pride. “This road we’re on here,” he said, “for years and years and years was never paved.” Going back to… » Read More

Media Partner
This Story’s Impact
  • 8 Million Monthly Readership
    Mother Jones