The Dirt 2016
Collection of FERN writing 2016
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“The Loophole,” by Carson Vaughan and published with The Weather Channel, shows how companies are cutting vast acres of trees in the Southeast, turning them into wood pellets, and shipping them to the EU to be burned for electricity as a supposedly carbon-neutral fuel.
In “The Disappearing Act,” a story produced in collaboration with the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and published by The Guardian, Barry Yeoman reveals how officials in North Carolina, the second-largest hog producing state in the nation, had for years systematically buried complaints against hog and other livestock operations.
“The Drifter,” by Liza Gross, tells the story of a powerful herbicide, dicamba, and how the government was well aware of its risks to non-GMO crops but approved it anyway. Liza’s story was published with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, and also turned into an audio piece that was broadcast on more than 600 public radio stations.