For small farms surviving the pandemic, co-ops are a lifeline

When their buyers closed up shop, some farmers created new opportunities by collaborating with their neighbors.
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Marion Nestle imagines an 'enlightened' approach to national food policy

In her latest book, ‘Let’s Ask Marion,’ Nestle answers all your burning food policy questions—and makes a case for a singular national food policy agency.

Bob Klein: Will the real 'whole grain' please stand up?

A recent test determined that many products labelled '100 whole grain' don't contain anywhere near that amount.

Want more new farmers on the land? Give landowners a tax break

Minnesota created tax incentives for people selling land and other farm assets to beginning farmers, and Pennsylvania and Ohio are following its lead.

Kamala Harris brings food justice to the Democratic ticket

As vice president, experts say Harris would be able to advance her years-long focus on hunger, worker rights and protections, and environmental justice.

USDA moves forward with sweeping plans to prevent fraud in organics

The Trump administration has let other changes to the label stall out, but advocates and farmers say the USDA should do more to support organic.

COVID brought SNAP users online. Advocates say mega-retailers are selling them junk food

Just two retailers—Walmart and Amazon—are approved to accept online SNAP sales in most states. A new report shows how they're making it harder for low-income shoppers to avoid processed foods high in sugar and sodium.

Black Lives Matter in the food system

In acknowledgment of today’s #StrikeForBlackLives, we share some of our recent reporting on Black lives and the food system.

The World Food Prize winner says soil should have rights

Dr. Rattan Lal, the second soil scientist to receive the honor, digs in deep to carbon sequestration, climate change, and the importance of a Clean Soil Act.

J.D. Scholten wants to transform Midwestern farm politics

The Iowan is in the midst of a second congressional run against Steve King on a platform of breaking up Big Ag to make farming work for all.

Mark Winne, Andy Fisher: With food insecurity on the rise, nutrition incentives should be more equitable

Food security experts argue that while federal incentives to add fresh produce to food assistance are critical, they are also deeply inequitable.

What needs to change in America’s food system

From paying workers a living wage to diversifying the supply chain, the coronavirus crisis has exposed fundamental problems with how food is produced and distributed. We asked a group of leaders to explain what needs to change.

Can ancient grains save the planet from climate-induced starvation?

As climate change kills the yields of rice, wheat and soyabeans, ancient grains could save humanity from hunger in coming decades.

EU mulls faster genetically modified food approvals for Trump

Such a move could shift focus to the approvals process at food safety watchdog EFSA.

Neil Thapar: An enormous land transition is underway. Here's how to make it just.

In the next decade, 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. A land justice advocate sees a timely opportunity to counteract entrenched income inequality and systemic racism.
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Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

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Solar power on the rise at US schools

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Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

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