How the loss of soil is sacrificing America's natural heritage

A new study points to a stunning loss of topsoil in the Corn Belt — the result of farming practices that have depleted this once-fertile ground.

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Natalie Baszile: For Black Americans, landownership has a ‘long and complicated’ legacy

Since the days of Emancipation and ‘40 Acres and a Mule,’ land has meant many things to Black families: loss, dreams, injustice—and self-reliance.

Lucy Martinez-Sullivan: We need to get food industry dollars out of politics to save our democracy

A new report pulls back the curtain on how the $1.1 trillion food industry uses trade associations to block public health measures and harm frontline communities and workers of color.

Food waste creates more greenhouse gases than the airline industry

Food waste creates more greenhouse gases than the airline industry. But there are several ways to fix that, starting with your shopping habits.

From capture to culture: Aquaculture in the US

With more than 80 percent of the world's fish stocks at or near collapse, some marine conservationists suggest that aquaculture might help counter the problem of overfishing.


Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts

While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.

Donations to Black-led food and land organizations shift from charitable giving to true reparations

Transferring wealth to Black-led groups is a particularly potent form of reparations with immediate benefits to communities of color.

Urban farmers have been leaving Vancouver for greener pastures

The city aimed to host 35 urban farms by 2020, but its policies have resulted in more farm closures than openings.

The COVID gardening renaissance depends on seeds—if you can find them

Once again, demand for seeds is sky high again. Many say that signals a longer-term shift towards growing food at home.

Mary Hendrickson, Philip H. Howard: Food system monopolies make food more expensive, less accessible

Food production in the U.S. is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That's been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.

Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

Internal government emails show actions similar to those by Bayer and lobbyists to kill a proposed ban in Thailand in 2019.


Richard Silber, Liam Torpy: Warming and warnings from the high Himalayas

The region is warming much faster than much of the planet, and the consequences are already showing.

Farming fish in the sky

A massive indoor fish farm will bring locally produced food to Singapore.

Among the apartment and office blocks of downtown Tampa something edible grows

New urban farm sprouts up to meet need for fresh produce in ‘food desert’ through a partnership between the Tampa Housing Authority and three local farmers.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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