In Puerto Rico, an economic disaster looms amid fears of coronavirus

The island’s swift lockdown has further frayed a safety net strained by hurricanes and political upheaval.
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The case for eating crickets

A new video shows a pair of artists raising thousands of crickets—for musical collaboration and as a source of home-grown protein.

To avoid dumping milk, dairy farmers find new market at Vermont food banks

In Vermont and across New England, the dairy industry is coming together to support struggling farmers and hungry families.

Feeding refugees on the US-Mexico border was always a challenge. Now there’s COVID-19

Since 2019, a humanitarian crisis has been unfolding directly across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas. The pandemic has made food delivery considerably more complicated.

What a week's disasters tell us about climate and the pandemic

Extreme weather presents an even bigger threat when economies are crashing and ordinary people are stretched to their limits.

With coronavirus roiling food supply, local agriculture seeks resurgence

Coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking facilities and shortages in groceries are driving some consumers to reconsider local food options.

Red Wing United is building power in Laredo, 'the last place to get aid'

Two young organizers have rallied the border town community to meet the needs of the most vulnerable during the pandemic.

Charting the spread of COVID-19 in the food system

Food industry workers have experienced some of the fastest-growing rates of COVID-19, which FERN has been closely tracking in the food system since mid-April.

With schools closed, their gardens take on a new role

Long-established school gardens are focusing on community service in addition to ongoing education.

Pandemic upends life on isolated, idyllic Galapagos Islands

Before the coronavirus pandemic, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn't have a single intensive care unit bed.

Tom Colicchio, Eric Kessler: How to crisis-proof our food system

The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of a nationalized and inequitable food system.

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.

The farm to food bank movement aims to rescue small-scale farming and feed the hungry

Across the country, grassroots and regionally supported programs are paying farmers to harvest surplus crops to meet skyrocketing demand.
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