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California Dairy Uses Lots of Water. Here’s Why It Matters.

But dairy is, in fact, king. There are an estimated 1.7 million cows living on dairy farms in California, and the industry brought in $7.5 billion in 2020, including $2 billion in export sales. And…


‘Buy Nothing’ Groups Are Doubling as Food Distribution Networks

“For my parents, it’s very helpful because they see the support of the members of our community,” Koudriashova said. “They have nothing, they don’t have money, and we are sharing the same budget for five…


To Cut Ocean Plastic Pollution, Aquaculture Turns to Renewable Gear

Adams is harvesting today with her business partner Eric Oransky, who works fast, pulling up oyster bags and tossing them onto the deck. Dumping the contents onto a processing table, they count the oysters in…


Are Subsistence Fishers at Greater Risk of Exposure to PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’?

Mwee, who is of Karen ethnicity and was born in Burma (now Myanmar), was 29 years old and had just arrived in Syracuse, New York, after spending 25 years in a Thai refugee camp. Food…


Our Food and Farming Book Picks for Summer 2022

Books We Read Blue New Deal: Why We Need a New Politics for the Ocean By Chris Armstrong Political theorist Chris Armstrong doesn’t expect all his readers to sign onto the brilliant, deeply-researched vision of…


Will Climate Change Help Hybrid Grapes Take Root in the US Wine Industry?

“I’m the one spraying these things, [so] I just would rather not use things that are highly toxic,” Casscles says. “Or, if I am, I’d rather use them three times a year rather than 12.”…


The Field Report: Are Expiring School Meal Waivers a Looming Catastrophe?

Since March 2020, despite unprecedented labor and financial constraints, school nutrition directors have largely been able to adapt their meal programs to meet the ongoing pandemic-driven challenges of getting healthy meals to the nearly 30…


The US is a Dumping Ground for Illegal Seafood. Some Lawmakers Want to Clean Up the Market

Editor’s note: A version of this article appeared last month in The Deep Dish, our members-only monthly newsletter. Become a member today to get early and exclusive access to our in-depth reporting on food and…


Indigenous Agroforestry Dying of Thirst Amid a Sea of Avocados in Mexico

Angahuan, a town of 6,000 inhabitants in the Mexican state of Michoacán, has several generations of Indigenous P’urhépecha women practicing traditional medicine. Juana and Cuchita are part of this group of a dozen curanderas, healers known…


California’s Sheepherders at the Center of an Overtime Battle

This next time around, however, he could make a lot more money. On January 1, 2022, California’s agricultural worker overtime pay rules went into effect for sheepherders employed by operations with 25 or fewer employees….