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From Farmland to Frac Sand

This article is part of our series of in-depth investigations. Got a tip? Please contact us on our secure email at Fracking, a process used to extract natural gas and petroleum, depends on silica…


This San Francisco Supper Club Gives Youth a Chance to Reinvent Themselves

But Old Skool is much more than a restaurant; it’s a faith-based, violence-prevention program that provides job training, employment, and a second chance at life to at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth. Desiree*, an…


Op-ed: To Fight the Drought, Cities Should Pay Farmers to Get Smarter About Irrigation

Unsustainable water practices, drought and climate change are causing this crisis across the U.S. Southwest. States are drawing less water from the Colorado River, which supplies water to 40 million people. But levels in Lake…


Inside the Brooklyn Packers’ Vision for a Community-Based Micro Food Hub

A version of this article originally appeared in The Deep Dish, our members-only email newsletter. Become a member today to get the next issue in your inbox. “We’ve never had a space before,” said Ray….


How the Cooperative Food Movement Is Evolving

Suparna Kudesia, executive director and co-leader of Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, or CoFED, works with a team of people who offer just that kind of support. She joined the organization in 2018 as the director…


This Pilot Program Is Supporting Tribal Food Sovereignty with Federal Dollars

In late 2021, the two Great Lakes region tribes entered into a joint “demonstration” project under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the nation’s federal food assistance program for income-eligible tribal households. In…


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…