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From Civil Rights to Food Justice, Jim Embry Reflects on a Life of Creative Resistance

The veteran food systems organizer says, “within agriculture [is] where we have the most profound need for change, and the most powerful fulcrum point for social transformation of all other human institutions.”

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Injured divers work on various exercises in a small rehabilitation room at the hospital. Dr. Henzel Roberto Pérez, the deputy director of information management at the hospital, said that one of the many problems with the lobster diving industry is “Children are working for these companies. At least one of the companies is from the United States.” (Photo credit: Jacky Muniello)

The Year in Civil Eats Investigations, 2023

From following up on last year’s investigations into animal-ag worker protections and water rights in the West to launching a new series examining Walmart’s outsized influence over the American food system, our reporters dug deep in 2023. 


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Walmart’s ‘Regenerative Foodscape’

Walmart’s efforts to redefine itself as a regenerative company are at odds with its low-cost model, and combined with the Walton family’s vast investments in regenerative agriculture, have the potential to remake the marketplace.


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Listen to Plants, Says Indigenous Forager and Activist Linda Black Elk

The Indigenous ethnobotanist and food sovereignty activist talks about decolonizing our palates, foraging as an act of resistance, and developing closer relationships with dandelions.



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A Florida Immigration Law Is Turning Farm Towns Into ‘Ghost Towns’

Florida is one of a growing number of states threatening to use E-Verify as a way to intimidate and control farmworkers. As farmers face worker shortages and farm communities lose residents, are GOP lawmakers shooting themselves in the foot?

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Civil Eats TV: Women Brewing Change at Sequoia Sake

Of the three female craft sake brewers in the U.S., two make up the mother-daughter team at Sequoia Sake in San Francisco. Working with California rice farmers, they’re bringing the nearly 2,000-year-old national drink of Japan to more Americans.

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