Will California’s New Groundwater Rules Hurt Small-Scale Farms and Farmers of Color?

Main wasn’t totally surprised, though. Over the last 10 years, she’s watched new almond and grape orchards cover thousands of…

4 weeks ago

A Wild, Windy Spring Is Creating a Soil Erosion Nightmare for Farmers

Not only did that wind event—technically categorized as both a derecho and a haboob—send soil airborne, it unearthed wet crop…

4 weeks ago

A Growing Movement to Reclaim Water Rights for Indigenous People

Between Arizona and New Mexico alone, 43 federally recognized tribes call the desert landscape home. However, their ways of life…

4 weeks ago

The Field Report: Tom Vilsack on How the USDA Can Transform the Food System

“A transformed food system is part of how we as a country become more resilient in the face of these…

1 month ago

Inside the Effort to Unionize Square Roots, Kimbal Musk’s Vertical Farming Company

This is the Brooklyn operation of Square Roots, a venture capital-backed vertical farming company founded by Kimbal Musk—a techno-optimist like…

1 month ago

‘Watermelon and Red Birds’ Offers a Guide to Juneteenth—and Black Celebration Culture

Then, in summer 2020, the dynamic of the holiday changed, and Taylor knew the time was right. Following the murder…

1 month ago

California Water Regulators in the Dark on Oil Field Wastewater Risks

Last fall, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board assured critics that it had reviewed studies of the practice…

1 month ago

California Farmers and Cattle Ranchers Struggle to Survive Unprecedented Water Cuts

Three years ago, when he sank everything he had into 66 acres of irrigated pasture in Shasta County, Davy thought…

1 month ago

The Field Report: Food Companies Are Not Counting All of Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“The food sector right now doesn't do a great job of disclosing the majority of their emissions, which come from…

1 month ago

Op-ed: East Buffalo Needs Community-Driven Structural Investments, Not Fly-In, Fly-Out Charity

We are appalled at the framing of these queries, which offer an exclusively deficit-based view of the neighborhood and overlook…

1 month ago

Seaboard Meatpacking Plant Must Address Workers’ Repetitive Motion Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Seaboard Foods in Guymon, Oklahoma, for making its workers repeatedly lift 50-…

1 month ago

Montana Lentil Farmers Go Against the Grain to Build Thriving Organic Business

'We Needed to Build Soil Health' Wheat is king in Montana with 12 million acres of it grown each year.…

1 month ago

What the Insect Crisis Means for Food, Farming—and Humanity

But human activity has pushed many of these pollinator armies to the brink of extinction, according to Oliver Milman, an…

1 month ago

What the Rise of Craft Sake Says about Farming, Climate, and Culture

A New York- and Toronto-based writer and editor (and an occasional Civil Eats contributor), Matsumoto has been writing about sake…

2 months ago

A Zebra Mussel Invasion Threatens Irrigated Agriculture in the Northwest

That’s why tiny mollusks that originated in Eastern Europe worry him so much. The Columbia River Basin, which stretches from…

2 months ago

Op-ed: Food Price Spikes Are About Much More than Ukraine

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, world food prices have hit all-time highs—and they were already mounting before the first tank…

2 months ago

NYC Street Food Vendors: ‘We’re Not Hurting Anyone’

This story was first published by Hell Gate, a worker-owned news site in New York City. Learn more here. Falcon…

2 months ago

Oregon Adopts Nation’s Strongest Farmworker Protections for Heat and Wildfire Smoke

The heat protections require employers to allow workers to take paid breaks to get relief from the heat, provide access…

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