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

June 27, 2022 update: On June 25, President Biden signed an extension of school meal waivers passed by Congress. The…

2 months ago

A New Bill Aims to Ban Mergers in Ag and Food Sectors

The “Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2022,” is an attempt by policymakers in Washington, D.C.…

2 months ago

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…

2 months ago

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…

2 months ago

Op-ed: I’m a Fast Food Worker. Here’s Why I’m Striking for Industrywide Reform

All over the country, workers like us are facing unacceptable conditions, and being treated as if we’re disposable even after…

2 months ago

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…

2 months ago

Civil Eats Welcomes Wesley Brown, Kalen Goodluck, and Anne Marshall-Chalmers as New Senior Reporters

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wesley Brown is a veteran business and political reporter whose work has appeared in the…

2 months ago

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

Update: In July, 2022, the California State Legislature passed a series of bills that include over $43 million in  investment…

2 months 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…

2 months 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…

2 months 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…

3 months 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…

3 months 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…

3 months 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…

3 months 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…

3 months 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…

3 months 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…

3 months 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-…

3 months ago