Christina Cooke | Civil Eats


Christina Cooke is Civil Eats' associate editor. Based in North Carolina, she has also covered people, place, science, business, and culture for venues including The New Yorker, The New York Times,, The Guardian, Oxford American, and High Country News. In the past, she has worked as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee and a weekly paper in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of the documentary writing program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies and the creative nonfiction writing MFA program at Portland State University, she teaches interviewing and nonfiction writing at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Find out more at

Zero-Waste Grocery Stores in Growth Mode as Consumers Seek to Ditch Plastic

Inside a re_ grocery store in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of re_grocery)

A Guide to Climate-Conscious Grocery Shopping

A Culinary Worker Strike Could Reshape the Nation’s Restaurants

Culinary workers, bartenders, and hotel attendants in Las Vegas picketing earlier this month outside eight casino resorts. (Photo courtesy of Culinary Workers Union Local 226)

Congress Likely to Preserve OSHA Loophole That Endangers Animal Ag Workers

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What Cuts to the Food Safety Net Mean for People’s Lives

A woman holds a bag of pears as she waits in line to receive free food at the Richmond Emergency Food Bank. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

How the Jackson Water Crisis Is Hurting Its Restaurants

Restaurant workers in Jackson, Mississippi, use bottled water to prep before customers arrive as the city remained without reliable water infrastructure in September 2022. (Photo © Rory Doyle)

Perennial Crops Boost Biodiversity Both On and Off Farms. Researchers Explain How.

Mallard eggs sit in a nest in a Kernza field. (Photo courtesy of courtesy of the University of Manitoba)

Young People Working for Food Justice in North Carolina


Absent Federal Oversight of Animal Agriculture Safety, States and Others Step Up for Change

A happy and healthy-looking worker in a clean and well-lit dairy. Photo credit: Vera Chang.

Animal Agriculture Is Dangerous Work. The People Who Do It Have Few Protections.

A dairy worker in a barn. (Photo courtesy of Migrant Justice)