Lisa Held | Civil Eats


Lisa Held is Civil Eats’ senior staff reporter. Since 2015, she has reported on agriculture and the food system with an eye toward sustainability, equality, and health, and her stories have appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Mother Jones. In the past, she covered health and wellness and was an editor at Well+Good. She is based in Baltimore and has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.

The Field Report: The Future of Organic Food Is Taking Shape at the USDA—and Beyond

A grower at City Roots Farm in Columbia, S.C., waters the microgreens at the family-owned local organic vegetable farm.

The Field Report: New Research Shows Dangerous Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Freshwater Fish

a fisherman pulls a largemouth bass that is probably polluted with PFAS from a freshwater lake

As Grocery Stores Get Bigger, Small Farms Get Squeezed Out

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 13: Produce is offered for sale at a grocery store on October 13, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. According to government data released today, the food at home index, a measure of grocery store prices, increased 0.7% in September from the month prior and saw a 13% increase over the last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Field Report: Reflecting on a Big Year for Food News

Goverment Capitol building in Washington DC with autumn park and green floor and blue sky , USA, United States of America

Medicaid Is a New Tool to Expand Healthy Food Access

Shot of healthy food as medicine groceries delivered to a SNAP recipient's door.

The Field Report: FDA Data Shows a Worrisome Increase in Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture

a pig eating antibiotic-filled feed in a hog barn

Is This Biochar’s Big, Carbon-Rich Moment?

Ken Carloni of the nonprofit Yew Creek Land Alliance holds a piece of biochar created from thinned, overcrowded conifer in Yew Creek Forest, Oregon. (Photo CC-licensed by NRCS Oregon)

Can This Chicken Company Solve America’s Food Waste Problem?

a freshly roasted chicken from do good foods, in theory

Young Farmers Are Growing Food for Climate Action and Racial Justice

Iriel Edwards working on the farm. (Photo courtesy of Iriel Edwards)

New Evidence Shows Pesticides Contain PFAS, and the Scale of Contamination Is Unknown

Green plastic drums with chemicals set in the square