It takes a gallon of water to grow a single almond. Yet in drought-ravaged California, hedge funds are racing to plant as many new trees as they can.
For generations, plantation owners strove to keep black laborers on the farm and competing businesses out of town. Today, the towns faring best are the ones whose white residents stayed to reckon with their own history.
“With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation.”
Undercover in an industrial slaughterhouse.
Previously: Conover discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.
The case for why a cup of joe is about to become a luxury item.
The case against agriculture.