farming

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Playing Chicken

Antibiotics made modern farming possible. But as “societal drugs,” their use by any individual affects us all.

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"Hurt That Bitch"

What undercover investigators saw inside a factory farm.

Excerpted from The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food.

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Power Steer

Raising a cow on an industrial feedlot.

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Linux for Lettuce

The “subtly radical” open-source plant movement.

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Porklife

How the modern pig farm came to be.

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Heart of the Emerald Triangle

Life on a weed farm in Humboldt County.

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Inside the Milk Machine

“With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation.”

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Why Are So Many Farmers Killing Themselves?

“An Indian farmer has committed suicide every half hour since 2001.”

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Cows Might Fly

Why a cow being airlifted by a helicopter says so much about the Swiss economy.

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Broken Heartland

The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains.

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The American Cloud

The “naked technological realities” of America’s heartland and how they power a “cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows.”

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Hecho en América

On the life of illegal immigrant fruit pickers.

Without 1 million people on the ground, on ladders, in bushes—armies of pickers swooping in like bees—all the tilling, planting, and fertilizing of America's $144 billion horticultural production is for naught. The fruit falls to the ground and rots.

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How Pot Has Grown

A trip to the Cannabis Cup serves as a backdrop for the story of how the War on Drugs revolutionized the way marijuana is cultivated in America.

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Death of a Pig

On the grief that comes with losing livestock.