A six-part series on a Minnesota farm family facing with the worst U.S. agricultural crisis since the Depression. Winner of 1986 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
“With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation.”
“An Indian farmer has committed suicide every half hour since 2001.”
Why a cow being airlifted by a helicopter says so much about the Swiss economy.
The “naked technological realities” of America’s heartland and how they power a “cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows.”
A trip to an uncompromising cattle ranch.
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.
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.